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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unsafe at Any Altitude

    Authors Susan and Joseph Trento assert the failings of the government to protect U.S. citizens from terrorism before and after 9/11. This includes an "inept" Transportation Security Administration which is not receiving a proper no-fly list from federal agencies, relying on information from Saudi Arabia regarding al-Qaeda, and alliances with groups that are now adversaries, that helped lead to 9/11.
  • Burning Rainbow Farm: How a Stoner Utopia Went Up in Smoke

    Tom Crosslin and Rollie Rohm were the owners of Rainbow Farm, a 52-acre campground and concert venue with the mission of advocating the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. Their activities included holding events on the property, events at which attendees smoked marijuana and which trumpeted many uses for hemp. Though the two men did not sell or deal the drug, these activities drew the ire of the local Cass County, MI prosecutor, who began to focus efforts on getting Rainbow Farm shut down. Rohm's son was taken away from the two men, and a series of legal pushes by the police ended in a standoff at Rainbow Farm. In the end, FBI snipers shot and killed both men, who had burned Rainbow Farm to the ground in an act of protest. Author Dean Kuiper examines the buildup to the fateful standoff, and discusses what Rainbow Farm's purpose was in this book. Ironically, this story was widely reported in the Midwest before the events of Sept. 11, 2001 pushed it off the front page. Yet Kuiper stuck with it to produce this story.
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    Lawrence Wright examines the rise of terrorist organization al-Qaeda, and how the U.S. intelligence community was unable to check it. Sources included Arabic press, captured al-Qaeda documents, jihadis and members of U.S. and Saudi Arabian intelligence.
  • The Illusion of Homeland Security

    "The series questioned the common assumptions that lawmakers, policy leaders and law-enforcement officials had a meaningful and strategic plan to fight and thwart terrorists in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The research done in these stories showed that U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants were not based on risk, but were distributed and spent like entitlements, often without a concerted plan. Furthermore, supposed successes by the U.S. Department of Justice in rounding up would-be terrorists were found to be trumped up once the facts behind the statistics were unearthed."
  • Security fears at Newark Airport

    This series of stories examines the security deficiencies at Newark Liberty International Airport, one of the three airports breached by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. More than two years after Sept. 11, thousands of bags each day are not being scanned for explosives and security checkpoints remain seriously understaffed, the newspaper found. Subsequent stories revealed equipment problems, security lapses and significant employee absences by security personnel.
  • Plotting Terror: The Origins of the Attacks on America

    These three stories from the Los Angeles Times "examine the origins of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States and develop a new and compelling explanation of how the attacks were conceived and directed and by whom. The stories contain ... revealing portraits of two central figures -- the lead pilot Mohamed Atta and the plot's mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed."