Law enforcement can create a map or timeline of a person’s whereabouts by accessing data from license-plate scanners, toll-bridge crossings and mobile phone carriers and, without much trouble, access records on your power consumption, purchasing habits and even snail mail.

Tonight, All Things Considered and the Center for Investigative Reporting start a four-part series on your digital trail and how it can be used against you. Find out what can be tracked and who may be tracking it.

Iguala: The Unofficial Story

On the night of September 26, Iguala and Cocula police, under orders from the mayor of Iguala, attacked the students of Ayotzinapa, killing three with another 43 handed over to Guerreros Unidos, group which allegedly murdered and then incinerated their remains. That’s the official version. But an investigative report, based on official documents, videos and testimonials, tells another story: The attack was orchestrated and executed by Mexico’s Federal Police, with complicity or cooperation of the Army.

Mexico City - Federal Forces participated in the attack on Ayotzinapa students the night of September 26 in Iguala, Guerrero, during which three normalistas died and 43 went missing in a series of events that were known in real time by the federal government.

A study carried out with the support of the Investigative Reporting Program of UC Berkeley based on testimonies, videos, unpublished reports and court statements shows that Mexico’s Federal Police (PF) were actively and directly involved in the attack.

Furthermore, according to information obtained by Proceso at the Normal School of Ayotzinapa, the attack and disappearance of the students was directed specifically at the ideological and governance structure of the institution, as some of the 43 missing students were part of the Comité de Lucha Estudiantil (Student Action Committee), the highest governing body of the school and 10 of the victims were “political activists in training” within the Comité de Orientación Política e Ideológica (Committee on Political and Ideological Orientation) or COPI.

Until now the official version is that the then mayor of Iguala, José Luis Abarca, ordered the attack, concerned about the possibility that students would interrupt the activity of his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, head of Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF).

According to this version, municipal police of Iguala and the adjoining town of Cocula attacked and captured the students, while members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel murdered and burned their bodies, with federal agents and soldiers in the area unaware of all these events. However, the documents and testimony obtained reveal a different story.

An unpublished Guerrero government report – dated in October and delivered to the Secretary of the Interior (SEGOB) over a month ago and obtained by Proceso concerning the events of 26 and 27 September said that the students were monitored by agents of the state and federal governments from the time they left the Normal school facilities in Ayotzinapa.

According to the document, the Control, Command, Communications and Computer Center (C4) of Chilpancingo reported that the normalistas started out from Ayotzinapa towards Iguala at 17:59 hours. At 20:00 the federal and state police arrived at the Chilpancingo-Iguala federal highway, where the students started a collection. At 21:22 hours the head of the base of the federal police, Luis Antonio Dorantes, was informed of the entry of young people to the bus station and at 21:40, the Iguala C4 reported the first shooting.

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From Iraq War veterans who committed suicide after being turned away from mental health treatment to botched surgeries and fatal neglect of elderly veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs paid out more than $200 million for nearly 1,000 veterans’ wrongful death cases in the decade after 9/11. 

Read the new investigation from reporter Aaron Glantz and see our map for wrongful death cases in your area.

So by me being naive and disclosing to OKCupid that I do drugs, this company that I’ve never heard of gets to know that I commit a crime.
—  How do data-tracking companies monitor your online behavior? Tonight, part two of a four-part series between NPR and the Center for Investigative Reporting’s on your digital trail and how it can be used against you.

There is the Philadelphia you know and the Philadelphia you will never see. The first summons a cornucopia of familiar images: Benjamin Franklin, Rocky Balboa, cheesesteaks whiz wit.

The second is safely out of view from the cobblestone streets of Society Hill or the brewpubs of Northern Liberties. But if you wander north on Broad Street, well past the alabaster phallus of City Hall, you may glimpse the first hints of that obscure Philadelphia in the emptied husk of the Divine Lorraine Hotel, a sullied spinster with more than a century of stories but nobody to hear them anymore.

Shortly thereafter start the Badlands, North Philadelphia neighborhoods like Kensington, whose row-house lanes were once home to working-class whites whose modestly prosperous lives were circumscribed by the factory, the church, the union hall, the front stoop and the bar.

On a summer Sunday, a trip to Connie Mack Stadium or an outing to the Jersey Shore. Then cue the familiar midcentury forces: minority influx, white flight, factories moving to China, crack, crack babies, the end of welfare as we know it, here at the end of the land, the Philadelphia you will never know.

I drove through the Badlands with Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman, two journalists for the Philadelphia Daily News who shared a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and are the authors of Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love.

