Connect With Us

“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States
“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
“[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives.” —Ralph Nader
“For ages, I’ve dreamed of a United States where Project Censored isn’t necessary, where these crucial stories and defining issues are on the front page of the New York Times, the cover of Time, and in heavy rotation on CNN. That world still doesn’t exist, but we always have Project Censored’s yearly book to pull together the most important things the corporate media ignored, missed, or botched.” –Russ Kick, author of You Are Being Lied To, Everything You Know Is Wrong, and the New York Times bestselling series The Graphic Canon.
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“Project Censored brings to light some of the most important stories of the year that you never saw or heard about. This is your chance to find out what got buried.” –Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System.
“[Censored] offers devastating evidence of the dumbing-down of main-stream news in America. . . . Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens.” —Los Angeles Times
“Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.” —Walter Cronkite
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
“At a time when the need for independent journalism and for media outlets unaffiliated with and untainted by the government and corporate sponsors is greater than ever, Project Censored has created a context for reporting the complete truths in all matters that matter. . . . It is therefore left to us to find sources for information we can trust. . . . It is in this task that we are fortunate to have an ally like Project Cen-sored.” —Dahr Jamail
“Project Censored shines a spotlight on news that an informed public must have . . . a vital contribution to our democratic process.” —Rhoda H. Karpatkin, president, Consumer’s Union
“In another home run for Project Censored, Censored 2013 shows how the American public has been bamboozled, snookered, and dumbed down by the corporate media. It is chock-full of ‘ah-ha’ moments where we understand just how we’ve been fleeced by banksters, stripped of our civil liberties, and blindly led down a path of never-ending war.” –Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK.
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney
“Activist groups like Project Censored . . . are helping to build the media democracy movement. We have to challenge the powers that be and rebuild media from the bottom up.” —Amy Goodman
“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.

2. US Department of Defense is the Worst Polluter on the Planet

The US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet, yet this information and accompanying documentation goes almost entirely unreported. In spite of the evidence, the environmental impact of the US military goes largely unaddressed by environmental organizations and was not the focus of any discussions or proposed restrictions at the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. This impact includes uninhibited use of fossil fuels, massive creation of greenhouse gases, and extensive release of radioactive and chemical contaminants into the air, water, and soil.

Student Researchers:

  • Dimitrina Semova, Joan Pedro, and Luis Luján (Complutense University of Madrid)
  • Ashley Jackson-Lesti, Ryan Stevens, Chris Marten, and Kristy Nelson (Sonoma State University)
  • Christopher Lue (Indian River State College)
  • Cassie Barthel (St. Cloud State University)

Faculty Evaluators:

  • Ana I. Segovia (Complutense University of Madrid)
  • Julie Flohr and Mryna Goodman (Sonoma State University)
  • Elliot D. Cohen (Indian River State College)
  • Julie Andrzejewski (St. Cloud State University)

The extensive global operations of the US military (wars, interventions, and secret operations on over one thousand bases around the world and six thousand facilities in the United States) are not counted against US greenhouse gas limits. Sara Flounders writes, “By every measure, the Pentagon is the largest institutional user of petroleum products and energy in general. Yet the Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements.”

While official accounts put US military usage at 320,000 barrels of oil a day, that does not include fuel consumed by contractors, in leased or private facilities, or in the production of weapons. The US military is a major contributor of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that most scientists believe is to blame for climate change. Steve Kretzmann, director of Oil Change International, reports, “The Iraq war was responsible for at least 141 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) from March 2003 through December 2007. . . . That war emits more than 60 percent that of all countries. . . . This information is not readily available . . . because military emissions abroad are exempt from national reporting requirements under US law and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.”

According to Barry Sanders, author of The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism, “the greatest single assault on the environment, on all of us around the globe, comes from one agency . . . the Armed Forces of the United States.”

Throughout the long history of military preparations, actions, and wars, the US military has not been held responsible for the effects of its activities upon environments, peoples, or animals. During the Kyoto Accords negotiations in December 1997, the US demanded as a provision of signing that any and all of its military operations worldwide, including operations in participation with the UN and NATO, be exempted from measurement or reductions. After attaining this concession, the Bush administration then refused to sign the accords and the US Congress passed an explicit provision guaranteeing the US military exemption from any energy reduction or measurement.

Environmental journalist Johanna Peace reports that military activities will continue to be exempt based on an executive order signed by President Barack Obama that calls for other federal agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Peace states, “The military accounts for a full 80 percent of the federal government’s energy demand.”

