August 26th, 2014
Every Arizona resident who had a driver’s license or state-issued ID card and all that identifying stuff is potentially compromised. That’s a huge breach.

Mikel Longman, former Criminal Investigations Chief at the Arizona Department of Public Safety, on a 2007 data breach at a major counterterrorism center that you’ve heard nothing about. Until now.

Our new investigation with ProPublica unravels the mystery of a Chinese national who had access to a wide array of sensitive intelligence info, then disappeared. Read it here

August 20th, 2014
18-year-old poet Unique Hughley of Kansas City, Missouri, wrote the above poem in response to what he witnessed at a demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri. 
Now, it’s your turn. The Off/Page Project, our collaboration with Youth Speaks, is soliciting youth poetry in response to events in Ferguson. How do they compare to what you experience in your own community? 
Learn more and send us your poem here.

18-year-old poet Unique Hughley of Kansas City, Missouri, wrote the above poem in response to what he witnessed at a demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Now, it’s your turn. The Off/Page Project, our collaboration with Youth Speaks, is soliciting youth poetry in response to events in Ferguson. How do they compare to what you experience in your own community? 

Learn more and send us your poem here.

August 18th, 2014
How local police are using military surveillance tech
Beyond armored vehicles and guns, local law enforcement agencies are also trying out war-tested surveillance tools to fight crime. One such technology, know as “wide-area surveillance,” functions like Google Earth with a rewind button, allowing police to track the movements of an entire city.  
Our investigation explores what these new tools mean for your privacy. 

How local police are using military surveillance tech

Beyond armored vehicles and guns, local law enforcement agencies are also trying out war-tested surveillance tools to fight crime. One such technology, know as “wide-area surveillance,” functions like Google Earth with a rewind button, allowing police to track the movements of an entire city.  

Our investigation explores what these new tools mean for your privacy. 

August 15th, 2014

How much military gear per officer has your state received from the Pentagon? Wonkblog charts the data.

To find out what kinds of equipment California police agencies have procured since 2011, search our database

August 14th, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Ousted internal affairs chief accuses Border Patrol of shooting cover-ups and corruption

In an unauthorized interview, the recently removed head of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol's internal affairs tells our reporter Andrew Becker that at least a quarter of 28 shooting deaths by CBP agents were “highly suspect.” 

Read the full story

August 11th, 2014

Drink bottled water? There’s a good chance that it’s coming from some of the most drought-ridden places in the U.S. Check out the full story from Mother Jones.

July 18th, 2014

For Vladimiro Carranza Chavez (pictured), a onetime Los Angeles mariachi, joining a ragtag militia to fight against one of Mexico’s most ruthless drug cartels followed a series of tragedies, including the slaying of three of his brothers and his own kidnapping and torture.

Learn more about California’s deep connections to the anti-cartel movement in Michoacán from our new investigation with KQED.

(Photo: Alan Ortega/KQED)

July 14th, 2014

Mentally ill inmates are bearing the overwhelming brunt of a rise in brutality by corrections officers on Rikers Island, according to a new investigation by The New York Times.

Is solitary confinement contributing to Rikers’ rise in violence? Read our earlier look.

July 14th, 2014

The catch to VA’s benefits backlog success

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ progress on reducing its massive backlog of disability claims came at the expense of mounting appeals, sloppy processing and millions of dollars in overpayments, according to a new report.

The testimony was prepared by the VA Office of Inspector General in advance of tonight’s House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing that will explore the agency’s performance on its benefits goals. 

How long are veterans near you waiting on a disability claim? Explore our interactive map to find out. We update it with new data from the VA each week. 

July 11th, 2014

Here at CIR we have a Museum of Outdated Technology (MOOT). This morning Jennifer LaFleur, our senior editor for data, showed the daughter of a CIR staffer some of our featured tech relics such as CueCat and an 8-inch floppy disk!

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