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Our system of national security is full of holes – on the border, at the airports and inside our computers, where the fight against cyberterrorism rages.
National Security

A Legacy of Spying

Initially created with the promise to help fight terror at the local level, the majority of fusion centers across the United States since have shifted to a general crime-busting mission, partly to justify their annual operating budgets as state lawmakers face greater fiscal pressures due to a wilting economy. Robust political support for them proliferated

Sep 1, 2009
National Security

Are Things Any Different in Denver?

The Center for Investigative Reporting sought to examine documents from fusion centers in both Denver and St. Paul to better understand what roles they played in the security preparations for last year’s Democratic and Republican national conventions. But authorities in Colorado refused a public-records request sent by CIR. The Colorado Information Analysis Center is run

Sep 1, 2009
National Security

Greetings from St. Paul

  Police pointed to this video among other things as evidence that political activists were planning to cause major disturbances at the September 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. In affidavits, they said the amateur movie depicted "significant property damage" and "violence toward law enforcement."   Original video produced by the RNC Welcoming

Sep 1, 2009
National Security

Observe and Deport

Salvador Rivera was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1979. At age 18, as he faced several arrest warrants, he adopted an alias and obtained a Mexican birth certificate. The ruse worked: When he was arrested by a Border Patrol agent in January 1998, Rivera assumed his false identity and was voluntarily deported to Mexico. Within

Apr 23, 2009
National Security

Gannett Papers Shocked by Taser’s Claims

Taser International Inc., the world’s largest stun-gun manufacturer, allegedly made false statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission concerning an agreement with two of the nation’s largest newspapers, according to the newspapers’ representatives and documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting. The statements stem from the 2006 settlement of Taser’s libel suit against Gannett

Dec 5, 2008
National Security

Taking the Long Way to America

Cuban migrants who actually set foot on American soil get to stay as refugees. Anybody caught at sea is sent home. So, many migrants no longer take a boat to Florida. Lygia Navarro reports on what they're doing now. This project was partially funded by CIR's Dick Goldensohn Fund. Visit the Marketplace website to listen

Jun 13, 2007
National Security

The Enemy Within

In "The Enemy Within," Frontline and The New York Times – in affiliation with the Center for Investigative Reporting – team up to investigate the nature of the terrorism threat against the United States five years after 9/11. After a multibillion dollar government reorganization and the transformation of domestic counterterrorism efforts, is the country better

Oct 10, 2006
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