As it stands, the Department of Defense is the largest polluter in the world, producing more hazardous waste than the five largest US chemical companies combined. Depleted uranium, petroleum, oil, pesticides, defoliant agents such as Agent Orange, and lead, along with vast amounts of radiation from weaponry produced, tested, and used, are just some of the pollutants with which the US military is contaminating the environment. Flounders identifies key examples:

– Depleted uranium: Tens of thousands of pounds of microparticles of radioactive and highly toxic waste contaminate the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Balkans.

– US-made land mines and cluster bombs spread over wide areas of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East continue to spread death and destruction even after wars have ceased.

– Thirty-five years after the Vietnam War, dioxin contamination is three hundred to four hundred times higher than “safe” levels, resulting in severe birth defects and cancers into the third generation of those affected.

– US military policies and wars in Iraq have created severe desertification of 90 percent of the land, changing Iraq from a food exporter into a country that imports 80 percent of its food.

– In the US, military bases top the Superfund list of the most polluted places, as perchlorate and trichloroethylene seep into the drinking water, aquifers, and soil.

– Nuclear weapons testing in the American Southwest and the South Pacific Islands has contaminated millions of acres of land and water with radiation, while uranium tailings defile Navajo reservations.

– Rusting barrels of chemicals and solvents and millions of rounds of ammunition are criminally abandoned by the Pentagon in bases around the world.

The United States is planning an enormous $15 billion military buildup on the Pacific island of Guam. The project would turn the thirty-mile-long island into a major hub for US military operations in the Pacific. It has been described as the largest military buildup in recent history and could bring as many as fifty thousand people to the tiny island. Chamoru civil rights attorney Julian Aguon warns that this military operation will bring irreversible social and environmental consequences to Guam. As an unincorporated territory, or colony, and of the US, the people of Guam have no right to self-determination, and no governmental means to oppose an unpopular and destructive occupation.

Between 1946 and 1958, the US dropped more than sixty nuclear weapons on the people of the Marshall Islands. The Chamoru people of Guam, being so close and downwind, still experience an alarmingly high rate of related cancer.

On Capitol Hill, the conversation has been restricted to whether the jobs expected from the military construction should go to mainland Americans, foreign workers, or Guam residents. But we rarely hear the voices and concerns of the indigenous people of Guam, who constitute over a third of the island’s population.

Meanwhile, as if the US military has not contaminated enough of the world already, a new five-year strategic plan by the US Navy outlines the militarization of the Arctic to defend national security, potential undersea riches, and other maritime interests, anticipating the frozen Arctic Ocean to be open waters by the year 2030. This plan strategizes expanding fleet operations, resource development, research, and tourism, and could possibly reshape global transportation.

While the plan discusses “strong partnerships” with other nations (Canada, Norway, Denmark, and Russia have also made substantial investments in Arctic-capable military armaments), it is quite evident that the US is serious about increasing its military presence and naval combat capabilities. The US, in addition to planned naval rearmament, is stationing thirty-six F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets, which is 20 percent of the F-22 fleet, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Some of the action items in the US Navy Arctic Roadmap document include:

– Assessing current and required capability to execute undersea warfare, expeditionary warfare, strike warfare, strategic sealift, and regional security cooperation.

– Assessing current and predicted threats in order to determine the most dangerous and most likely threats in the Arctic region in 2010, 2015, and 2025.

– Focusing on threats to US national security, although threats to maritime safety and security may also be considered.

Behind the public façade of international Arctic cooperation, Rob Heubert, associate director at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary, points out, “If you read the document carefully you’ll see a dual language, one where they’re saying, ‘We’ve got to start working together’ . . . and [then] they start saying, ‘We have to get new instrumentation for our combat officers.’ . . . They’re clearly understanding that the future is not nearly as nice as what all the public policy statements say.”

Beyond the concerns about human conflicts in the Arctic, the consequences of militarization on the Arctic environment are not even being considered. Given the record of environmental devastation that the US military has wrought, such a silence is unacceptable.

Update by Mickey Z.

As I sit here, typing this “update,” the predator drones are still flying over Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, the oil is still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, and 53.3 percent of our tax money is still being funneled to the US military. Simply put, hope and change feels no different from shock and awe . . . but the mainstream media continues to propagate the two-party lie.

Linking the antiwar and environmental movements is a much-needed step. As Cindy Sheehan recently told me, “I think one of the best things that we can do is look into economic conversion of the defense industry into green industries, working on sustainable and renewable forms of energy, and/or connect[ing] with indigenous people who are trying to reclaim their lands from the pollution of the military industrial complex. The best thing to do would be to start on a very local level to reclaim a planet healthy for life.”

It comes down to recognizing the connections, recognizing how we are manipulated into supporting wars and how those wars are killing our ecosystem. We must also recognize our connection to the natural world. For if we were to view all living things, including ourselves, as part of one collective soul, how could we not defend that collective soul by any means necessary?

We are on the brink of economic, social, and environmental collapse. In other words, this is the best time ever to be an activist.

Update by Julian Aguon

In 2010, the people of Guam are bracing themselves for a cataclysmic round of militarization with virtually no parallel in recent history. Set to formally begin this year, the military buildup comes on the heels of a decision by the United States to aggrandize its military posture in the Asia-Pacific region. At the center of the US military realignment schema is the hotly contested agreement between the United States and Japan to relocate thousands of US Marines from Okinawa to Guam. This portentous development, which is linked to the United States’ perception of China as a security threat, bodes great harm to the people and environment of Guam yet remains virtually unknown to Americans and the rest of the international community.

What is happening in Guam is inherently interesting because while America trots its soldiers and its citizenry off to war to the tune of “spreading democracy” in its own proverbial backyard, an entire civilization of so-called “Americans” watch with bated breath as people thousands of miles away—people we cannot vote for—make decisions for us at ethnocidal costs. Although this military buildup marks the most volatile demographic change in recent Guam history, the people of Guam have never had an opportunity to meaningfully participate in any discussion about the buildup. To date, the scant coverage of the military buildup has centered almost exclusively around the United States and Japan. In fact, the story entitled “Guam Residents Organize Against US Plans for $15B Military Buildup on Pacific Island” on Democracy Now! was the first bona fide US media coverage of the military buildup since 2005 to consider, let alone privilege, the people’s opposition.

The heart of this story is not so much in the finer details of the military buildup as it is in the larger political context of real-life twenty-first-century colonialism. Under US domestic law, Guam is an unincorporated territory. What this means is that Guam is a territory that belongs to the United States but is not a part of it. As an unincorporated territory, the US Constitution does not necessarily or automatically apply in Guam. Instead, the US Congress has broad powers over the unincorporated territories, including the power to choose what portions of the Constitution apply to them. In reality, Guam remains under the purview of the Office of Insular Affairs in the US Department of the Interior.

Under international law, Guam is a non-self-governing territory, or UN-recognized colony whose people have yet to exercise the fundamental right to self-determination. Article 73 of the United Nations Charter, which addresses the rights of peoples in non-self-governing territories, commands states administering them to “recognize the principle that the interests of the inhabitants are paramount.” These “administering powers” accept as a “sacred trust” the obligation to develop self-government in the territories, taking due account of the political aspirations of the people. As a matter of international treaty and customary law, the colonized people of Guam have a right to self-determination under international law that the United States, at least in theory, recognizes.

The military buildup, however, reveals the United States’ failure to fulfill its international legal mandate. This is particularly troubling in light of the fact that this very year, 2010, marks the formal conclusion of not one but two UN-designated international decades for the eradication of colonialism. In 1990, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 1990–2000 as the International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism. To this end, the General Assembly adopted a detailed plan of action to expedite the unqualified end of all forms of colonialism. In 2001, citing a wholesale lack of progress during the first decade, the General Assembly proclaimed a second one to effect the same goal. The second decade has come and all but gone with only Timor-Leste, or East Timor, managing to attain independence from Indonesia in 2002.

In November 2009—one month after “Guam Residents Organize Against US Plans for $15B Military Buildup on Pacific Island” aired—the US Department of Defense released an unprecedented 11,000-page Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), detailing for the first time the true enormity of the contemplated militarization of Guam. At its peak, the military buildup will bring more than 80,000 new residents to Guam, which includes more than 8,600 US Marines and their 9,000 dependents; 7,000 so-called transient US Navy personnel; 600 to 1,000 US Army personnel; and 20,000 foreign workers on military construction contracts. This “human tsunami,” as it is being called, represents a roughly 47 percent increase in Guam’s total population in a four-to-six-year window. Today, the total population of Guam is roughly 178,000 people, the indigenous Chamoru people making up only 37 percent of that number. We are looking at a volatile and virtually overnight demographic change in the makeup of the island that even the US military admits will result in the political dispossession of the Chamoru people. To put the pace of this ethnocide in context, just prior to World War II, Chamorus comprised more than 90 percent of Guam’s population.

At the center of the buildup are three major proposed actions: 1) the construction of permanent facilities and infrastructure to support the full spectrum of warfare training for the thousands of relocated Marines; 2) the construction of a new deep-draft wharf in the island’s only harbor to provide for the passage of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers; and 3) the construction of an Army Missile Defense Task Force modeled on the Marshall Islands–based Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site, for the practice of intercepting intercontinental ballistic missiles.

In terms of adverse impact, these developments will mean, among other things, the clearing of whole limestone forests and the desecration of burial sites some 3,500 years old; the restricting of access to areas rich in plants necessary for indigenous medicinal practice; the denying of access to places of worship and traditional fishing grounds; the destroying of seventy acres of thriving coral reef, which currently serve as critical habitat for several endangered species; and the over-tapping of Guam’s water system to include the drilling of twenty-two additional wells. In addition, the likelihood of military-related accidents will greatly increase. Seven crashes occurred during military training from August 2007 to July 2008, the most recent of which involved a crash of a B-52 bomber that killed the entire crew. The increased presence of US military forces in Guam also increases the island’s visibility as a target for enemies of the United States.

Finally, an issue that has sparked some of the sharpest debate in Guam has been the Department of Defense’s announcement that it will, if needed, forcibly condemn an additional 2,200 acres of land in Guam to support the construction of new military facilities. This potential new land grab has been met with mounting protest by island residents, mainly due to the fact that the US military already owns close to one-third of the small island, the majority of which was illegally taken after World War II.

In February 2010, upon review of the DEIS, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rated it “insufficient” and “environmentally unsatisfactory,” giving it the lowest possible rating for a DEIS. Among other things, the EPA’s findings suggest that Guam’s water infrastructure cannot handle the population boom and that the island’s fresh water resources will be at high risk for contamination. The EPA predicts that without infrastructural upgrades to the water system, the population outside the bases will experience a 13.1 million gallons of water shortage per day in 2014. The agency stated that the Pentagon’s massive buildup plans for Guam “should not proceed as proposed.” The people of Guam were given a mere ninety days to read through the voluminous 11,000-page document and make comments about its contents. The ninety-day comment period ended on February 17, 2010. The final EIS is scheduled for release in August 2010, with the record of decision to follow immediately thereafter.

The response to this story from the mainstream US media has been deafening silence. Since the military buildup was first announced in 2005, it was more than three years before any US media outlet picked up on the story. In fact, the October 2009 Democracy Now! interview was the first substantive national news coverage of the military buildup.

Sources:

Sara Flounders, “Add Climate Havoc to War Crimes: Pentagon’s Role in Global Catastrophe,” International Action Center, December 18, 2009, http://www.iacenter.org/o/world/climatesummit_pentagon121809.

Mickey Z., “Can You Identify the Worst Polluter on the Planet? Here’s a Hint: Shock and Awe,” Planet Green, August 10, 2009, http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tech-transport/identify-worst-polluter-planet.html.

Julian Aguon, “Guam Residents Organize Against US Plans for $15B Military Buildup on Pacific Island,” Democracy Now!, October 9, 2009, http://www.democracynow.org/ 2009/10/9/guam_residents_organize_against_us_plans.

Ian Macleod, “U.S. Plots Arctic Push,” Ottawa Citizen, November 28, 2009, http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/navy+plots+Arctic+push/2278324/story.html.

Nick Turse, “Vietnam Still in Shambles after American War,” In These Times, May 2009, http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/4363/casualties_continue_in_vietnam.

Jalal Ghazi, “Cancer—The Deadly Legacy of the Invasion of Iraq,” New America Media, January 6, 2010, http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article _id=80e260b3839daf2084fdeb0965ad31ab.

For more information on the military buildup:

For more information on Guam’s movement to resist militarization and unresolved colonialism:

  • The Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice: Lisa Linda Natividad, lisanati[at]yahoo.com; Hope Cristobal, ecris64[at]teleguam.net; Julian Aguon, julianaguon[at]gmail.com; Michael Lujan Bevacqua, mlbasquiat[at]hotmail.com; Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero, victoria.lola[at]gmail.com
  • We Are Guahan—We Are Guahan Public Forum: www.weareguahan.com
  • Famoksaiyan: Martha Duenas, martduenas[at]yahoo.com; http://famoksaiyanwc.wordpress.com
  • Joan Russow October 10, 2010

    In 2007 at a climate change DPI and NGO meeting at the UN, the Peace Caucus and the Anti-Militarism Caucus prepared a Declaration, The Elephant in the Room; MiIitarism. We attempted to present the Declaration to the plenary but we were prevented from doing so. One of the issues we raised was the fact that the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has refused to calculate the impact of militarism on greenhouse gas emissions. We also called for the disbanding of NATO and the reallocation of the global military budget. Also for COP15, in Copenhagen, I co-authored a a statement which included a number of references to Militarism and at COP 15 I raised these issues at Press Conferences.

    • Lynda Williams September 25, 2013

      Hi Joan,

      Have you followed up on this issue since Copenhagen? I was at a Climate Conference this spring and I brought up over and over again the Elephant in the room, and some scientists became very upset claiming that we can’t combat climate change without the military and there was plenty of greenwashing. It was mind boggling. What is the military going to do? Blow up GHGs? Such smart people suffering from such serious denial. With the IPCC report coming out tomorrow, this issue is all too relevant. I’m working on an article. I would love to get a comment from you if you’d be willing. Would you email me a response? Thanks! lyndalovon@gmail.com

      Peace,

      lynda

  • "R" Addison November 1, 2010

    tO Project Censored,

    Stands to reason, that the “oil crisis” of 1974″ was utilized to maintain the furtive resolve of military-Buildup, and that meant the continued utility of hydrocarbon-Fuels rather than food protection and manufacturing of plastics–for the next 1,000 years. Instead, the legacy of either jump or swim. In 1977 on a trek deeply into the Kampuchea bombs craters of u-S atrocity against the south-Asias people. I said to one of my four companions, Steve “what kind of barbaric-Power produced these holes” and he said he’s not sure how much pollution”? So, whose to be blamed for contaminants when getting the word-out since 1978 has finally arrived!

    Thanks for your maintaining an endemic of ideo-pathological-Destruction for a chance for change continuing needs consciousness…

    the peace-Warrior, “R” Addison

  • Peter Phillips November 29, 2010

    Dumping in oceans:
    The U.S. Navy – ‘Worlds Worst Offender’!

    Destruction of our Great Oceans
    has become routine practice by the U.S. Navy
    One carrier produces 34 million litres of untreated liquid waste
    and 16 tons of plastic waste every 30 days.

    It was 1993 when Sailor Aaron Ahearn refused orders to dump plastic garbage, broken equipment, and toxic waste into the sea…..”I’m no longer willing to participate in killing the environment … against everything I believe.” He was reprimanded by his superior officer who tried to silence him, then Ahearn jumped ship and was court martialed for refusing orders to dump waste. This brought attention to long years of these Navy practices, but was again set aside, ignored, as is being done right now:

    Join in this vital Coalition work
    Stop Naval tests of weapons off our coasts in this latest
    unprovoked and undeclared war -against Marine Life!
    Allowing harm or extermination of 11.7 million mammals
    And further dumping of every variety of waste and toxic trash

    Back in 1972′, at least, the world finally formalized agreements regarding long, ‘taken for granted’ abuses of our Great Oceans. II was the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matters (MARPOL), known as the London Dumping Convention. More people everywhere should know about this turning of the tide!

    It was signed by more than 85 countries … prohibiting the dumping of mercury, cadmium, and other substances such as DDT and PCBs, solid wastes and persistent plastics, oil, high-level radioactive wastes, and chemical and biological warfare agents; requiring special permits for other heavy metals, cyanides , etc. That was 72′ ! It’s time to hold them to it!

    The basic provisions of the act have remained virtually unchanged since!
    It was all about:
    No dumping, degrading or endangering human health, welfare, the marine environment or ecological systems, banning any dumping of radiological, chemical, biological warfare agents
    nor any high-level radioactive waste or medical wastes.

    Four federal agencies took responsibilities under this Act: the EPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Coast Guard. The EPA, to be the primary authorities for regulating ocean disposal! NOAA was to also be responsible for long-range research on the effects of human-induced changes to the marine environment.

    In conjunction with the Ocean Dumping Act, the Clean Water Act (CWA)
    regulates all discharges into navigable waters including territorial seas.

    Although these two laws overlap in their coverage of dumping from vessels within the territorial seas. The Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act of 1987, (MPPRCA) prohibits the dumping of plastics within 200 miles of the nation’s territorial waters and in all navigable inland waters.

    Over the years there have been certain changes, but not regarding the Navy, whose actions consistently overrule all regulatory agencies and world treaty bans, simply stated; “Such bans pose too much of an inconvenience in the lost space such equipment would take”… thus routinely given extensions for the hundreds of ships continuing to dump at sea.

