The Saudi Connection: Inside the 9/11 Case That Divided the F.B.I.

Of the 19 hijackers who carried out the 9/11 attacks, 15 were Saudis, but what role (if any) did the Saudi government play in the scheme? While a small team of FBI agents has been trying to uncover the truth, other parts of the FBI are determined to keep possible Saudi connections secret. Why? President Trump’s not keen on something that might ‘imperil “good relations with Saudi Arabia.”‘ Will the families of those who died as a result of the attacks ever get closure?

Published: Jan 23, 2020
Length: 45 minutes (11,345 words)

Finding Oscar: Massacre, Memory and Justice in Guatemala

In 1982, 250 men, women and children were massacred in the village of Dos Erres in Guatemala. Two little boys were spared, and were the keys to an investigation into the coverup and subsequent fallout:

“In the summer of 2000, Oscar was living near Boston when he received a perplexing letter.

“A cousin in Zacapa sent him a copy of an article published in a Guatemala City newspaper. It described Romero’s search for two young boys who had survived the massacre and had been raised by military families.

“‘AG Looks for Abducted of Dos Erres,’ the headline declared. ‘They Survived The Massacre.’

“The story went on to explain that prosecutors had identified both young men. Prosecutors believed that one of them, Oscar Ramírez Castañeda, was living somewhere in the United States. It was quite possible that he had been too young to remember anything about the massacre or his abduction by the lieutenant, the prosecutors said.

“The newspaper ran a family photo showing Oscar as an 8-year-old.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: May 25, 2012
Length: 44 minutes (11,246 words)