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  • Us deportations to Muslim nations soar

    In the year after Sept. 11, the US government increased the deportation of people from Muslim nations, as it eased up on illegal immigrants from Mexico and other countries. The largest percentage increases in deportations last year were for citizens in Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Algeria and Saudi Arabia. Deportations to Mexico fell 24 percent.
  • Financing Terror

    The Wall Street Journal takes "a yearlong look at the United States' efforts to shut down the spigot of money that finances terrorist attacks across the globe.
  • Kidnapped

    CBS News 60 Minutes tells the story of Samatha Seramur, an American mother who's three children were being held in Saudi Arabia by their father. Since Saudi Arabia is a patriarchal society, "the ex-wives need the permission of the fathers to gain entry to the country, let alone have any other contact with their children." American mothers have been pleading with the United States government to help them get their children out of Saudi Arabia, but the U. S. State Department does little is anything to assist them. Seramur allowed 60 Minutes to videotape the rescue of her children while their father was on vacation in Malaysia. "The material is so compelling and wrenching because it illustrates what is at stake when families are torn apart in his manner and no one is willing to help them."
  • Annals of National Security; King's Ransom: How vulnerable are the Saudi royals?

    The New Yorker investigates the state of the Saudi Arabian royal family in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and finds its leader, King Fahd, is incapacitated and the ruling princes are stealing from the people and giving money to terrorist networks, particularly Al-Qaeda.
  • Princess Arrested

    WKMG-TV's Tony Pipitone exposed the wrongdoing of a Saudi Arabian princess, Princess Buniah al-Saud, who was charged with battering a servant. After Pipitone was able to interview the victim in the hospital, WKMG-TV's investigation pushed the sheriff's department to re-open the case, and the justice department began looking into the matter as well. "Rather than get diplomatic immunity, she would spend 18 hours in the Orange County, FL, jail without bond, and provoke an international incident."
  • Khobar Towers

    A CBS News report reveals that some of the terrorists involved on the attack of American military personnel in the Khobar towers in Saudi Arabia in 1995 will probably never be indicted. Although the Attorney General John Ashcroft admitted that Iranian officials had supposedly initiated the attack, not one Iranian official was named in the indictment. CBS attempts to explain the possible diplomatic considerations that played part in this.
  • Prophecies of Terror, Attacking bin Laden, The Hunt for bin Laden, The Merchants of Mass Destruction

    A four-part CBS News investigative series reports into the "closed world of Osama bin Laden." The first part features an interview with a former Pakistani intelligence officer, mentor and friend of bin Laden, who warns that America has no idea of the might of Islam in a potential holy war. The second report examines the 1998 missile attack against bin Laden, and the role it played to transform the terrorist into a hero. The third part looks at bin Laden through the eyes of the people of his inner circle and other Muslims, and reveals that they view him as an "Islamic Robin Hood," who supports widows and orphans. The fourth part discovers that chemical and biological weapons from the old Soviet Union stockpile are being sold in the Afghan black market.
  • The Last Amigo: Karlheinz Schreiber and the Anatomy of a Scandal

    Cameron and Cashore tell the inside story of a "notorious middleman and arms dealer, Karlheinz Schreiber, and his connections to elite circles of power in Germany, Canada and all over the world." The book reveals that Schreiber was a key player in the party finance scandal that discredited the former Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl. The coauthors shed light on the police findings that led to the arrest of the businessmen, and find letters and bank records that document Schreiber's tireless dealmakings. Schreiber was charged with tax evasion and bribery. In fact the scope "disguised web of power and money" was much larger, including shameless political influence and pressure on media coverage.
  • Louis Freeh's Last Case

    The New Yorker profiles former F.B.I. director Louis Freeh and document his struggle to solve his last case, the terrorist bombing of an army base in Saudi Arabia. Freeh's career was studded with conflicts over keeping the F.B.I. and the White House as far apart as possible. Still, the bombing case haunted him and he worked for years to get the Saudis to cooperate, to get the administration to pursue indictments even if it complicated politics with Saudi Arabia and Iran. Freeh saw himself as a policeman, politics being completely secondary to justice. For an F.B.I. director this approach did not always work.
  • Asleep at the Wheel: The Government Auto Safety Breakdown

    In a series of news and investigative stories the Los Angeles Times "focused on how the deceptions by auto and tire companies coupled with the ineffectiveness of the nation's auto safety regulators..." Some of the major findings included that "State Farm insurance company had notified federal regulators about problems with Firestone tires as far back as 1998, but got no response" and that "Ford Motor C. was aware of instability problems with its Explorer SUV...but twice had declined to make design changes...". Reporters found out that " tires made by Goodyear had been experiencing similar problems to the Firestones and had been linked to several fatal crashes". Some of the stories questioned the companies' practice to keep "knowledge of unsafe products out of public eye". The series raised questions about the efficiency of federal government on safety issues. It pointed out that "the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had been thwarted for over two decades from setting or updating auto safety standards because of industry pressure and lack of funding and political support from Congress."