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Investigative Reporting in 10 Minutes or Less

 by Danielle Maestretti


Tags: video journalism, investigative reporting, American News Project,

If you haven't seen it yet, check out the American News Project, a new video journalism site that produces short reports on political and environmental topics.

This video explores the phenomenon of "drop-weapons," extra guns allegedly carried by U.S. soldiers as a sort of emergency back-up: If an innocent civilian is killed, they might plant a drop-weapon to make it appear that he was an armed insurgent. ANP spoke with Iraq vets who admitted to carrying drop-weapons in their vehicles; the practice, they say, was well-known—encouraged, even—by their superior officers.