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  • FAA Whistleblower, American Gun, and Atta and the Mechanic

    The three stories deal with aviation security up to 9/11. The first story, FAA Whistleblower, is about the first FAA official to go on the record blaming senior officials in the agency for contributing to the situation that allowed the hijackings of 9/11. The second story, American Gun, is about an FAA memo which describes one of the hijackers aboard American Airlines flight 11 shooting another passengers. The third story, Atta and the Mechanic, is about Mohammed Atta and an American Airlines mechanic encounter several months before 9/11.
  • Firestone

    CBS News reports on "new dimensions of the Firestone Tire/Ford fiasco, as the first lawsuits were heard in court and new allegations involving other Firestone tires surfaced." The series exposes legal tricks Firestone used to delay trials and frustrate victims, and sheds light on some recently discovered problems with Firestone rescue vehicle tires. The major finding is that there is a pattern of cover-ups in regard to the tire blowouts both in Firestone and Ford. The investigative team has conducted off-the-record interviews with Firestone employees who confirm information on continuing flaws in production.
  • Tarnished Guardians

    USA Today looks at patterns of misconduct in the top echelons of the National Guard. The two-part series finds that some adjutant generals, who are the Guard's highest ranking officials in each state, have been involved in sexual harassment cases, retaliation against subordinates who complain and embezzlement of taxpayers' money. The investigation identifies faulty officers in at ;east nine state - New York, Illinois, Kentucky, California, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming and Massachusetts. A major finding is that between 10% and 20% of the soldiers on the rolls are "ghosts" who seldom - if ever - attend the drills. The stories examine how this inflated numbers can endanger the public security. Another finding is that the National Guard constitutes a formidable lobbying power, and that it has never lost its financing despite Pentagon's efforts to shortcut its budget.
  • The Monkey Series: Shock the Monkeys; The Brain Gain; The Spy Who Loved Monkeys; Monkey in the Middle; Year of the Monkey

    Willamette Week investigated a whistleblower's claims of inhumane treatment of research monkeys at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center. Some of the stories shed light on "a controversial procedure for collecting rhesus semen samples, known as electro-ejaculation," which has later been modified. Another part of the series profiles a researcher who examines what causes depression by using primates. A third part focuses on how an undercover observer documented the use of kittens for hearing-problems and deafness research, the atrocities taking place at a fox farm, and the cruel training of elephants for circus purposes.
  • Admitting Terror

    In a five-part investigative series New Times discovers that Mohamed Atta, one of the key players in the September 11 terrorist attacks, was improperly admitted into the country. Norman reveals that immigration inspectors are often leery to enforce federal law against illegal aliens, and exposes "a culture that values facilitation of air travel over law enforcement." INS failed to monitor the departure of U.S. visitors, to maintain a database with names of suspected terrorists, and to enforce laws against visitors' overstays. At INS customer service has become a top priority, even though inspectors have warned of the terrorist threat, New Times reports. The stories shed light on several cases in 1990s when terrorist were admitted into the U.S. without any scrutiny. "The disturbing result is that the INS has become a laughingstock among even moderately sophisticated terrorists."
  • Torpedoed G-man unit rising like phoenix from its ashes

    A San Antonio Business Journal investigation discovers that inspectors of the U.S. Customs are linked to Mexican drug traffickers. The package of stories reveals the covered-up findings of a federal task force that was originally created to investigate law-enforcement corruption in Arizona, but several years later was hastily disbanded. Conroy examines how the suppressed cases are connected to the suspected murder of a former Customs supervisor.
  • Nuclear Safety Fallout

    Time follows up on a 1996 nuclear safety scandal at Northeast's Millstone Station in Waterford, Connecticut. The story describes how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission reacted to the scandal by becoming a more aggressive regulator. A major finding is that, despite appearances, little has changed: more than one hundred commercial regulators in the U.S. continue to operate in noncompliance with their NRC-approved designs.
  • Captains Outrageous

    The New Times reports on Carnival Cruise Lines and the Arison family behind it. This three-part report spotlights the hundred-hour work weeks and poor pay of the foreign workers Carnival employs, mishandling and cover-ups of rapes and other crimes aboard the ships, and the financial history of the company itself, whose ships are registered to foreign countries to avoid taxation.
  • Social Insecurity

    The New Times reports on the treatment whistleblower Roger Rodriguez got when he complained about working conditions and employee behavior at the Social Security Administration, where he worked answering phones. Rodriguez complained about employees working at other jobs on the clock, emplyoees getting paid for time when they were not working and about the fact employees were never told what disease killed one of the workers -- the government offered to pay for any medical tests they might want, but without knowing what the man died of, this didn't help much. Now, Rodriguez is watched by a federal officer around the clock at work, even when he goes to the bathroom.
  • Dirty Laundry

    The New Yorker reports on a small town in New York where corruption in the police department "posed a serious and continuing danger to both the citizens of Wallkill and to all other New Yorkers who travel through the jurisdiction." Officers were accused of severe sexually predatory behavior. Cops took revenge on one whistleblowing officer, tailgating him and his wife, defacing his property and intimidation. The attorney general finally helped to get the situation under control.