An examination of the impact of genetic engineering on the Pentagon's little-known biological weapons program. The segment explored the thin line separating 'defensive' biological research from that considered 'offensive', which is prohibited by international treaty.
The CIA and ACLU have agreed with Congress to shield CIA 'operational files' from FOIA's release requirements. Democrats and the ACLU say they support the law because it will cover up little significant information. But historians and reporters say it will allow the CIA to classify as 'operational' those documents it wishes to hide.
The First Amendment is under attack in many ways, both subtle and not: book bannings, libel suits against the press, attempts to undermine the FOIA, and unusually thorough IRS investigations of news outlets critical of the government.
Most firefighters endorse proposed states legislation that would require the tobacco industry to manufacture self-extinguishing cigarettes. But the powerful Tobacco Institute is showering money on fire departments throughout the country in hopes that firefighters ardent support for these bills will cool down.