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.
Student Researchers: Jocelyn Rapp and Caitlin Ruxton Evaluator: Samual Mikhail Ph.D. Economics Indian River State College and Sonoma State University Federal lawmakers responsible for overseeing the US economy have received millions from Wall Street firms. Since 2001, eight of the most troubled firms have donated $64.2 million to congressional candidates, presidential candidates and the Republican […]
Researched by Ryan Larkin and Jennifer Donahue The Vatican has threatened to excommunicate well-known Catholic priest and longtime peace advocate Father Roy Bourgeois unless he recants his support for the ordination of women into the priesthood. In August 2008, he took part in a ceremony to ordain a member of the group called Roman Catholic […]
Student Researcher: Chris McManus Faculty Evaluator: Diana Grant Secretary of Defense Robert Gates doesn’t just have a long history of covert operations with the CIA, he is also responsible for the most egregious politicization of intelligence. As Deputy Director of the CIA under William Casey, he tweaked intelligence to exaggerate the military threat of the […]
Researched by Caitlin Morgan Drug disasters are literally built into the current system of drug testing and approvals in the United States. Systematic reviews indicate that only one in seven new drugs is superior to existing drugs, but two in every seven new drugs result in side effects serious enough for action by the U.S. […]
Researched by Leora Johnson and Alan Grady Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding the authority it claims at US border crossings to infringe upon Americans rights. The ACLU reports that a “Constitution-free zone” exists within 100 miles of all US borders (including ocean, great lake and gulf coasts), where DHS Customs and Border Patrol, […]