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  • The Red Team

    "Nearly six years after 9/11, classified test results leaked to 9NEWs show Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport failed to find about 80% of weapons, like bombs and liquid explosives, carried by federal undercover agents called the Red Team. Denver is just one of many airports nationwide that are failing the tests, according to the Dept. of Homeland Security's OIG and US Government Accountability Office."
  • Why Aren't We Safer?

    Five years later, ABC News examines the question of how much safer we are after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The report mentioned how easy it remains to acquire ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which is used in explosive devices. The investigation found that customers paying cash can get the substance at local agricultural supply stores and "move it to a storage warehouse a few miles from the White House, undetected."
  • Tracking Your Security

    Acting on a tip, WBBM investigates as dog teams protecting the Metra rail system are found to be "unable to detect suicide bombers." Also, the dogs were standing around instead of patrolling train stations. At the time, the story also uncovered a "lack of state and national certification standards and testing of bomb dog teams that would ensure they could actually detect explosives."
  • "Under Fire"

    This is a profile of marines in combat in Ramadi, one of the most dangerous cities in Iraq. They face roadside bombs, injuries, difficulty in identifying their enemies, and one marine is killed in action.
  • Military Menace: Deadly Vehicles

    Many of the deaths and injuries to American soldiers in Iraq are the result of vehicle accidents rather than bullets or bombs. Zagaroli's series examines how military vehicles are often out of date, do not have standard safety equipment, and are being driven by soldiers with little or no training. Because the Pentagon did not send enough armored vehicles to Iraq, soldiers fitted their own Humvees with make-shift armor that the vehicles were not designed to carry, which made them more accident prone.
  • News zero: The New York Times and the bomb

    This book documents how The New York Times shaped public opinions that helped the U.S. government develop atomic weaponry. The book reveals how The Times' science writer also was on the payroll of the U.S. Army, how The Times obscured the impact of radiation, and how the enormity of U.S. nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific has been shrouded in secrecy for decades despite an amount of testing from 1946 to 1962 that equates to the detonation of about 8,580 Hiroshima-sized bombs.
  • 13 News Investigations: Stolen Military Weapons

    This story covers a chronic problem that the Pentagon faces: weapons stolen from the military. As this story reveals quite a few of these weapons find a way to the highest bidder. According to this report, weapons of all kinds including crude bombs are stolen frequently.
  • The Bugging Bombshell

    Triggered by the news of the FBI secretly planting a listening device in Philadelphia Mayor John Street's office, the Daily News carries out a larger investigation into the story. This series reveals that the mayor is part of a federal investigation focusing on awarding contracts to political contributors - also called pay-to-play politics.
  • Faulty Batteries in Smart Bombs

    CBS reports that batteries produced by Eagle Picher Technologies of Joplin, Mo., for smart bombs used in major weapons have failed acceptance tests. Battery failure has occurred in smart bombs used in Afghanistan, which resulted in killing civilians, as well in the nation's nuclear arsenal. "In addition, employees charge that Eagle Picher falsified tests to cover up the bad batteries and send them to contractors," according to the contest entry summary.
  • Airport Security

    CBS reporters, led by a former Federal Aviation Administration security team employee, test eight major airports -- JFK, LaGuardia, Baltimore, Reagan National, Atlanta, St. Louis, Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles -- for security flaws. They enter through checkpoints with lead-lined film bags where weapons could be hidden invisible to the X-ray machines. The result is the same both six months after Sept. 11 and a year after Sept. 11: In 70 percent of the cases the security personnel fails to open the lead-lined bags.