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  • The Catch

    "The Catch" is documentary investigation that found Canada may be complicit in violating international law because the country’s navy and air force assists the U.S. Coast Guard to police international waters and capture suspected drug smugglers, some of whom have reported mistreatment on board U.S. Coast Guard vessels.
  • Justice Capsized?

    "An investigation of the U.S. Coast Guard's administrative law system, based on internal memos, interviews, the sworn statement of an agency judge and a computer data analysis of thousands of cases, suggests the system in stacked against the hundreds of civilian mariners whose charges of negligence or misconduct are handled by the courts each year. Documents and computer records show that Coast Guards leaders encourage judges to rule in the agency's favor, sometimes in violation of federal laws."
  • A Perilous Place to Play, Navigate

    The Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri is the third-most accident-prone waterway in the U.S., after the Atlantic Ocean and the Colorado river, according to U.S. Coast Guard boating accident data from 1995-2004.
  • Peril on the water

    Missouri has the most alcohol related boating accidents of any state. The authors crunched the numbers, looked for possible reasons for the high rate of accidents, and discussed legal options to encourage less drinking on the lakes.
  • A Colombian village caught in a crossfire

    The LA Times investigates a 1998 controversial bombing of a Colombian village, in which 18 people were killed. The report finds that U.S. military help played a role in the tragedy. The story refutes the Colombian military's version that the bombing was actually a premature detonation of a car bomb planted by rebels, and finds the prosecutors' charge -- that a Colombian air force helicopter actually dropped the bomb -- to be more credible. Other findings are that U.S. Customs planes, tracking a plane supposedly filled with drugs, helped initiate the bombing; two American companies provided supplies and help to the Colombian military on the day of the operation; the bombing site was under aerial surveillance of a U.S. Coast Guard officer.
  • Caught off Guard

    In this article Yeomans examines the deteriorating state of the U.S. Coast Guard through the example of the Heather Lynne II, a small fishing boat that capsized in 1996, drowning its three crew members. The Coast Guard was blamed for negligence on their part because it took nearly two hours to reach the drowned men; the Coast Guard has constantly stated that its resources are stretched too thin to adequately perform its duties; in 1996 the agency's size had been cut by 4,000 people and it's budget by $400 million.
  • Dangerous Waters

    As boat traffic has increased in the State of Missouri, so have accidents, arrests, injuries and deaths. Missouri is one of the most dangerous states for boaters, according to an analysis of U.S. Coast Guard data. The agency tracks serious accidents, those involving injury or death, or damage exceeding $500.
  • Blueprint for disaster

    Anchorage Daily News shows how close ties between the U.S. Coast Guard and the oil industry led to the Exxon Valdez spill. The series also examines Exxon's history of unexplained catastrophic blunders.
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    Seattle Times reports that businesses are still using single-hull tankers, which are extremely vulnerable; reports that government agencies are lax in enforcing safety regulations that result in serious accidents, Nov. 12 - 17, 1989.