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  • Tacoma police secretly using controversial cellphone surveillance device

    When police seek a suspect by tracking his or her cellphone signal, ordinary citizens who also have cellphones nearby are often caught in the surveillance web. The (Tacoma) News Tribune spent four months investigating the Tacoma Police Department’s use of this highly technical and secretive device — a decoy cell tower commonly known as a Stingray. After the newspaper confronted the department, Tacoma police became the first in the state to admit they had the device. The News Tribune spent thousands of dollars to unseal court documents that proved police hadn’t been telling judges — who sign off on orders to find suspects by tracking their cellphones — that the police use cell site simulators to find their quarry.
  • Inland Tsunami

    The story investigates the man-made causes of the deadly flash flooding that killed 24 people in the Australian mountain-top city of Toowoomba.
  • OMYA and WWII

    This story "traces a Swiss company's collaboration with Nazi Germany during World War II. The story details the problems encountered by Pluess-Staufer AG as a result of its business dealings with Nazi Germany during the war. Its OMYA subsidiary, the world's largest producer of calcium carbonate (a key mineral used in the manufacture of paint, paper, plastics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals) was charged by the French in late 1944 with collaborating with the enemy during the war. It was one of the largest cases of economic collaboration in the Department (state) of the Marne. According to company documents, the fine and 'confiscation of illicit profits' threatened the company's very survival. OMYA and Pluess-Staufer spent 13 years fighting the French decision before losing its final appeal in 1957. In Germany, the company encountered problems as well. The Allies froze Pluess-Staufer's assets in Karlsruhe when it discovered its business partner was a member of the SS."
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    Freedom Magazine (Los Angeles) reports on "Operation Bird Dog," a secret 1970 IRS plot to attack blacks by collecting license plate numbers of expensive cars at the Muhammed Ali-Jerry Quarry fight, then singling the owners out for audits; includes stories on others seeking IRS reform, including Sens. Richard Brown and Harry Reid, Dec. 20, 1989.