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  • AP: Hidden Victims

    The Pentagon and DOJ often fail to provide basic justice when the children of service members sexually assault each other on American military bases worldwide.
  • Pay For The Triggerman: NBC 5 Investigates the Army’s Treatment of the Fort Hood Shooter and His Victims.

    Just hours after we aired the first story in this series it was flashed across the globe by news sites from the Huffington Post, to the Washington Times, and the London Daily Mail. In a matter of days several Congressmen worked to address what NBC 5 Investigates first reported: Major Nidal Hasan the man who shot and killed 13 U.S. soldiers and wounded another 32 at Fort Hood was still on the Army payroll and had received nearly $300,000 from U.S. taxpayers since his arrest. That did not sit well with victims of the attack still struggling to recover financially and emotionally. The Army had denied the victims pay and benefits awarded to other soldiers wounded at U.S. military bases overseas and in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. Over the next seven months our coverage continued in-depth over a series of eleven reports uncovering never-before-reported details about the Army’s treatment of the gunman and the victims. V.I.P. style helicopter rides for Hasan to help him work on his defense, his own private office created at Fort Hood, and millions spent on trial preparations during a process that dragged on for nearly four years.
  • Who Killed Doc?

    KSTP found that "commanders ignored warnings, botched investigations, and failed to protect service members on their own base - where they should have been the safest. As a result, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner says it has changed the way the remains of service members killed worldwide are tracked, to ensure that families of the fallen are notified of changes to their love one's autopsy or cause of death."
  • Trapped for Cash

    In Utah the "payday loan" industry is flourishing. These payday loan stores intentionally trap and drain those people desperate for cash. The industry is growing exponentially in areas that are poor, heavily Hispanic or near military bases. Utah banks and credit unions' campaign donations keep the legislature from puting limits on interest rates.
  • National Security Threat

    The story exposed a major security lapse at a Virginia military base. A civilian employee with an identity fraud conviction had the job of making military identification cards and confessed to making fake ones for sale, including to foreign nationals. The identity cards allowed bearers access to sensitive areas of military bases.
  • Captive Clientele

    This investigation looks at how some financial companies used unethical, misleading sales tactics to sell costly insurance and investment products to young military recruits. These companies use their military and Congressional connections to keep their business growing while gaining access to military bases. "And although the Pentagon has been warned about these exploitive practices for decades, it has done almost nothing to prevent them."
  • DNA Protects Men of Dishonor

    An investigation by KPRC-TV revealed that the most crucial evidence that would convict rapists on U.S. military bases "in the civilian world was being kept from police if the criminals happened to be in the armed services. Military criminal investigators told a Fort Hood victim that they had all the evidence they need to secure a conviction on her attacker, but they would not be using that evidence because of Pentagon policy. That policy spelled out that DNA on file for every soldier was off limits for solving crimes; even violent attacks committed by soldiers, against soldiers. this victim and some rape crisis counselors said they feared someone would have to die before the military would finally use this DNA to catch the rapist. Their fears came true shortly after (KPRC-TV's) first report hit the airwaves. Only after the publicity, and a random murder, did the military crosscheck the DNA, which concluded one soldier was responsible for both, unrelated crimes."
  • Trafficked for the Military

    Using hidden camera, WJW-TV reveals that U.S. military police and courtesy patrol officers have been protecting South Korean brothels and illegal traffic of women. The trafficked women, mostly employed by massage parlors, have been forced to prostitute serving American soldiers. Virtually all women entered the US through marriages to soldiers.
  • President Clinton, A Corporate Offensive, and Okinawan Bases

    This article examines the large number of U.S. troops in Okinawa. Schirmer writes, "The Pentagon has important bases in Japan. But the highest concentration of U.S. troops remains in Okinawa."
  • Military's lax security putting weapons on the streets

    This story documents the General Accounting Office's probes of lax security at military bases, which lead to theft and sales of the military's weapons, including missiles and explosives, on the street.