    Congress passed legislation in 1987 that “forced” the Navy to comply with the Treaty and the Navy ignored it! This is reported as “the Navy historically being reluctant”, but it’s a matter of ‘power’ submitting to no one! We also have reports by naval personal, of the navy routinely dumping nuclear waste, expended munitions and other toxic substances, which they plan to do again soon, in these next tests off our northwest coasts, unless stopped!

    The United States Navy has summarily rejected any Congressional or regulatory controls, while ignoring the World Treaty,
    a military rule probably incorrigible to a majority of the American people

    The Navy tosses more than 28,000 tons of garbage overboard each year (an older report) including more than 500 tons of plastic . Ships, like small cities with no landfills.
    www1.american.edu/TED/seawaste.htm – Cached

    Greenpeace has particularly monitored dumping of nuclear, intermediate level radioactive wastes at sea, many nations using both Pacific and Atlantic as their dumping sites.
    archive.greenpeace.org/odumping/radioactive/reports/odhistory.pdf – Similar

    *****
    TOKYO (AFP) –
    The UN, in Oct., called for immediate action to save life on Earth,
    193 nations and some 15,000 participants in Japan.

    “The world must act immediately to stop the rapid loss of animal and plant species that allow humans to exist. ” said before a major summit
    on biodiversity, a “defining moment” in the history of mankind.

    Looking at mortalities and critical harm: Deep-diving beaked whales – already exposed to massive dumpings of all forms of waste, face sonar impacts (much lower than those needed to cause hearing loss), yet consistently turning up with hemorrhaging in their brains, emboli in their livers and other organ tissue. The impact of Navy sonar drives them to alter their highly-evolved dive patterns in ways that induce “bends”-like injuries. This view is supported by multiple peer-reviewed articles on dive physiology, tissue pathology, and other subjects.

    How to prevent these injuries is most serious, given that beaked whales make up one-sixth of all marine mammal species on earth.

    Let it also be known: Navy sonar causes whales and other marine mammals to stop vocalizing and feeding, to abandon habitat, to panic, to put themselves at risk of ship collision, and, in some cases, to strand and die. These impacts occur in some species at very low levels of sonar exposure and affect vast numbers of animals.

    All of these behaviors are obviously critical to survival of entire populations, many of which are already endangered or depleted.

    “Federal Clean Water Regulations Limits Oil Spills & Marine Pollution.” are mere words with little to no meaning,. unless enforced

    Sailing the high seas without comprehension of the wonder seems so odd. Is anyone oblivious to the sense of awe and the respect great oceans invoke? How can each individual ‘pay back, in kind ‘ for such extraordinary sea experiences? Impervious to dumping ones own garbage, toxins and untreated human sewage into the very homes of great sea life? Firing even one explosive shell into the sea somehow not begging the question of what’s impacted by such an act?

    Aaron Ahearn was ordered to help dump 200 plastic bags of garbage
    into the ocean every day, along with old computers and desks,
    hazardous solvents and raw sewage – all in violation of environmental laws and our own sane beliefs.

    The Obama Administration put a premium on good science in environmental policy…in 09′ . It’s time to be enforcing The Treaty – The Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matters (MARPOL)
    The Obama Administration put a premium on good science in environmental policy…in 09′ . It’s time to be enforcing The Treaty – The Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matters (MARPOL)
    and
    overturning these Naval tests of weapons which promise great harm to all forms of Marine Life.
    Join our Coalition to stop this madness

    Nationally inspired by the efforts of Agricultural Defense Coalition of Mendocino,
    http://www.agriculturedefense.org.
    Susan Radebaugh, locally, e-mail: .
    Coalition Against Naval Weapons Testing and killing of Marine life . . . connecting with native tribes, environmental, legal and other groups nationwide.
    Contributing research>
    Communities For Justice and Peace, Humboldt.Co. Ca.
    sending out reports and research studies, exposing media bias and
    holding government accountable
    707-442-8733

  • Jake Webley December 1, 2010

    Um, you guys missed a few, including this one, which was published in 2008!

    http://www.alternet.org/story/85186/the_pentagon_is_america%27s_biggest_polluter/

  • Williamtheb December 28, 2010

    Add the equation Nuclear Weapons = Nuclear Power too.
    The notion that the CO2 profile of the nuclear industry is in any way “climate friendly” is only pedalled (“essentially”), by warmongers.

