This Week on Brian Ross Investigates

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Authorities in California said today they have opened an investigation into Goldline International, a company that pioneered the practice of weaving its sales pitches into broadcasts by popular conservative political personalities -- including two former presidential candidates and Fox News host Glenn Beck -- to sell hundreds of millions of dollars worth of gold every year.

On this week's episode of "Brian Ross Investigates," ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross investigates Goldline, a California-based company that some investors say ripped them off with so-called collectable gold coins.

He also reports on more questions facing Toyota, after the motor company confirmed it is the subject of a criminal investigation by a federal grand jury in New York over what it knew and when over possible steering rod defects.

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Joining Ross in the ABC News studios in New York to talk about this week's Washington Post series "Top Secret America" into a huge buildup in national security since Sept. 11, is Richard Clarke, a former national security official and now an ABC News consultant.

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A Probe Into Goldline Gold Company Promoted by Glenn Beck

Clarke tells Ross that the homeland security complex has "tripled in size" since 9/11 and explains why redundancy is sometimes necessary, while cautioning how it might be crossing into wasteful spending.

"When you're spending all of your time coordinating with 16 intelligence agencies… that takes away time from doing the mission," Clarke says.

"Brian Ross Investigates" is a weekly 30-minute investigate news magazine show that features exclusive interviews, undercover videos and extended investigations and story updates.

"The show is part of our expanded digital efforts in this new age of news," Ross said. "It's an exciting venture that we hope will allow viewers to interact with our investigative team and offer input as we continue reporting."

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Toyota Car Company Under Criminal Probe for Acceleration Issues

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Richard Clarke on National Security Since 9/11

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This week is the 16th episode of "Brian Ross Investigates." All shows are archived on Hulu for viewing.

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