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.
Researched by Leora Johnson and Elizabeth Vortman Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) judge denied a motion from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeking to bring a measure of transparency to the court’s legal review of the Bush administration’s new spying law. The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 not only legalizes the secret warrantless surveillance […]
Researched by Kerry Headley The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has evidence of connections between pesticides and the mysterious honey bee die-offs known as “colony collapse disorder” reported across the US, according to leading bee experts and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC.) The NRDC sued when the EPA refused to disclose the results of studies […]
Researched by Kerry Headley and Natalie Dale While the US government has on numerous occasions affirmed the illegality of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, it encourages American citizens to support Israeli settlers by providing tax deductions for donations to these settlements, which have nearly doubled within a year. A report issued by Peace Now stated […]
Researched by Leora Johnson and Natalie Dale Companies adopt voluntary behavior codes to avoid regulation and oversight, only to end up violating them. These voluntary corporate codes were born out of corporate misbehavior that resulted in public relations disasters. Codes have worked to preserve corporate reputation, power and political control while avoiding transparency, accountability, and […]
Researched by Krisden Kidd and Karene Schelert The nuclear power plant closest to America’s largest city is more likely to be hit by an earthquake than previously thought because it sits atop a newly identified intersection of two active seismic zones, earthquake scientists warn. The Indian Point nuclear power plant, with its two nuclear generating […]