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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:
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:
Search results for "Spy agency" ...
This story includes the “first confirmed account of a successful cyber attack against an electric utility company, resulting in major blackouts that lasted for days”. The electric grid not only supplies electricity but also keeps water, telephones, trains, and air traffic control up and running. Also in the U.S., government agencies, defense contractors, and banks are hacked everyday by foreign spy agencies.
Blackwater, hired by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) “to participate in a program to assassinate al Qaeda leaders.” Furthermore, Blackwater was used to “help carry out snatch and grab operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.” This series also looked at the relationship between the “CIA and several of Afghanistan’s most powerful and possibly most corrupt government officials.”
The year long investigations looks into the spying abuses and activies of intelligence agencies and examines the reforms that are being made in the CIA since September 11.
This group of stories from The New York Times focuses on how the United States government, in the name of a war on terror, has quietly been changing long-held information practices.
This investigation began with the 1989 release of the film "Mississippi Burning" because the author was outraged that so many crimes against civil rights workers went unpunished. Cultivating sources in the now defunct Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a state segregationist spy agency, the author was able to gain access to sealed documents. These documents led to the reprosecution of Klansman Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963 killing of NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers.
Tags: civil rights; Mississippi; Ku Klux Klan; NAACP; crime; Mississippi Sovereignty Commission; Byron De La Beckwith; Medgar Evers; Hinds County; Sam Bowers; Edgar Ray Killen; Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Billy Roy Pitts; Vernon Dahmer; Deavours Nix; Bobby Cherry; Fred Shuttlesworth; Birmingham Church Bombings; Richard Barrett
Mission impossible: The inside story of how a band of reformers tried -- and failed -- to change America's spy agencies
Four top CIA officials including retired CIA director George Tenet went on the record to give details of what they thought was wrong with America's spy network. As the investigation reveals, the main problem was an uncoordinated working system that completely ignored basic requests such as Internet hook-ups and connectivity. It also talks about the fact that the collection of information on foreign targets including Iraq was incomplete and disjointed.
Tags: CIA; George Tenet; Joan Dempsey; James Simon; John Gannon; Charlie Allen; Central Intelligence Agency; Iraq; reforms in the CIA; spy; intelligence operations; 9/11 attacks; Iraq war; terrorism; espionage
Former federal agent's spy story pens Pandora's box for FBI; Judge orders previously public records in case of former FBI agent; Media computers are on FBI's radar screen in Lau spy case; Lawyers, civil right group claim government turning up the heat in Lau spy case; LULAC seeks sanctions against government in Lau spy case
This series of articles exposes the story of a former FBI agent who claims he worked as an international spy. Lau claims the FBI refused to provide him with psychological treatment following his stressful assignments abroad and discredited him. This report reveals that many of Lau's revelations were proved to be true by the court documents presented. The follow up stories reveal certain attempts made by the federal agencies to seal the court records and destroy a lot of the evidence.
"An Associated Press investigation of the nation's aerial firefighting program found that many of the aging planes should never have been flying in the first place. It found a spotty safety record by a contractor who had the wings snap off two airtankers in mid-flight last summer, and that no single registry or agency keeps track of accidents involving so-called public service aircraft. The series traced the use of the airtankers to an apparently illegal transfer of military aircraft, showing that the investigation of one of last summer's crashes was hampered because the plane once was used to fly spy missions for the CIA. It found that there is poor financing and supervision of the crucial program, findings echoed in a report by a special government commission."
This story about the National Reconnaissance Office, the world's most expensive spy agency, focuses on its problems in accounting for $ 4 billion in funds and an issue with its new headquarters.
Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency; From the Cold War Through the Dawn of a New Century (Book)
This book is one of a handful to be written about the National Security Agency. Focusing on the time period from the Cold War to the present, Bamford uses interviews and documents, many recently declassified, to paint a picture of the infamous "No Such Agency." Bamford reveals much about the secretive NSA, including the agency's potential to spy on Americans, its worldwide eavesdropping program called Project Echelon where the NSA has secretly monitored private communications across the globe including e-mail, faxes, telephone conversations and data transfers, a proposed plan by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to launch a wave of terrorist attacks against the U.S. and falsely blame Castro (called Operation Northwoods) and its involvement with the USS Liberty, a vessel attacked by Israel during the Six-Day War. Body of Secrets updates the author's first book on the NSA, Puzzle Palace, one of the first books to look at the National Security Agency. Bamford extensively used documents he FOIed to write Puzzle Palace; he uses the same strategy to research Body of Secrets.
Tags: Puzzle Palace; NSA; National Security Agency; Project Echelon; Operation Northwoods; USS Liberty; Six-Day War; Israel; Spying; Government; Federal; Cold War; Terrorism; Death; Murder; intelligence