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  • Money for Nothing

    This investigation examined loans made by the US Government to foreign businesses. It found that the US government made nearly a quarter-billion dollars of loans to Mexican businesses without doing any fact-checking. The loans fell into default, which could have been avoided if the government had done basic research. Furthermore, the government also made loans to suspected drug cartel-connected members.
  • Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power

    This book investigates the response by U.S. companies and the U.S. government to the raising of environmental health standards by the European Union. The book reveals the Bush Administration's policy of retreating from environmental responsibility, while the rest of the world embraces it. The book explores the effects of this attitude on the environment, health of U.S. citizens and international relations.
  • Collateral Damage: Human Rights and U.S. Military Aid After 9/11

    This project investigated the impact of foreign lobbying and terrorism on U.S. post-9/11 military training and aid programs. Controversial U.S. allies such as Pakistan received billions of dollars in additional, new military aid to fight the global war on terror. Additionally, foreign governments spent millions lobbying the White House and the Pentagon, taking advantage of the chaotic policymaking environment to ask for their own military aid. The investigation revealed that the change in priorities often came at the cost of human rights and fiscal accountability.
  • Nuclear Threat Made in U.S.

    This story revealed how the U.S. government scattered tons of highly enriched uranium around the globe and then failed to get the material back. The Tribune documented how a misguided Cold War program called Atoms for Peace provided bomb0grade uranium fuel to dozens of nations in an attempt to win allies and curry favor. Today, 40 tons of this same uranium remain outside of U.S. control.
  • Made in China

    The author travelled to China undercover to expose how steroids make their way from China to US athletes. The author also developed a faux steroid website in order to sting the largest supplement wholesaler in America, who was also selling illegal designer steroids.
  • Return of the Godfathers

    This is duplicate of 22922, please go there for the story
  • The War Crimes of Afghanistan

    Newsweek reveals that, in Nov. 2001, "America's Afghan allies suffocated hundreds of surrendering Taliban prisoners in sealed cargo containers." Although surrendered fighters were killed by a regional warlord, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, the investigative team finds evidence that American soldiers had advanced knowledge of the killings or participated in them. The story has been mostly based on a confidential U.N. report on the killings, as well as investigations into a mass grave site.
  • The 1980 'October Surprise' Revisited

    Three-part article describing allegations about 1980 October Surprise, in which Republicans were accused of cooperating with the Iranian government to delay the release of American hostages until after the presidential election. Includes interview with Jamshid Hashemi, an Iranian participant in secret negotiations. Also includes allegations of President Bush's and the Israeli government's involvement in the incident.
  • Blood Money

    The Primetime Live team was "able to document and expose an illegal black market, trafficking in human body parts harvested from executed Chinese prisoners, for sale here in the United States. (The) story began in a luxury hotel suite in Manhattan and led to a restricted military hospital in the Chinese province of Guangzhou, as (the) reporters documented the sale of a prisoner's kidney with the use of hidden cameras, rare eyewitness accounts and a graphic video smuggled out of China of actual executions by firing squad."
  • The Fixer

    New York Magazine takes a close look at Rockland County Congressman Ben Gilman who spent 23 years as an inconspicuous party hack and is now head of the powerful House International Relations Committee. The 72-year-old has also been the latest Republican point man on questions of foreign policy. One of the most powerful figures in American foreign policy today, Gilman has allowed his office to become a clearing house for Jewish fringe groups fighting the peace process