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  • Stop and Seize: Cops and the Cash They Confiscate

    After Sept. 11, 2001, federal authorities asked local and state police to serve as their eyes and ears on America's highways. The departments of Justice and Homeland Security, along with state agencies, spent millions to train them in an aggressive technique known as highway interdiction. But it soon became something else: Dragnets that swept up the criminal and innocent alike in a search for money. The Washington Post series revealed one of the great unknown consequences of 9/11. Local and state police, working through a Justice program called Equitable Sharing, have made nearly 62,000 cash seizures totally $2.5 billion since 9/11, without warrants or criminal charges.
  • Benghazi

    The Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead, shocked Americans, and the murky sequence of events that night almost instantly became politicized, spun and distorted in the heat of a bitter presidential campaign. Amidst the shock and debate, a team of Wall Street Journal reporters, working on the ground in Libya and in Washington, laid out in a series of exclusive, objective and careful reports on what actually occurred that day, and on the mistakes and missteps that contributed to the tragedy. The Journal’s reporting disclosed important facts of the attack—facts subsequently confirmed in the State Department’s official report—and gave readers information needed to cut through the fog and distortions of political debate. The stories came from hard reporting with deep sources and careful sifting of sometimes-conflicting accounts. It was public accountability journalism at its best.
  • "Tracking a Terrorist"

    After the Sept. 11, 2009, FBI raids in New York, the 9Wants to Know team caught wind that a Denver man was connected with the national terror plot. They were the first team to interview the suspected terrorist. They tracked down the chemicals he planned to use and how he planned to carry out his attack.
  • Meet the Robinsons

    The investigation found just 1 percent of commercial airlines carry armed federal air marshals, and cities most vulnerable include New York City and Washington, D.C. Air marshals who are critical of the Transportation Security Administration agreed to go on camera only in silhouette because of past retaliation by the agency - a fact well-documented in government whistle-blower reports.
  • Wayne Barrett on Rudy Giuliani

    Reporter Wayne Barrett rocked the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign by showing that the "9/11 Candidate" was actually tied politically to the terrorist Khalid Sheik Muhammad (KSM), the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attack. Giuliani was obtaining security contracts through the Minister of Interior in Qatar, a man named Abdallah bin Khalid, who is known to have harbored KSM and even tipped him about an FBI raid so he could escape.
  • September 11 Lax Loans

    "The government's $5 billion effort to help small businesses recover from the Sept. 11 attacks was so loosely managed that it gave low-interest loans to companies that didn't need terrorism relief - or even know they were getting it."
  • Nobody's Hero

    This is an investigation into the Defense Department agency Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and its unreliability in helping returned servicemen and women reclaim their jobs upon return from deployment in the Middle East. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 560,000 National Guard members and reservists have been deployed to the Middle East, "the largest mobilization of citizen-soldiers since World War II." But thousands of the more than 460,000 who have returned home after completing their service are finding that employers are reluctant to allow them to return to work. The reservists can seek help from federal agencies including the Departments of Labor, Justice, Defense and the Office of Special Counsel, but the "military brass strongly encourages the rank and file" to ask the ESGR for assistance. Yet ESGR is disorganized and does not always give helpful advice.
  • Private Security in a Post-9/11 World

    As the focal point of a study of the private guard industry in New York state, WNYC looks at Tristar Patrol Services, "which had seen a dramatic expansion after the September 11 attack in NYC, getting more than $80 million in contract work with the City of New York." The company had more than a thousand employees, mostly young minority males, and they had the task of protecting all of the city's office space, infrastructure and Fire Department facilities. The investigation found that Tristar's owner, Gary Zimmer, had been convicted of assault and had to resign as a police officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, yet attained the right to hold a security guard company license when a judge, believing the owner's misrepresentation of his criminal case, granted him an exemption from state law. In addition, there were other issues as Tristar "had been disqualified from doing state work for misrepresenting it had properly credentialed guards, but went on to win a multi-million dollar, multi-year City contract." The company failed to properly compensate guards, including not paying for vacation or advanced state security credentials, and Tristar also did not pay "hundreds of thousands of dollars it was required to pay the union representing the guards to cover union dues and health and welfare benefits required by the contract." But because of the New York Secretary of State's lack of investigators, regulations were not enforced. Also, there is no uniform requirement across the country for the training and qualifications for security guards and companies.
  • Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program

    Author Stephen Grey investigates the "CIA covert rendition program," whish is the transfer of suspected terrorists into foreign custody. He discusses the program's history, how it operates and the North Carolina airline involved. He and others were able to look into the treatment of terror suspects, and through interview Grey found out the interviewees' belief that many prisoners might be tortured as a result of the program.
  • Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America

    Brigitte Gabriel is a former news anchor in the Middle East who is now based in Washington, D.C. The founder of American Congress For Truth, Gabriel writes this book as a cautionary tale, using her own experiences to make the point that radical Islam groups will continue to be a threat to the United States and its people.