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National Security

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

Confidential Informants in Limbo

After confidential informant Ernesto Gamboa helped federal prosecutors secure nearly 100 convictions, ICE moved to deport him. In this episode of "The Investigators," CIR reporter Andrew Becker describes the predicament that some foreigners face while working for the U.S. government. Part 1: Confidential Informants in Limbo Part 2: The Case of Ernesto Gamboa

Feb 12, 2010
National Security

Where the Story Appeared

California Watch’s report on homeland security appeared in more than 30 California media outlets with an estimated daily newspaper circulation of 1.8 million and over 27 Web sites with an estimated total of more than14 million monthly unique visitors. Many newspapers carried the story on their front pages. KGO TV in San Francisco also carried

Sep 14, 2009
National Security

Fear and Fortune

It seemed impossible that John C. Mattman could fail. But a mere seven months after his company went public in 2006 and began selling shares boasting that its success was assured, the unthinkable happened. By the end of that year, Mattman had just $200 in a personal bank account and $2.3 million in outstanding claims

Sep 11, 2009
National Security

Gasto en seguridad nacional marcado por despilfarro y supervisión deficiente

Inspectores estatales identificaron más de 15 millones de dólares en gastos cuestionables provenientes de subsidios para seguridad nacional gastados en California, concluyó una investigación realizada por California Watch. Haciendo uso de las leyes de registros abiertos del estado, la unidad investigadora iniciada este año por la organización sin fines de lucro Centro para Informes de

Sep 11, 2009
National Security

How Was The Money Spent?

Reporter G.W. Schulz describes some of the equipment purchased by California agencies with anti-terrorism grants—a catalog of items that range from surveillance devices and Hazmat suits to bomb-diffusing robots. Produced by G.W. Schulz and Carrie Ching

Sep 11, 2009
National Security

Assessing RNC Police Tactics, Part 2 of 2

 Police watch protestors at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Republican National Convention was scheduled to begin Sept. 1 in St. Paul last year. With just days left on Aug. 26, a pair of videographers from New York who film street protests wandered around downtown Minneapolis lost and looking for a

Sep 2, 2009
National Security

Assessing RNC Police Tactics, Part 1 of 2

 A screenshot from the amateur video producedby the RNC Welcoming Committee. The spying began late in the summer of 2007, after police in St. Paul discovered an amateur video online. It showed youths dressed in black, their faces covered with dark bandanas, tossing home-made fire bombs and seeming to prepare for an assault. The group

Sep 1, 2009
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
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