Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
As wind turbine technology advances and calls for renewable energy grow, states such as New Jersey are considering large wind farm projects. The Department of the Interior and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced a proposed sale of commercial wind energy leases for 344,000 acres off the coast of Atlantic City. The need for […]
Powers of surveillance by governmental agencies is at an all time high, yet the people of America seem uninformed, or at least ambivalent toward, the ever-shrinking rights to private communication with people or organizations. The mainstream media is quick to point out when data is stolen by hackers looking to steal money, yet they seem […]
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Timothy Sinnigen used a seized cell phone to create a phony Facebook account of a woman for law enforcement purposes to find and communicate with wanted fugitives. The use of a phony social media account has been used in the past but not to this standard. Sondra Arquiett, whose […]
“Before the Law” by Jennifer Gonnerman chronicles sixteen-year-old Kalief Browder’s arrest, three-year incarceration in the Rikers Island Correctional Facility, and the months following the dismissal of his case without a trial. On May 15, 2010, Roberto Bautista reported to the police that he had been robbed. The police detained Kalief, but he was not in […]
Jessica Ripley was raped in a parking garage in Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon her arrival at the hospital, a rape kit was performed and police were contacted. When the responding officer interviewed Ripley, he alluded several times to the fact that she was intoxicated and should not have been somewhere the officer “would never […]