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Reveal Episode 2: The secrets of church, state and business

Posted: February 26, 2015 at 12:29 pm by , in Breaking News, Featured, Morning Magazine, Reveal

By Julia B. Chan, Reveal – In this episode, we track down what one powerful religious group was keeping under wraps; troops open up to Reveal about their experiences with torture and whether officers are being held accountable; and high-speed broadband is like electricity for the 21st century – Reveal examines why so many cities still have poor service.

Listen to the full episode here.

Culture of secrecy leaves door open for sex abuse

Candace Conti was awarded a record settlement in her child sexual abuse lawsuit against the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, the parent organization of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Candace Conti was awarded a record settlement in her child sexual abuse lawsuit against the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, the parent organization of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.Credit: Adithya Sambamurthy/Reveal

From Psalm 39:1: “I will set a muzzle as a guard to my own mouth as long as anyone wicked is in front of me.”

If you’ve answered a knock at your front door, you might’ve had an interaction with a Jehovah’s Witness or two. This kind of face-to-face interaction is considered public ministry to members of this religious organization.

But while this public-facing outreach seems to convey an openness to sharing its message, Reveal reporter Trey Bundy found out what this powerful religious hierarchy wanted to keep to itself. He and producer Delaney Hall unravel the web of policy and silence used to hide sexual abuse from law enforcement and allow perpetrators to strike again.

 

 

Torture tactics go beyond the CIA

In December, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s scathing report on the CIA’s interrogation program exposed graphic accounts of the techniques used against terrorism suspects. But the use of torture by U.S. personnel was not limited to the CIA, nor was it limited to a group of brutal guards at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.

In this story, writer Joshua Phillips lifts the curtain on another episode of prisoner abuse in Iraq and its impact on one U.S. service member who participated in the violence and tried to stop it.

Phillips spent a decade interviewing troops who were involved in prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Duking it out with telecom giants

Could you live without the Internet? If you’re reading this, the answer is probably not.

Today, a high-speed connection is as necessary as electricity. It’s a vital part of economic growth in America because businesses need it to run, well, business.

Reveal hears from residents of two towns at the heart of a nationwide battle over access to fast and reliable Internet. It’s the telecom giants versus municipalities that want control over their community networks.

Reporter Allan Holmes of The Center for Public Integrity investigates the influence of the telecommunications industry. He’s been reporting on the fight over municipal broadband for the last year.

 


 

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Julia B. Chan is a producer at Reveal for The Center for Investigative Reporting. She can be reached at jchan@cironline.org.