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  • Guilty of Being Weird

    Spin tells the story of Jason Jansky, a teenager who has been charged with hoax bombing and terrorist threats without much evidence against him. The report reveals that Jansky has been wrongfully pointed a suspect only because he has showed some of the behavioral traits of the shooters at Columbine. The article details the distribution of unfounded rumors and scare stories about the risks posed by the so-called "goths," students who dress in black, and have their hair dyed and fingernails painted. The reporter finds that "the spurious connection between music and clothes and killing" has already been made in people's mind, and this "may drive the weird kids to make the rumors come true."
  • The case of the missing H-bomb

    An In These Times investigation reveals that "the Pentagon has lost track of the mother of all weapons, a hydrogen bomb ... designed to incinerate Moscow." The article tells a 40-year old story of a training mishap, which resulted in dropping the bomb into the shallow waters of Warsaw Sound, near the mouth of the Savannah River. The reporter cites Pentagon's internal memos showing that the bomb has never been found, and that the military has recognized this as a potential threat. "There exists the possibility of accidental discovery of the uncovered weapon through dredging or construction in the probable impact area," states one of the memos. Other declassified documents, used in the story, reveal incidents with H-bombs accidentally dropped in foreign lands, which the Pentagon has covered up.
  • While No One Was Looking

    Energy Department secretary Bill Richardson has decided to allow commercial nuclear reactors to start producing tritrium, an isotope used to turn A-bombs into H-bombs, multiplying their potential power. While this "dual use" of facilities is not illegal, it flies in the face of 50 years of policy concerning civil/military separation in the nuclear arena. Is this a step backwards in the fight against nuclear proliferation? the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists asks.
  • The Kosovo Cover-Up

    This Newsweek article uncovers a "suppressed on-site survey of Serb military targets" and a "cover-up study on the Kosovo air war." The investigation shows that the "the air campaign against the Serb military in Kosovo was largely ineffective," as "NATO bombs ... barely dented Serb artillery and armor." The reporter reveals that "the bombing ... was highly effective against fixed targets, like bunkers and bridges," as well as faked targets, but in reality only a few tanks and military targets have been hit. The story exposes the attempts of the Defense Department to fudge.
  • Vieques: In Whose Defense, At What Expense

    "The series explored the depth of passion and history that brought the Navy into conflict with Puerto Ricans on the island of Vieques. The story revealed the contradictions and emotional basis of both the Navy's and the anti-Navy protestors' positions. Neither the protesters nor the Navy can support their hardened positions on the facts now available.
  • Closed Ranks? The Color of Commandos

    The San Diego Union-Tribune investigates the integration of the U.S. military's most elite forces, the Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Air Force Commandos. While most of the military is successfully integrated -- one in three soldiers is of a minority -- the members of elite forces are mainly white. About one in eight elite soldiers are minorities. Crawley discovered that this racial disparity is due to cultural and historical biases and a perception of racism among the members of these elite units.
  • The Perversion of Hate

    An investigation by the Los Angeles Times Magazine reveals that laws against hate crimes are being abused by prosecutors. "Hate crime legislation has been an easy sell to legislatures and public because of a general belief that the laws will punish synagogue bombers and Klan murders, who are almost always dealt with severely anyway. Instead, the offenders commonly nailed by these laws are poor and uneducated whites and minorities who offenses often are closer to throwing punches than bombs."
  • Ground Zero

    This article examines Spring Valley, "one of Washington's loveliest neighborhoods. It also was a site for testing bombs and chemical weapons. While the army says there's little to worry about, new evidence and excavations point to danger hidden under ground."
  • Laos: Exploding the Past

    Lovering tells the story of UXO Lao, a bomb disposal program in the poor country of Laos. From 1964 to 1973, Laos was the target of one of "the most extensive bombing campaigns in history... An average of one planeload of bombs fell every eight minute for nine years..." Prior to the Vietnam War, the CIA secretly orchestrated a civil war in Laos. When the fighting ensued in neighboring Vietnam, Laos became a target of air strikes. Some bomb specialists estimate that 30 percent of the bombs dropped on Laos failed to explode. A 1997 survey by Handicap International found that more than 10,000 people in Laos have been maimed or killed by unexploded bombs.
  • Rocky Flats: From Cold War to Hot Property

    Westword examines what has happened to Rocky Flats after the Atomic Energy Commission built a nuclear-weapons plant near the Denver area in the 1950s. The disposal of more than 1,500 kinds of chemicals and radioactive plutonium. Dow Chemical undertook only the slightest precautions in getting rid of the waste. It attempted solar evaporation ponds and mixing the toxic, often radioactive sludge with cement that never hardened. Over the years, materials left unprotected outside in second-hand barrels and other careless containers seeped into the prairies and groundwater. In 1974, Rockwell International took over and continued the pollution. In 1989, the plant was raided by the FBI and Colorado's first ever grand jury convened. Indictments and a $18.5 million fine were levied at Rockwell, the contractor and DOE employees. Today, an ambitious goal of cleaning up the land by 2006 is set but few have faith that the environmental damage sustained at Rocky Flats can be undone.