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  • Small Group Goes to Great Lengths to Block Homeschooling Regulation

    This piece explores the incredible impact a single, little-known lobbying organization has had on homeschooling regulations across all 50 states. Using brutal lobbying tactics, the Home School Legal Defense Association has been able to successfully roll back existing laws and intimidate lawmakers into withdrawing any attempt at additional regulations. The result is a largely toothless patchwork of laws, which many fear has resulted in unchecked child abuse and poor education.
  • VA Whistleblower Retailiation

    CNBC has uncovered more allegations of fraud, cover-ups, and intimidation at the Department of Veterans Affairs. We got an exclusive look into how management manipulated patient wait times and what the VA did to retaliate against those who were unwilling to game the system and cook the books. CNBC's Dina Gusovsky reports.
  • Injured Heroes, Broken Promises

    This six-month-long investigation uncovered complaints from hundreds of injured, active duty soldiers who say they were mistreated, harassed and verbally abused by commanders of the U.S. Army’s Warrior Transition Units, or WTUs, which were created to improve care for injured soldiers after the 2007 Walter Reed scandal. Through interviews with wounded soldiers and hundreds of pages of Army records obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request, our reports showed how soldiers at three WTUs in Texas, particularly soldiers with mental wounds, were subjected to harsh treatment from unit leaders who were supposed to guide them through the healing process. Soldiers describe commanders using drill sergeant style threats, intimidation and demeaning language in an apparent attempt to motivate the injured. Video link: https://vimeo.com/116104924
  • Hess Oil's Russian Mob Problem

    Boris Yeltsin once called Russia “the biggest mafia state in the world, the superpower of crime,” and in the 16 years since Yeltsin’s observation, things have only gotten worse, not better. So what was one of America’s biggest energy companies, Hess Corp., doing smack in the middle of a region controlled by a notorious mob organization known as the Indeitsy? That’s what Forbes investigative reporter Richard Behar, an experienced writer on Russian crime, wanted to know. “Hess Oil’s Russian Mob Problem” is the result of extensive and long-cultivated sourcing by Behar in the region, and methodically details an unmistakable pattern of threats, intimidation, violence, legal collusion and kickbacks by the Indeitsy—empowered by its Hess connections—at the expense of anyone perceived even remotely to be standing in its way. As a result of Behar’s reporting, Hess took immediate action, severing itself from its most direct connection the Russian mafia, and eventually divesting itself of the enterprise entirely.
  • Thai Shrimp Industry Exploits Workers to Whet Global Appetite for Cheap Shrimp

    Shrimp is big business in Thailand, thanks to an appetite in the United States that continues to grow. Today, a third of country’s exported shrimp goes to the U.S., its top customer, where retail giants like Walmart and Costco do high-volume sales and suburban Red Lobsters offer bargain blue plate specials. Breakthroughs in aquaculture have helped Thai producers keep up with the rising demand, but there’s a catch to their success: an invisible underclass of Burmese migrant workers, thousands of whom labor in sub-human conditions to keep costs down. Of the estimated 200,000 Burmese migrants working in Samut Sakhon province, the heartland of the Thai shrimp industry, about a third are unregistered and subject to rights abuses. Independent monitors say that thousands desperate to escape the poverty and dictatorship of their homeland cross the border only to find themselves trapped in bonded labor that’s tantamount to slavery. Sold by brokers to crooked factory owners, they are forced to endure long hours for pitiful wages, physical abuse and intimidation. Many are children who do not meet Thai working age requirements. Their plight is made worse, critics say, by the profit-induced apathy of Thai authorities who turn a blind eye or are complicit in abuses. Reporters Steve Sapienza and Jason Motlagh investigate exploitative labor practices at the lower levels of the supply chain.
  • "Justice: Delayed, dismissed, denied"

    This series “documented a Philadelphia court system deep in crisis.” The court system has the “nation’s lowest conviction rates, highest fugitives rates, endemic witness intimidation and a failure to punish crimes of gun violence.” To produce these results, the Inquirer conducted data analysis and found the rates from murder, rape, assault, robbery and illegal gun possession.
  • Police Station Intimidation

    KCTV decided to test procedures for making complaints about police offficer conduct by sending an undercover man who was wired for audio and video to request complaint forms in multiple police stations. In Independence, MO he was denied a form and was roughed up in response to his request.
  • Officer Down

    While covering the murder of Shirley Reine, Lehmert was given a tip that Melvin Reine had shot Officer Busby back in 1979. Melvin Reine was the local bad guy and had been intimidating police since the 1960's leading to him never being charged with any crimes.
  • Elizabeth Police Misconduct

    The authors investigated beer parties held by on duty police officers on a deck just a few feet from their headquarters.Supervisors were aware of this activity, and occasionally participated. The investigation revealed other misconduct including vandalizing and intimidation.
  • NewsChannel 5 Investigates: High-Dollar Highways

    This year-long, in-depth investigation reveals secrets of Tennessee's multimillion-dollar highway construction industry, including possible bid-rigging. The findings uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars being doled out in state and local highway contracts without competition, threats and intimidation being used to discourage companies from crossing into 'territory' controlled by highway contractors, and blatant manipulation of zoning laws.