  • Max Obuszewski January 1, 2011

    This is important news for those who were unaware of this situation. Those of us who were aware of the Pentaon being #1 in destroying Mother Earth are planning a protest against climate chaos at the Pentagon on April 8. Contact me at mobuszewski at verizon.net to get involved in the planning.

  • Mohan Arun January 1, 2011

    Everything America does is ‘self-exposed’. There is no point in calling the US DOD as the worst polluter. You want to see real pollution come and see it in India. Come see the pollution being caused by the leather tanneries of Ambur, the export businesses of Tirupur, spoiling all groundwater beyond ‘future drinkability’ etc. But they will fight against letting sewage in your local dirty lake because it ‘pollutes’.

  • Andres January 5, 2011

    Again US imperialism shows one of it’s ugly side.

    Interesting to read that over 50% of tax goes to military in the US. Seems to me that the empire will fall soon. The only question to me is it going to be peacefully like Soviet or violent like Nazi Germany.

    • Freebirdnaha January 25, 2012

      well ther is some news and history written befor hand. read all about it in your own bible. revelation chapt .11 vs 18. the last sentance tells how it will end. it will be violent but selective. 
      incase you do not have a copy it reads ”and it came time for you to distroy those distroying the earth”  the Creator himself will  bring them down. not man. he will rescue this planet and those who respect the work of his hands and long for true peace  from them and their evil designs. 

  • piano course online March 17, 2011

    Hi guys, I am interested in learning how to play an instrument. I quite fancy learning the , trumpet or guitar. I know that I will have to have lessons but I want to start off with some software or books to get the basics. Can someone point in the right direction where I can find some sound advice.

  • Freebirdnaha June 17, 2011

    as a native american i am not suprised . the usa has distroyed much of this earth and these white people have their heads so far up thier azzez they can not see what is happening to our mother the earth. it seems that they are determined to murder every thing alive to saticefy their greed and blood lust. all this on an island just 30 miles long. they will probably exterminate every native on that island before it is over with.

    they are still trying to get rid of all of us here for easier access to the resources on indian land. when will this nightmare end?

  • Freebirdnaha June 17, 2011

    as a native american i am not suprised . the usa has distroyed much of this earth and these white people have their heads so far up thier azzez they can not see what is happening to our mother the earth. it seems that they are determined to murder every thing alive to saticefy their greed and blood lust. all this on an island just 30 miles long. they will probably exterminate every native on that island before it is over with.

    they are still trying to get rid of all of us here for easier access to the resources on indian land. when will this nightmare end?

  • Hangreid January 25, 2012

    I have personally worked for the DOD. I have seen with my own eyes the pollution of ground water.  I have seen enormous waste. It was shameful and I did not participate in it. I can just assure you that it grossly exists. One example…While decommissioning a radar site in Camden N.J. the guys were told to dump  hundreds of gallons of PCB oil into the ground.  Geee, that known carcinogen did not make it into the groundwater did it?  Freebirdnaha you are correct but not of all of us. I have a heart and care. Just like Ron Paul cares about our future. But he will probably not win because of the types of people you talk about. Disgusting and greedy. I had hopes that this would change one day.

  • Hangreid January 25, 2012

    I have personally worked for the DOD. I have seen with my own eyes the pollution of ground water.  I have seen enormous waste. It was shameful and I did not participate in it. I can just assure you that it grossly exists. One example…While decommissioning a radar site in Camden N.J. the guys were told to dump  hundreds of gallons of PCB oil into the ground.  Geee, that known carcinogen did not make it into the groundwater did it?  Freebirdnaha you are correct but not of all of us. I have a heart and care. Just like Ron Paul cares about our future. But he will probably not win because of the types of people you talk about. Disgusting and greedy. I had hopes that this would change one day.

    • Freebirdnaha January 25, 2012

      hangreid thank you for your reply. it is good to see that some like you are concerned about mother earth and those who are effected by uncareing polluters. but it is sad that those who work for them are trapped by them and offten threatened by them to say and do nothing.   it must be a very awkard possion to be stuck in.  i   did not mean to imply that all were uncareing.just those who  are in control with a way to stop it and care nothing about its impact and only about the bottom line.

      i do not know about mr paul. i do not vote or get involved in politics. i would do nothing to give the impression of reconition of legallity to this government of invaders/infesters.  and i trust not one word of what they say.  as a grate king worte”man has dominated man to his injury. ” espically in the morden world. i am disgusted with it all.  but some people like your self make it alittle easier to breath in this stinking mess.

