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  • Informants

    “Informants” tells the stories of three paid FBI informants who posed as Muslims as they searched for people interested in joining violent plots concocted by the FBI. With extraordinary access to FBI agents and their informants, as well as undercover recordings, Al Jazeera’s documentary raises questions about whether the men targeted would have acted at all were it not for the paid informants working on the cases. It also brings into question one of the government’s favored domestic counter-terrorism tools after 9/11. The film features never-before-seen video from FBI undercover sting operations and interviews with three former FBI informants; reveals new information about the crimes FBI informants committed while working for the government; exposes how the FBI targeted one young man for recruitment as an informant; features an exclusive interview with a man convicted on terrorism charges in one of the highest-profile federal cases of the last decade; and reveals the identity of one of the FBI’s secret informants. “Informants” is an evocative documentary that breaks new ground covering and questioning U.S. national security policy.
  • Under Suspician at the Mall of America

    The story lifts the veil for the first time on one of the nation's leading programs for fighting terrorism: federal officials have been spurring private businesses to report potential terrorists to law enforcement agencies. The investigation focuses on a program that's been cited by the press and members of Congress as a model -- the private counter-terrorism unit at the Mall of America near Minneapolis, one of the biggest malls in the U.S.
  • "Burning Rage"

    This story covers the rising threat of eco-terrorists in the U.S. In May, 2005, John Lewis, Deputy Director of the FBI, testified on Capitol Hill that domestic terrorism by radical environmental groups such as the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front were the biggest threat to American security. 60 Minutes set out to either prove or disprove Lewis' testimony and found that, indeed, such groups were responsible for a rising number of arson and bomb attacks.
  • Rendition

    The story investigates the CIA's practice of "rendition", the abducting of terrorism suspects in foreign countries and transporting them to countries where they can be interrogated, which sometimes includes torture. The investigation uncovered secret flights by CIA aircraft, the rendition of a suspect from Sweden to Egypt, and the transport of others to Uzbekistan. The report includes an interview with a German citizen who had allegedly been rendered by mistake.
  • Rural Gangs Series

    This investigation showed the spread of big-city gang activity into rural areas and small towns. After 9/11, many local anti-gang units were cut in favor of counter-terrorism forces. Consequently, gangs are growing and there is little resistance. The investigation focuses specifically on gang activity in Durham, North Carolina.