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  • The Verge with The Investigative Fund: Palantir has Secretly Been Using New Orleans to Test Predictive Policing Technology

    For the past 6 years, the data-mining firm Palantir — co-founded by Peter Thiel — has used New Orleans as a testing ground for predictive policing, Ali Winston reported for the Verge, in partnership with The Investigative Fund. Palantir has lucrative contracts with the Pentagon, U.S. intelligence and foreign security services. The partnership with the NOPD was similar to the "heat list" in Chicago that purports to predict which people are likely drivers or victims of violence. Yet, not only did the program not go through a public procurement process, key city council members in New Orleans didn't even know it existed.
  • SWEDISH RADIO: The bombings, the Security Service and the Nazis

    In November 2016 and January 2017, three bombings are perpetrated in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. The attacks target newly arrived refugees and left-wing activists. One cleaner at a refugee centre is critically injured. The Security Service quickly identifies three local Nazis as those responsible. Later, when they are sentenced by the District Court, the investigation is introduced as a huge success. But when Swedish Radio starts looking into the police investigation, it turns out that the Security Service has had several opportunities to stop the bombings, that they had taken considerable risks in securing evidence, and that one of the bombs were planted right under the noses of the Security Service agents, without them intervening. The review resulted in massive criticism of the Security Service, from the police as well as from experts on terrorism. The review resulted in massive criticism of the Security Service, from the police as well as from experts on terrorism.
  • Inside the war on terrorism

    The series looks at how Washington has waged war against al Qaeda since 9/11 by paying over $20 million to friendly Muslim security services. The stories also explore the roots of the global jihad and the links between organized crime and terrorism.
  • Burning the evidence

    Minnesota Public Radio investigates the incineration of the remains of thousands of ethnic Albanians by Serbian forces under the command of Slobodan Milosevic during the 1999 war in Kosovo. The secret operation was part of a highly-organized effort by Serbia's leadership to conceal evidence of possible war crimes from international investigators. Documentation shows that the operation was carried out by an elite unit of the Serbian security service.
  • Pentagon Crisis: Security-check backlog, and other stories on the chaos in the security clearance program at the Department of Defense

    A USA Today investigation into the problems in the security-clearance program in the Department of Defense revealed a "chaotic clearance program, one beset by strife and a backlog of 600,000 investigations, or one-fourth of the Pentagon's clearance population." Other stories in this series looked at variety of security-clearance related issues including "how dozens of foreign nations sought to gather intelligence at US defense plants on technologies used in sophisticated weapons systems" and "how the top lawyer in the Defense Security Service was reassigned to another agency after warning superiors they were violating government regulations by taking shortcuts on security background investigations."
  • Loose Nukes

    `Frontline finds that the three most alarming cases of nuclear material being smuggled from Russia were connected to a trader still living in a Russian nuclear city, and that the Russian federal security service knows who and where he is, but has guaranteed the culprit's freedom in exchange for his silence. (November 19, 1996)
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    The EXPRESS (Berkeley, Ca.) investigates corruption and brutality in the Oakland Housing Authority security service, a semi-autonomous police agency with the power to investigate and arrest crime suspects around low income housing projects; officials had been aware of serious abuses for two years, and six OHA officers were indicted, Aug. 10, 1991.
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    Honolulu Advertiser publishes series on a privately-contracted airport security service that hired guards with felony records, planned to use excessive force in riot situations and monopolized contract bidding for services with the state.