    • Freebirdnaha January 25, 2012

      hangreid thank you for your reply. it is good to see that some like you are concerned about mother earth and those who are effected by uncareing polluters. but it is sad that those who work for them are trapped by them and offten threatened by them to say and do nothing.   it must be a very awkard possion to be stuck in.  i   did not mean to imply that all were uncareing.just those who  are in control with a way to stop it and care nothing about its impact and only about the bottom line.

      i do not know about mr paul. i do not vote or get involved in politics. i would do nothing to give the impression of reconition of legallity to this government of invaders/infesters.  and i trust not one word of what they say.  as a grate king worte”man has dominated man to his injury. ” espically in the morden world. i am disgusted with it all.  but some people like your self make it alittle easier to breath in this stinking mess.

    • Freebirdnaha January 25, 2012

      hangreid thank you for your reply. it is good to see that some like you are concerned about mother earth and those who are effected by uncareing polluters. but it is sad that those who work for them are trapped by them and offten threatened by them to say and do nothing.   it must be a very awkard possion to be stuck in.  i   did not mean to imply that all were uncareing.just those who  are in control with a way to stop it and care nothing about its impact and only about the bottom line.

      i do not know about mr paul. i do not vote or get involved in politics. i would do nothing to give the impression of reconition of legallity to this government of invaders/infesters.  and i trust not one word of what they say.  as a grate king worte”man has dominated man to his injury. ” espically in the morden world. i am disgusted with it all.  but some people like your self make it alittle easier to breath in this stinking mess.

  • Hangreid January 25, 2012

    I have personally worked for the DOD. I have seen with my own eyes the pollution of ground water.  I have seen enormous waste. It was shameful and I did not participate in it. I can just assure you that it grossly exists. One example…While decommissioning a radar site in Camden N.J. the guys were told to dump  hundreds of gallons of PCB oil into the ground.  Geee, that known carcinogen did not make it into the groundwater did it?  Freebirdnaha you are correct but not of all of us. I have a heart and care. Just like Ron Paul cares about our future. But he will probably not win because of the types of people you talk about. Disgusting and greedy. I had hopes that this would change one day.

    • Freebirdnaha January 25, 2012

      hangreid thank you for your reply. it is good to see that some like you are concerned about mother earth and those who are effected by uncareing polluters. but it is sad that those who work for them are trapped by them and offten threatened by them to say and do nothing.   it must be a very awkard possion to be stuck in.  i   did not mean to imply that all were uncareing.just those who  are in control with a way to stop it and care nothing about its impact and only about the bottom line.

      i do not know about mr paul. i do not vote or get involved in politics. i would do nothing to give the impression of reconition of legallity to this government of invaders/infesters.  and i trust not one word of what they say.  as a grate king worte”man has dominated man to his injury. ” espically in the morden world. i am disgusted with it all.  but some people like your self make it alittle easier to breath in this stinking mess.

  • Freebirdnaha January 25, 2012

    well ther is some news and history written befor hand. read all about it in your own bible. revelation chapt .11 vs 18. the last sentance tells how it will end. it will be violent but selective. 
    incase you do not have a copy it reads ”and it came time for you to distroy those distroying the earth”  the Creator himself will  bring them down. not man. he will rescue this planet and those who respect the work of his hands and long for true peace  from them and their evil designs. 

  • Luminous_vision April 26, 2012

    It seems to me that a strong case could be made for green energy in the military since the oil will soon run out.  What are the plans for military jets in the future when the oil runs out?  What are the plans for other types of military trucks, cares, tanks, ships, when there is no more oil (coming soon). 

  • Luminous_vision April 26, 2012

    It seems to me that a strong case could be made for green energy in the military since the oil will soon run out.  What are the plans for military jets in the future when the oil runs out?  What are the plans for other types of military trucks, cares, tanks, ships, when there is no more oil (coming soon). 

  • Dianne Brown October 26, 2012

    Thank you for this informative piece. It’s shocking.

  • dhb4angels October 26, 2012

    Thank you for this informative piece. It’s shocking.

  • John H November 15, 2013

    Shoot, I thought that this article was going to have legitimate sources. Given that the only sources seem to be somewhat biased websites I say “Citation needed!” But then, I’m a skeptic.

Project Censored 2014
Receive a Free Project Censored "Top 25 Censored Stories" Book For Being a Member
Become a $5 monthly subscriber to Project Censored and as long as you are a member, every year we will send you the newest Project Censored Top 25 Most Censored Stories of the Year book. You can choose paperback or e-book, you can cancel your monthly support at any time, and your support is tax deductible. 

Book, button, 3@2x