The book is based on a newspaper series, “Tainted Justice,” that revealed such an astounding degree of corruption among Philadelphia’s drug cops that you would not quite believe it in a Martin Scorsese movie. But your belief, or lack thereof, is irrelevant, because this story is true.

The Streets of Killadelphia

Damning report shows the Red Cross cared more about its image than helping people

The Red Cross’ problems just keep growing. Investigative journalists at ProPublica and NPR released an extensive report Wednesday accusing Red Cross management of massive incompetence and mislaid priorities following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Among other findings, the report charges that the charitable organization was so obsessed with public relations that it seriously compromised the charity’s relief efforts.

Here’s a summary of the biggest accusations 

Police in Los Angeles County recently piloted a new technology known as wide-area surveillance to monitor Compton’s streets from the air. Imagine Google Earth with a rewind button for law enforcement.

So why have local residents heard little about this experiment until now?

Our new special with KQED gives you a first-hand look at emerging surveillance technologies that are being used to fight crime – and the privacy concerns they raise.

Read the full story and watch the segment here.

We watch acts of peace
get chopped into pieces by axes
and we act as if the world
spins on an axis of silence,
our peaceful protest turn to violence.
They censor our peace,
put sensors by our feet
they prepare for war,
they wanna rip us apart
take part in our destruction
spilled blood becomes an art,
their canvas will be the STL arch.
Police cars parked inside of parks
waiting for the child to become too old to slide
and decide to reside at the age of 18
then he becomes victim of the Utopian lies
then we cry
way before the tear gas.

A poem by 18-year-old Unique Hughley inspired by an August 16 demonstration in Ferguson.

Center for Investigative Reporting:

Hughley’s line “they prepare for war” particularly resonates with findings from The Center for Investigative Reporting’s examination of how local police forces have become more militarized. In 2011, CIR revealed how $34 billion in federal grants from the Department of Homeland Security helped law enforcement agencies purchase an array of war-ready gear. And as CIR highlighted in 2012, local police also have procured heaps of free military surplus through a Defense Department program. Facial recognition and high-tech surveillance are on the rise, too.

Hughley’s poem and CIR’s accompanying article are the product of a collaboration between CIR and Youth Speaks called The Off/Page Project which:

combines the analytical lens of The Center for Investigative Reporting with the groundbreaking storytelling of the literary nonprofit Youth Speaks. Living at the intersection of youth voice and civic engagement, the Off/Page Project provides a multimedia platform for young people to investigate the issues and stories that would otherwise be silenced.

FJP: As we await news on the Grand Jury’s decision over the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson (and will inevitably see action, reaction and stories pour out in the hours to come), it’s important to remember that big moments in history must be investigated thoroughly–both in how they occur and how they are felt–and who we ask to tell these stories matters. Sometimes an unlikely pair does it best.

Lies And Manipulation: How Texas And Virginia Promote Their Pro-Birth Agenda

When it comes to choice, some men just know what those silly women should or shouldn’t do. Because…

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School Newspaper Hound

The activities of the Absurdly Powerful Student Council and other very popular students will be chronicled in minute detail by the school newspaper newshounds that staff the paper.. Major plot points will be revealed – or distorted! – on the front page of the school newspaper. Chances are good this student later gets a career as an Intrepid Reporter.

You know the paper is kind of my identity.

This isn’t Minority Report.

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The Los Angeles Police Department, like many urban police forces today, is both heavily armed and thoroughly computerized. The Real-Time Analysis and Critical Response Division in downtown LA is its central processor. Rows of crime analysts and technologists sit before a wall covered in video screens stretching more than 10 metres wide. Multiple news broadcasts are playing simultaneously, and a real-time earthquake map is tracking the region’s seismic activity. Half-a-dozen security cameras are focused on the Hollywood sign, the city’s icon. In the centre of this video menagerie is an oversized satellite map showing some of the most recent arrests made across the city – a couple of burglaries, a few assaults, a shooting.

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Geneva Eaton has learned to deal with the mold. And the broken heat. And the drug dealers who urinate on her doorstep.

But the mice were too much.

For eight months, the 73-year-old woke to handfuls of half-dead mice wriggling in the glue traps lining the floors and cupboard of her apartment.

It’s one of many problems that plague tenants of the Richmond Housing Authority, one of America’s worst housing agencies.

Get the full story in our new investigation with the San Francisco Chronicle and KQED.

(Photos by Lacy Atkins / San Francisco Chronicle)