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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 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:
Search results for "gas masks" ...
Indiana began buying equipment after 911 that would protect police, firefighters, and medics from a weapon of mass destruction. In a statewide investigation, WISH-TV showed that the state purchased gas masks that put first responders in danger. They proved the state broke both state and federal laws by even making the decision on what masks to buy. First responders admitted they did not want to wear the masks because they would not protect them. Some of the comments include: "I want the better mask", "We're going to get first responders hurt or killed." The investigation prompted the state to reconsider the multi-million dollar purchase and return the gas masks.
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WPTV-TV reports on the Florida Attorney General busting Gas Mask U.S.A. for selling bogus gas masks in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The attorney general investigation was launched after WPTV-TV broadcast a story in November 2001 about the fake gas masks.
Milwaukee Magazine looks at Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin, the number one deer hunting state with two million white-tail deer. Only recently had scientists realized just how contagious this disease is. Nohl notes that while government officials were telling residents to feed venison to their children, they were privately discussing using gas masks and moon suits to protect themselves.
Stored in bunkers in vast tracts of land in Oregon are the United States' stockpile of chemical weapons. The story shows that the rusting rockets still contain enough nerve gas to kill 90 percent of the American population. A debate is raging there about how to dispose of the weapons. The question is whether it is more dangerous to let the weapons remain and risk a leak, or to burn them and risk releasing poisonous gas. The second part of the story uncovered the fact that the authorities have no plan if there should be an accident at the site. There are no procedures to evacuate the area, no gas masks, and basically no protection for the 20,000 people nearby.
The Hartford Courant reveals that, fearing the use of chemical weapons by the Iraqis, the US Department of Defense supplied US troops with experimental drugs, known to have hazardous side effects to protect them. The series found that the servicemen and women were inadequately equipped with gas masks, anti-chemical warfare suits, boots and warning alarms. Evidence provided at Congressional hearings indicated that the Iraqis did use missiles armed with chemical warheads and that they did use biological weapons as well, April 3, 17; July 25, Aug. 8, Sept. 7, 21, Oct. 24, Dec. 27, 1994.
ABC PrimeTime Live reports on the eve of the ground war in Kuwait and Iraq that the gas mask and other chemical protective equipment issued to U.S. soldiers have gross inadequacies; documents a pattern of negligence, incompetence and failure that has marked 25 years of Pentagon programs which were supposed to produce modern, effective chemical protective gear, Jan. 31, 1991.