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Posted inNational 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 […]

Posted inNational 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 Committee. […]

Posted inImmigration, National Security

Immigration Courts Make Do With Limited Resources Despite Mounting Caseloads

Many removal proceedings must go before an immigration judge. This chart shows trends in the number of people that were removed from the U.S. from 2003 to 2008, broken down by ICE Field Office. Click on image to view chart. Produced by Hugo Cabrera While the nation’s understaffed immigration courts strain under a backlog that […]

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Posted inAccountability

Behind the Veil

Lawlessness and sectarian violence quickly engulfed Iraq after the fall of Saddam, leaving women especially vulnerable. Correspondent Anna Badkhen and photojournalist Mimi Chakarova visited a secret women’s shelter in Baghdad to meet with rape victims and war widows and document their stories. CIR spoke to the reporters in their hotel room in Baghdad via Skype […]

Posted inAccountability

Iraq’s New Death Squad

 Photo by Shane Bauer The light is fading from the dusty Baghdad sky as Hassan Mahsan re-enacts what happened to his family last summer. We’re standing in the courtyard of his concrete-block house, his children are watching us quietly and his wife is twirling large circles of dough and slapping them against the inside walls […]

Posted inAccountability

A Digital Generation at War

Correspondent Elizabeth Rubin spent the fall of 2007 with Battle Company of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade in northeastern Afghanistan. The Americans and the Taliban have been locked in a dead heat in the Korengal Valley for more than three years. In 2007, Rubin went on a six-day mission with a platoon into the insurgents’ […]

Posted inAccountability

The Price of Sex: Women Speak

After the collapse of communism in 1989, millions of former Soviet bloc residents migrated abroad, breathing life into one of the oldest criminal enterprises—the trafficking of humans into sexual slavery. Since then, thousands of Eastern European women have been sold into prostitution. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova investigates this rarely documented journey. + View project at www.priceofsex.org. […]

Posted inAccountability

Iraq: Living in Hiding

Lawlessness and sectarian violence quickly engulfed Iraq after the fall of Saddam, leaving women vulnerable. Human rights groups say incidents of rape have increased, and by Iraqi tradition the victims are shunned and sometimes murdered by family members in “honor killings.” Correspondent Anna Badkhen and photojournalist Mimi Chakarova visit a secret women’s shelter in Baghdad […]