Stories

The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 27,000 investigative stories.

Most of our stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center directly at 573-882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.

Search results for "war on terror" ...

  • Dixie Cup Assassin

    The story of a reporter's 20-year plus relationship with a federal government informant identified as M.H., who turned into a contract assassin for the CIA in the war on terror.
  • The Narco-Terror Trap

    This project traces the Drug Enforcement Administration’s use of a little-known statute of the Patriot Act to create a role for itself in the war on terror, based largely on unsubstantiated assertions that terrorists were using the drug trade to finance attacks against the United States. The statute, adopted with broad bi-partisan support, allows the D.E.A. to pursue so-called narco-terrorists anywhere in the world, even when none of their alleged crimes occurred on American soil. Between 2002 and 2008, the agency’s budget for foreign operations increased by some 75 percent, which supported expansions into Afghanistan, Eastern Europe, and West Africa. But an examination of the D.E.A.’s narco-terrorism cases reveals that most unraveled as they proceeded through court. The cases relied heavily on sting operations, and the only evidence of any links between terrorists and traffickers was concocted by the D.E.A., which used highly-paid informants to lure targets into staged narco-terrorism conspiracies. The first piece tells the story of three small-time smugglers from Mali who were arrested in West Africa, transported to New York and accused as narco-terrorists with links to Al-Qaeda. It explains how the D.E.A.’s narco-terrorism campaign began in the arrest-first-ask-questions-later period that followed 9/11. And it details the negligible contributions that the effort, whose total cost remains unknown, has made to keeping the country safe from either terrorists or drug traffickers. Nearly three years after the Malian’s arrest, a judge found that the men were not linked to Al-Qaeda, and that they had been motivated to participate in the D.E.A.’s fake conspiracy by an informant’s offer to pay them millions of dollars. The second piece uses an interactive comic – ProPublica’s first – to bring a sharper focus to the patterns in the DEA’s cases. It uses five different narco-terrorism operations in five different parts of the world. The interactivity of the comic allows readers to see how the agency’s stings use essentially the same script in order to make disparate targets fit the designated crime. https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/narco
  • Other People's Wars

    The book is the story of a close US ally's role in the wars and international politics of the decade after September 11, 2001. Nearly everything about New Zealand's post 9-11 military and intelligence roles was kept secret from the New Zealand public, while news was controlled through an intense military public relations campaign.
  • America's War Within

    America's War Within, led by the Center for Investigative Reporting, deeply examined the first 10 years of the war on terror. There were several findings stemming from work conducted throughout the year. First, a little-known but costly intelligence arm of the Department of Homeland Security did not meaningfully contribute to the war on terror and instead generated reams of "intelligence spam." Second, a private counterterrorism team at the Mall of America ensnared innocent shoppers by reporting them to authorities for "suspicious activity," part of a national initiative promoted by the federal government to college and analyze threat intelligence, much of which has dubious value. Third, local police around the country have stockpiled combat-style equipment with the help of some $34 billion in federal homeland security grants contributing to a "militarization" of law enforcement, even though violent crime is dropping and terrorist attacks are rare.
  • The Only Thing Worth Dying For

    The book tells the story of how Hamid Karzai came to power as the president of Afghanistan. It recounts of the story of the eleven Green Berets tasked with the seemingly impossible mission of fomenting a rebellion among the Pashtun Tribal belt, against the Taliban during the weeks after September 11, 2001.
  • Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World

    The book examines the Iraqi civil war, its causes and how it came to an end. It provides the persepective of Iraqi militiamen, Iraqi security forces, Iraqi civilians, and American soldiers, officers and officials.
  • "Homegrown Terror"

    In this 60 Minutes broadcast, CBS investigates "homegrown terrorism." The war on terrorism has been heavily focused on Al Qaeda, but individual terrorist who are raised in the U.S. often have little or not contact with the organization. These people often avoid the "law enforcement's radar." This report is intended to provide new insight on the topic of terrorism on U.S. soil.
  • Impossible Dream: Rebuilding Afghanistan amid corruption, nepotism, and mismanagement

    The investigation examines the Obama administration's efforts to create a modern, secure nation in Afghanistan.
  • Witness to War

    This first-hand account of conflict in region of Afghanistan and Pakistan reveals how horrific living and working in this region can be. This investigation reveals the “human cost of conflict, reality of life in refugee camps, examine how children are impacted by the instability, and discuss whether there’s any hope for the future”.
  • The Man Who Conned The Pentagon

    Dennis Montgomery, a self-proclaimed scientist, believed he could decrypt secret communication between Al Qaeda. He had been doing this for years and convincing the US national security establishments of this information. His bizarre intelligence caused plane cancellations, orange alerts, and chaos throughout America. Further, this story reveals specific contracts and a number of events caused by certain people.