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  • Taking liberties

    Newsday details the changes made by the Bush administration in order to switch from prosecuting past terrorist attacks to preventing new ones. According to the contest entry summary, the most significant changes are transforming the immigration system into a law enforcement tool without the guarantee of a lawyer; broadening agencies' powers to investigate businessmen for allegedly funding terrorist activities; detaining people as terrorism suspects without filing charges against them. The series provides concrete examples.
  • Sheik Gilani

    60 Minutes' Crile interviews Sheik Mubarak Gilani, a spiritual leader for a network of Islamic communities in the United States and "the Muslim cleric who Daniel Pearl died trying to interview." Crile asks the question that Pearl intended to ask - whether Gilani is connected to the alleged shoe bomber Richard Reid. Gilani says he does not know Reid; disapproves of some of what Osama bin Laden is doing; and that America is threatened by evil forces that control the minds of human beings.
  • Chicago FBI: The failure of operation Vulgar Betrayal

    ABC reports on the shutdown of a 1997 intelligence operation that could have revealed criminal connections leading to Sept. 11. Operation Vulgar Betrayal, which investigated the money trail of a suspected terrorist cell in Chicago, found members of the cell were connected to Osama bin Laden. Just a few months after the bombings of American embassies in Africa it became clear that the FBI headquarters and the Justice Department did not support the operation.
  • Blood and Money

    East Bay Express's two-part series investigates Yusuf Bey's network of Black Muslim entrepreneurs and social workers and uncovers "chilling details of their alleged violence, brutality and fraud, as well as the remarkable lengths that powerful civic leaders have gone to in order to secure light sentences for them and prop up their businesses." For decades, the Yusuf Bey group has "enjoyed populist respect and admiration, the friendship of politicians and religious figures, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in city subsidies, despite persistent rumors of their propensity for violence."
  • The Making of John Walker Lindh

    Time Magazine tells the life story of the American Taliban John Walker Lindh, who grew up as a "quiet, bright young boy" from the suburbs. In Oct. 2002 Lindh was set to be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison on terror charges. "For once, we could see why he would change the liberal comforts of Marin County, California, for the simplified, un-airconditioned means by which he lived in Afghanistan," states the contest entry questionnaire.
  • Lost In America

    CBS News 60 Minutes explores "how the politics of immigration policy made it remarkably easy for members of terror cells to enter the United States on temporary visas as tourists or students and simply disappear into American society." The report reveals that nearly half of the seven million illegal immigrants in the United States entered the country on temporary visas and never left. Although in 1996 the Congress passed a bill that mandated that the INS set up a computerized entry-exit system to track aliens entering and leaving the country, its implementation failed as a result of "business concerns" voiced by border cities' chambers of commerce.
  • Prophecies of Terror, Attacking bin Laden, The Hunt for bin Laden, The Merchants of Mass Destruction

    A four-part CBS News investigative series reports into the "closed world of Osama bin Laden." The first part features an interview with a former Pakistani intelligence officer, mentor and friend of bin Laden, who warns that America has no idea of the might of Islam in a potential holy war. The second report examines the 1998 missile attack against bin Laden, and the role it played to transform the terrorist into a hero. The third part looks at bin Laden through the eyes of the people of his inner circle and other Muslims, and reveals that they view him as an "Islamic Robin Hood," who supports widows and orphans. The fourth part discovers that chemical and biological weapons from the old Soviet Union stockpile are being sold in the Afghan black market.
  • Al Qaeda Terrorist Dupes FBI, Army

    The News & Observer tells the story of Ali Mohamed, a double agent, who served both "in the heart of the U.S. military at Fort Bragg and in the inner circle of Osama bin Laden's Islamic fundamentalist terrorists' network." Mohamed was among those arrested after the 1998 attacks on the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, the story is used to exemplify how a terrorist can harness "the openness and modern technology of secular Western society, transforming them into weapons to be turned on America." Mohamed - who spent two decades working for the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and had three years of training and service with the U.S. Special Forces - acquired sensitive documents and passed them along to radical Muslims, the newspaper reports. Though the CIA, the FBI and the Defense Department knew all about Mohamed, they failed to stop him from playing a central role in the 1998 bombings.
  • Arrested Italian cell sheds light on Bin Laden;s network

    The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity, reveals that month before Sept. 11 terrorist attacks the Italian police arrested men now believed to be al Qaeda operatives. Based on the findings in a 100-page secret report by Italian investigators, the article tells "a stunning story of cooperation among suspected Bin Laden cells across Europe ... and previously unknown connections among alleged Bin Laden loyalists in Italy, Britain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and France."
  • The Real Story of Flight 93

    Newsweek depicts the circumstances preceding the crash of United Flight 93 near Pittsburgh on September 11. The story tells how "the passengers and crew revolted against the hijackers," and reveals the content of recordings from the Flight's cockpit. The reporters find evidence that "the passengers did in fact retake control of the plane's cabin and were on the verge of breaking into the cockpit, when the panicked hijackers forced the plane to crash." Newsweek's investigation refutes the conspiracy theory that the flight had been shot down by the U.S. military forces.