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  • Iraqi Prison Abuse

    Reporters went beyond Abu Ghraib to find evidence of widespread prisoner abuse. This series of stories revealed the brutal interrogation tactics the U.S. military was using to torture Iraqi prisoners and, in a few cases, to kill them. The prisoners who did die did not receive autopsies or were classified as dying by natural causes. The investigation further revealed contradictions made by the Pentagon.
  • "U.S. accused of torture flights," "American Gulag"

    This investigation by Grey, a free-lance writer, reveals how U.S. intelligence agencies are flying terrorist suspects to countries with poor human rights records to interrogate them. Though the American government denies allegations of using such "torture by proxy" tactics, confidential travel logs detail trips to Egypt, Syria and Uzbekistan where witnesses say the prisoners are tortured.
  • A Blue Wall of Silence. False Confessions

    The Washington Post exposes police misconduct in Prince George's County in two related series. "False confessions" reveals that the county's homicide detectives have used "such coercive interrogation tactics that innocent people have confessed to murder." Depriving the suspects from sleep, interrogating them for days and not allowing them to talk to lawyers are the most common tactics. "Blue Wall of Silence" reports on a decade-long pattern of police shootings. The stories reveal that, since 1990 the county police officers have shot 122 people, killing 47 of them. "They killed more people than any other major city or county police force from 1990 to 2000," the Post reports. Many of the victims were unarmed and innocent. The investigation finds that police officers have rarely - if ever - been disciplined, and that some of their crimes did not emerge until the victims or their families sued.
  • The Mouse that Roared

    "Based on a year-long investigation, the Business Journal uncovered a pattern of questionable activities related to the joint operations of the FBI and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NCIB) -- a private-sector investigative group funded by the insurance industry. The close ties between the FBI and the NCIB, which were exposed through the newspaper's reporting, raise serious questions concerning how this nation should proceed in the future with respect to cooperation between federal law enforcement and special-interest groups such as the insurance industry.
  • The Lori Berenson Papers

    The Nation tells the story of a 26-year-old American woman who was sentenced to life in prison in Peru for treason. Now documents obtained by the magazine reveal hasty police work and negligent interrogation. Is she innocent or guilty? The question still remains unanswered.
  • False Confession? Who Killed Woody Woods?

    WMAQ-TV's Unit5 uncovers a Chicago Police investigation riddled with mistakes that raise serious questions about the conviction of a 15-year-old boy for the high-profile murder of a Chicago firefighter. The murder was unsolved for eight months, and then an informant came forward and turned in his own nephew, Ellis Patterson. After eight hours of interrogation, police say Patterson confessed. But the authors examined hundreds of pages of legal documents and found no signed or written confession.
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    American Lawyer revealed how standard interrogations by Arizona law enforcement officials led four innocent people to confess to the slaying of a group of Buddhist Monks in Phoenix.
  • America's Top-Secret Spy War

    U.S. News & World Report conducts a six month investigation using 10,000 classified records which had been sealed away at the National Archives for nearly 30 years. The records and more than 150 follow-up interviews reveal an aggressive U.S. espionage campaign whose full scope has never before been disclosed.
  • Drug Investigation

    KNSD-TV (San Diego) reveals how the Zoo and Wild Animal Park was investigating its workers for drug use on the job by removing them from their jobs and taking them to a secret location for interrogation, Dec. 7-13, 1988.