A secret source revealed

December 8, 2009 1:51:45 PM PST
It's a strange thing we did today - interview a man who had been a secret source on camera, with his face fully displayed - his identity now public. He was a source for an undercover report by our investigative reporter Jim Hoffer into New York subway track workers goofing off on the job. The workers claim that they could only toil on the tracks at certain times, so they made the most of their half day off - reading, relaxing in restaurants, you name it.

Our story led to an MTA Inspector General's report that said, union contract notwithstanding, this was simply a multi-million-dollar waste of money, time and manpower.

Last week, within hours of the IG's scathing report, our source was pushed onto the tracks and was hurt. A couple of minutes later, a train rushed by. Was this an act of retaliation? That's the question being asked tonight. And one reason the source is going public is to protect himself against this kind of "accident" happening to him again.

You'll meet and hear from him, tonight at 6 and 11, with a blockbuster follow up to Jim's reporting.

Also at 11, Lee Goldberg is tracking a winter storm that's coming in tonight. Who will get wet and with how much?

Also at 11, just how much did the federal government mess up in the Fort Hood shooting, or at least what happened in the months leading up to it? The FBI is now taking action to find out. It has hired former FBI Director Judge William Webster to lead an independent review of FBI policies, practices and actions prior to the Nov. 5 massacre.

The Army Major accused of the rampage - Dr. Nidal Hassan - had been railing about fundamentalist Islam and against the U.S. for months, and his political evolution was apparently well-documented. But no one in authority seemed to pay attention.

By the time they did, 13 people (14 if you count the fetus in one of the victims) were dead.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Scott Clark has the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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