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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
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These three stories from the Los Angeles Times "examine the origins of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States and develop a new and compelling explanation of how the attacks were conceived and directed and by whom. The stories contain ... revealing portraits of two central figures -- the lead pilot Mohamed Atta and the plot's mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed."
A CBS News 60 Minutes II report reveals that the mastermind of the September 11 attacks was not Osama bin Laden, but an Al Qaeda terrorist who had struck America before: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Mohammed directed his nephew in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 and was behind the failed attempt to hijack 11 American airliners in the Philippines and crash them into the Pacific. "In the end, Mohammed simply combined the '93 World Trade Center attack with the failed plan in the Philippines and came up with the blueprint for September 11th.
The three stories deal with aviation security up to 9/11. The first story, FAA Whistleblower, is about the first FAA official to go on the record blaming senior officials in the agency for contributing to the situation that allowed the hijackings of 9/11. The second story, American Gun, is about an FAA memo which describes one of the hijackers aboard American Airlines flight 11 shooting another passengers. The third story, Atta and the Mechanic, is about Mohammed Atta and an American Airlines mechanic encounter several months before 9/11.
ABC News investigative reporting linked to the 9/11 attacks: identification and role of hijacking ring-leader Mohammed Atta; FBI handling of the Zacarias Moussaoui case; training of hijackers at American flight schools; hijackers' efforts to obtain crop dusters; Mafia profiteering in World Trade Center clean up.
The Los Angeles Times provides explanations and warnings of the terror threat to the United States published before September 11, and further explanations and insights after the attacks about the methods and nature of the terror networks behind the attacks. Major findings include: the Millennium bomb plot aroused fears of sleeping terrorism cells in the U.S.; two months before the attacks reporters documents the high level of threat from sleeper cells throughout the West; after the attack the Times identified Mohammed Atta as the leader of the plot; a major terrorist threat was exposed in Western Europe and Bosnia; tied September 11 hijackers to the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole; foretold problems for Islamic charities; detailed the warnings authorities missed prior to September 11; discovered bin Laden's extensive use of aircraft and secret U.S. fears as early as 1996 that terrorists might use crop dusters as weapons.
Tags: terrorism; September 11th; 2001; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Central Intelligence Agency; terrorism threats; terrorism in Europe; Afghanistan; Osama bin Laden; Mohammed Atta; Millennium bomb plot
In a five-part investigative series New Times discovers that Mohamed Atta, one of the key players in the September 11 terrorist attacks, was improperly admitted into the country. Norman reveals that immigration inspectors are often leery to enforce federal law against illegal aliens, and exposes "a culture that values facilitation of air travel over law enforcement." INS failed to monitor the departure of U.S. visitors, to maintain a database with names of suspected terrorists, and to enforce laws against visitors' overstays. At INS customer service has become a top priority, even though inspectors have warned of the terrorist threat, New Times reports. The stories shed light on several cases in 1990s when terrorist were admitted into the U.S. without any scrutiny. "The disturbing result is that the INS has become a laughingstock among even moderately sophisticated terrorists."