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  • Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber

    This article takes an in-depth look into the making of the Unabomber. Chase explores Kaczynski's time spent in Harvard and during which time he was also subjected to a series of purposely brutalizing psychological experiments.
  • The Columbine Tapes

    "Time sent a team of reporters to Littleton, Colo., to find out what victims, parents, students, school administrators and police investigators had learned about the Columbine massacre and the weeks and months leading up to it. What they found was almost as startling as the shooting itself: The teenage gunmen, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, had planned and plotted their destruction for at least a year. And (the gunmen) left behind revealing diaries and a series of home videos... They also found that warning signs had been missed... Much of what we had heard about the shooters in the immediate aftermath turned out to be untrue - and while the community and the nation spent eight grueling months struggling to understand the massacre and questioning how and why it could happen, the police task force investigating the shooting had the answers all along and allowed all of us to wallow in uncertainty and misinformation..."
  • The Mess NATO Left Behind

    The Progressive reports how "Unexploded cluster bombs and depleted uranium shells litter Yugoslavia's landscape... Unexploded bomblets from cluster bombs are just one of the many hazards left behind by NATO's two-month air war against Yugoslavia. Signing a peace agreement may have ended the fighting, but cleaning up the dangerous debris could take years."
  • Greetings, America. My Name is Osama bin Laden. Now that I have your attention...: A Conversation with the Most Dangerous Man in the World

    Esquire reports the process and results of an interview with Osama bin Laden. Two months before the destruction of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania by bin Laden's truck bombs, it was happening. It was after midnight on this mountaintop, and Osama bin Laden was not yet a household name in the United States. Still, a grand jury in New York had for a year been hearing evidence about his role as a key organizer and financier of anti-American terrorism. The FBI suspected that bin Laden- or at least bin Laden's money - had been behind everything from the World Trade Center bombing to the downing of American helicopters in Somalia to bombings that targeted American servicemen in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. And by now, bin Laden knew that his targets were beginning to wake up to the threat he posed.
  • Bioterrorism: America's Newest War Game

    America now spends more than $7 billion a year defending itself against backpack nuclear bombs, canisters of nerve gas and petri dishes of germ weapons planted in crowded cities by an as-yet-unknown adversary. So many different agencies are shoring up the nation's defenses against mega-terrorism, says the government auditor, that it's hard to keep track of where all the money is going, let alone whether it is being spent wisely. The article details various biological and chemical weapons and other programs.
  • The Perfect Terrorist Weapon

    60 Minutes found that Russian tactical nuclear weapons called atomic demolition munitions or "suitcase bombs" were unaccounted for. General Alexander Lebed said he was Yeltsin's National Security Advisor, he had ordered an inventory of the suitcase bombs and could not find more than eighty of the small portable nuclear weapons.
  • The World's Riskiest Airport

    In mid-1996 WLS-TV obtained classified FAA test results that also put forth O'Hare as the world's riskiest airport per passenger: with undercover agents able to sneak through faux bombs at an alarming rate. The story looks at security checkpoint agents, janitors and maintenance employees pressed into service as bomb-sniffers when they had not training nor wherewithal to perform such jobs.
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    Science News looks at the debate over whether or not to tag explosives in order to deter terrorists from using bombs. While tagging explosives would make it easier for investigators to trace a criminal based upon where he purchased his explosives, some gun owners fear that to tag gunpowder might make it unstable and unsafe for use in bullets. (Sept. 14, 1996)
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    CBS News investigates how safe air travel is from bombs. The technology exists to detect most bomb materials before they get on aiplanes and hardened containers now exist to protect airplanes from small bombs. But due to the costs involved, the aviation community and the FAA have not instituted these developments. (Oct. 12, 1995)
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    In May 1943, the Japanese fleet at the Pacific island of Truk was chosen as the first preliminary target of the U.S. atom bombs, which were expected to be ready by spring of 1945. Military planners ruled out Germany as a target, fearing that if the bomb was a dud the Germans would use it to design their own atomic weapons. The scientists who worked on the bomb believed Germany was the target until well into 1945. Some scientists left the Manhattan Project after learning that the Germans did not have a viable atomic bomb program. (May/June 1995)