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  • Boston Globe: Quiet Skies

    Spotlight fellow Jana Winter received a tip in June that TSA was running a rogue -- and possibly illegal -- new domestic surveillance program in which US citizens not under investigation or on any terrorist watchlist were followed at the airport and in-flight by air marshals who then filed detailed reports about their behavior.
  • CBS News Investigates: Air Marshalls

    CBS News discovered that the U.S. Air marshals are riddled with internal problems. CBS News obtained information that shows supervisors routinely discriminating and intimidating air marshals according to their race, gender and sexual orientation.
  • 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.
  • Air Marshals: Undercover and Under Arrest

    The Federal Air Marshal Service presents the image of an elite undercover force charged with making life-and-death decisions that demand sound judgment. ProPublica found that dozens of air marshals have been charged with crimes, including 18 felonies, and hundreds more have been accused of misconduct. Cases include smuggling drugs past airport security, aiding a human trafficking ring, child sex abuse, bribery, drunken driving, domestic violence, holding an escort against her will during an overnight layover, solicitation to commit murder and voyeurism after one air marshal was caught taking photos of women's genitals on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
  • Policing the Air Marshals

    "The Federal Air Marshal Service presents the image of an elite undercover force charged with making life and death decisions that demand sound judgment. ProPublica found that dozens of federal air marshals have been charged with crimes, including 18 felonies, and hundreds more have been accused of misconduct."
  • Failure In the Sky

    20/20 and ABC News report on the "fatally flawed" air marshal system, even getting an air marshal to speak, undisguised and on the record. The marshals are intended to be anonymous, but the marshal, Spencer Pickard, notes the rules for the air marshals include staying in the same hotels, a dress code that prohibits jeans and sneakers, and "airport boarding procedures that force air marshals to identify themselves as passengers watch." These rules can compromise their anonymity, and render them targets for terrorists rather than the hidden lawmen they are intended to be. The story resulted in a review of policy by the Federal Air Marshal Service, and an eventual relaxing of the dress code and hotel policy. But a solution regarding the boarding procedures is still pending.
  • Federal Air Marshals; System Failure

    An exposed look at the public safety failures inside the Federal Air Marshal service. Some current and former air marshals that were interviewed said that "any diligent terrorist organizations could easily identify and single out flying federal air marshals under current regulations."
  • Investigative Series into Air Marshal

    Air Marshal's were pulled out of key flights to cut down expenses on overnight stay. Later Air Marshals were reinstated on international and cross-country flights.