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  • Alex Quade's Taliban-5/Spec Ops Capture & Release

    In her exclusive, war reporter Alex Quade, reveals the original story behind the Special Operations Forces’ capture of one of the Taliban-5. Alex Quade persuaded the elite Operators to go on the record, assess the “high risk” detainee’s exchange for POW, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl; and whether the released Taliban leader will attack U.S. interests again. One highly decorated Green Beret who originally helped capture him, is now a National Security Council counterterrorism head, who worked behind the scenes on the recent exchange. The senior Special Forces officer tells Alex of detainee Mullah Muhammad Fazl’s release from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and assesses the government of Qatar’s ability to hold Fazl under the one year travel ban. Former Special Operations “Horse Soldiers” share details with Alex, you’ve never heard before. In Alex Quade’s exclusive, you’ll discover Mullah Fazl’s connection to: convicted “American Taliban” Johnny Walker Lindh; and CIA Agent Mike Spann, the first American killed in action in the war in Afghanistan. You’ll also learn of the released Taliban leader’s ties to former warlord, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum – now the Vice President of Afghanistan.
  • The Largest Foreign Bribery Probe in U.S. History: U.S. v James H. Griffen

    This investigation chronicles the largest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in I.S. history: US vs. James Griffen. Griffen is alleged to have bribed high-ranking officials in Kazakhstan to secure rights to natural resources, like oil, in the early 1990s.
  • The Killer Strain: Anthrax and a Government Exposed

    Thompson's book investigates the U.S. government's failures and incompetencies during 2001's series of Anthrax attacks. The attacks killed five people and left thousands of Americans in fear. The investigation looks at how a number of government agencies from the CDC to the FBI have controlled information under the Bush Administration. "The Killer Strain is the definitive account of the year in which bioterrorism became a reality in the United States, exposing failures in judgement and a flawed understanding of the anthrax bacteria's capacity to kill."
  • Tough Justice

    "The stories examined the origins and consequences of the Bush administration's policies for the military detention and prosecution of terrorist suspects since 9/11. In part, they sought to investigate the abuse of prisoners by their American jailers, both in the United states and abroad. What was unique about coverage of The Times, however, was that it manages to penetrate the government's extraordinary secrecy about the subject to both reconstruct the creation of this new military justice system and assess the intelligence effort that was its bedrock rationale."
  • "For your eyes only"

    The story analyzes the cooperation between CIA and American academia to solve intelligence problems. Some scholars, like Bruce Cummings (University of Chicago) and David Gibbs (University of Arizona) criticize this cooperation. The cooperation grants scholars access to classified information. The intelligence-academia relationship is sometimes a source of conflict; some universities have explicit rules that forbid faculty members to conduct classified research, and one of the most controversial CIA policies is "its insistence that scholars sign a lifetime secrecy agreement before receiving a security clearance", Mooney says. Contrary to Cummings and Gibbs' opinion, Joseph Nye (Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School) says his intelligence ties with CIA, State Dept., Defense Dept. and National Security Council have not prejudiced his scholarship.
  • U.S. Government Hysteria In Computer Security

    Vmyths.com reports on the U.S. government's "panicked approach" to computer security before and after September 11th, 2001. The articles look at "plagiarism and other shenanigans" in the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center, the role of the National Security Council in giving computer virus technology to the Chinese government, an examination of the attempt to limit FOIA in the name of computer security, and an effort to keep the trials of hackers away from public scrutiny.
  • Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?

    After the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, the National Security Council began investigating terrorists use of nuclear weapons and nuclear waste materials. This article takes a look at the use of radioactive waste materials and the threat they pose to the public.
  • The Worst Nightmare

    "A CBS News investigation, conducted jointly with US News and World Report, provided the first irrefutable evidence that Russian organized crime, working with at least one senior official of the government of Boris Yeltsin, had moved into the dangerous but potentially lucrative area of nuclear smuggling. Relying on unique access to senior law enforcement officials in Lithuania and Russia, the reporters unearthed shipping documents, business contracts and other correspondence detailing the illegal movement of 4.4 tons of beryllium from a supposedly secure Russian research facility through a number of middlemen to a Mafia organization in Lithuania and ultimately, to a man identified as a Korean buyer, willing to pay more than ten times the material's market value."
  • (Untitled)

    This story centers around a new Islamic advocacy organization in Washington called the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and its executive director, Nihad Awad. CAIR - which has ties to the Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas - recently blamed a PBS documentary entitled Jihad in American for vandalism attacks against a pair of mosques. The story shows these charges likely to be false. It also explores Awad's current campaign to make CAIR a major player among Muslim advocacy groups. In fact, as the story finds, Awad was one of three Arab-American leaders who recently met in the White House with Martin Indyk, President Clinton's top Middle East adviser on the National Security Council. (December 22, 1994)
  • in the middle

    KTOK Radio (Oklahoma City) investigates the connection between the CIA, FBI, Felix Rodriguez, the Nicaraguan contras and Oliver North to the drug-runner Barry Seale; investigates allegations of "guns down, drugs back" operations involving the National Security Council-run contra resupply operation and drug smuggling, July 27, 1990.