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  • Chicago Police kept secret dossiers on public speakers

    Tribune reporters discovered that Chicago Police were running secret background checks on public speakers at the police board’s monthly disciplinary meetings. Speakers included men and women whose loved ones had been killed by police, attorneys, activists, a religious leader, and even cops themselves. The police department secretly created profiles on more than 300 different speakers, potentially violating a court decree meant to prevent police spying on First Amendment activities. The Tribune also discovered a major discrepancy in how long police ran the secret checks, leading Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to order an inspector general investigation into the matter.
  • CIA Torture, a Senate Investigation, and the Google Search That Launched a Spying Scandal

    In December 2014, the US Senate released the executive summary of its long-awaited 6,700-page report on the CIA’s torture program. The heavily redacted document answered some questions—but it raised far more. In January 2015, VICE News set out to reveal more about both the CIA’s program and the Senate’s investigation of it. But we faced a daunting task: covering the story in the face of intense secrecy at the CIA, the Department of Justice, the White House, and Congress. We needed to figure out how to report a story when no sources were willing to go on the record—or, in many cases, to speak to us at all. VICE News found a way, producing a series of 10 groundbreaking and exclusive investigative reports that succeeded in closing the books on many of those unanswered questions surrounding the CIA’s torture program and the Senate’s investigation into it, laying bare previously unknown details about one of the darkest chapters in US history
  • The Spy Among Us

    Jack Barsky held a job at some of the top corporations in America and lived a seemingly normal life as a father and husband - all while spying for the Soviet Union in the last days of the Cold War. He tells Steve Kroft about his spying days in the 1980s and how he is able to remain in the U.S., technically a retired KGB spy, after being found by the FBI.
  • United States of Secrets

    In the wake of the Edward Snowden NSA revelations, FRONTLINE’s United States of Secrets investigates the history of the American government’s extensive electronic espionage operations, it’s efforts to keep that spying secret, and how the government used American companies to help spy on people around the world.
  • NYPD Spying

    This AP investigative series has found that the NYPD has secretly conducted widespread spying on Muslim communities
  • Coretta Scott King: Uncovering the FBI's Secret Spy Files

    The project reveals how law enforcement agents secretly spied on Coretta Scott King, the wife and widow of Martin Luther King, monitoring her activities and conversations for a minimum of four years after her husband's assassination. "The documents also open a historical window to the paranoid fever-dreams of government in the 60's that led to many rights abuses."
  • Cops Who Spy

    While trying to find the leak inside the department, San Francisco police "secretly reviewed the phone records of journalist covering the department." The records were viewed without warrant or court order and with cross referencing the department could see who was talking to the journalist.
  • Prying Open America's Spy Agencies

    The year long investigations looks into the spying abuses and activies of intelligence agencies and examines the reforms that are being made in the CIA since September 11.
  • Suspicions and Spies in Silicon Valley

    This investigation details the Hewlett-Packard spying scandal. It discusses how the obsession of HP chairman Patricia Dunn to root out the source of press leaks from the boardroom led to covert tracking of directors' phone records. That surveillance eventually led to Dunn's resignation and indictment by the state of California.
  • Information War

    This group of stories from The New York Times focuses on how the United States government, in the name of a war on terror, has quietly been changing long-held information practices.