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  • Border Patrol Sex Assaults

    CBS News investigation revealed “disturbing” sex abuse within the country’s largest law enforcement agency US Customs and Border Protection. A former top official of the agency told us for the first time that he notified his superiors of a “spike” in sexual misconduct by agents that was significantly higher than any other federal law enforcement agency as well as other large metropolitan police departments. As a result of our story – the DHS integrity council met with our whistleblower and then issued a series of recommended changes to CBP.
  • PUSHING PAIN: PROFITS BEFORE PATIENTS

    The amount of painkillers dispensed in the U.S. nearly quadrupled from 1999-2010 even though the amount of pain Americans have reported has not changed, resulting in what the Centers for Disease Control and prevention calls an epidemic which takes over twenty thousand lives each year. This was an impetus for Reporter Dina Gusovsky to investigate a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company called Insys Therapeutics, which is accused of contributing to these grim statistics. It’s main revenue generating drug is a highly addictive opiate one hundred times more powerful that morphine, which the FDA says should only be used for late stage cancer pain; however, the company is now being investigated in at least six states for pushing the drug far beyond cancer patients, engaging in kickback schemes, off-label marketing, and other illegal business practices all in attempt to grow profits. Two days after our report first aired, which included exclusive interviews with whistleblowers and investigators, the company’s CEO resigned. http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000444339&play=1 http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000445892&play=1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9Uy3eDqzUc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP28vnux3yI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXFetMnNJSk
  • The $500,000 Green Card: The EB-5 Visa Program

    A year-long ABC News investigation focused on one of the most obscure paths to a U.S. visa and green card -- one being aggressively marketed to wealthy foreigners, and one that whistleblowers say is being exploited by criminals, spies, and possibly even terrorists. It is the story of the $500,000 Green Card -- a path to legal residency that begins with an offer by a wealthy foreign national to invest half-a-million dollars in an approved project that promises to create American jobs. http://video-cdn.abcnews.com/160106_ire_visas.mp4 http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/fullpage/500000-green-card-eb-visa-program-28662457
  • The Whistleblowers

    As many in the news media have turned away from whistleblowers and the inside scandals they can reveal about government and corporations, we produced a series of original reports using brave and credible whistleblowers as primary sources on important topics ranging from civil rights violations to the government’s unprecedented and bizarre treatment of a whistleblower who helped the U.S. recover billions of tax dollars.
  • 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.
  • Los Alamos Whistleblower

    Nuclear policy specialist James Doyle received clearance from Los Alamos to publish an article questioning the doctrine of nuclear deterrence in an international journal, but after it appeared a House Armed Services Committee staffer complained about it, and Los Alamos decided the article contained national security secrets. As a result, Doyle was stripped of his security clearances and eventually fired when the Center for Public Integrity inquired about his employment dispute. While the government would not say what part of Doyle’s article contained national security secrets, experts told the Center it was most likely a reference to Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons – a “secret” hardly worth its name.
  • KARE 11 Investigates: Minneapolis VA

    As the VA wait time scandal unfolded nationally, local officials initially denied there were secret wait lists at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, then widely considered a national model of excellence. But in September, 2014, KARE 11 News disclosed how lives may have been put at risk by record falsification in Minneapolis. KARE 11’s investigation detailed allegations of VA whistleblowers that went far beyond being pressured to keep secret wait lists to cover up serious appointment delays.
  • SERCO - ACA CONTRACTOR PAYING WORKERS TO DO NOTHING

    Employees at an Affordable Care Act processing center in Wentzville with a contract worth $1.2 billion are getting paid to do nothing but sit at their computers, a whistleblower tells News 4 The facility is operated by Serco, which is owned by a British company awarded $1.2 billion partially to hire workers to handle paper applications for coverage under the new healthcare law. A worker tells News 4 weeks can pass without employees receiving even a single application to process. Employees reportedly spend their days staring at their computers. News 4 requested the contract and information from CMS about just how many applications Serco processed, but it took months and legal action to get an answer.
  • ABC News Brian Ross Investigates: Olympic Gold, Olympic Greed

    With terror threats already dampening the spirit of the games, an ABC News Brian Ross Investigation into dramatic charges of corruption exposed the organized crime figures behind Russia’s winning bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. It also exposed the internal corruption behind the multi-billion dollar construction of the Olympic venue in Sochi, a seaside resort better known for palm trees and beaches, located near a hotbed of Islamic terrorists. It is a story of bribes, suitcases filled with cash and a whistleblower who claims there’s a contract on his life because he dared to speak out.
  • Spearing Cars in the Name of Safety

    Guardrails on the nation's highways are supposed to protect us. Too often, though, they have inflicted harm. Patrick G. Lee investigated how a Texas company altered its taxpayer-funded guardrail system under the government's nose, to potentially deadly effect. Months before other media, Lee exposed the potential hazard posed by Trinity Industries Inc.'s ET-Plus end terminal, a 175-pound piece of steel mounted at the ends of a guardrail. Intended to absorb the force of a crash, some of them lock up, piercing cars and their occupants. Lee recounted one would-be whistleblower's cross-country quest, starting in late 2011, to learn why these systems were spearing cars. The discovery: Trinity had modified the ET-Plus more than a half-decade earlier without telling regulators. The newer version, modified to cut manufacturing costs, was malfunctioning, several plaintiffs alleged.