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 Kerry Headley and Jenny Gibson The Bush administration is trying to establish state, local and regional “fusion centers” as a primary mechanism for the collection and dissemination of domestic intelligence within a program known as the National Strategy for Information Sharing. The ACLU cited news accounts of overzealous intelligence gathering, the expansion of […]
Researched by Kerry Headley and Caitlin Morgan Columbian president Alvaro Uribe extradited fifteen of Columbia’s most murderous paramilitary leaders to the United States, where they are being prosecuted only for drug-trafficking. The extradition interrupts, and perhaps ends, an effort by Columbian authorities to prosecute these paramilitaries for ordering and participating in the murder of tens […]
Researched by Caitlin Morgan Evaluated by Ronald Lopez, Ph.D. The town of Postville, Iowa, population 2,000, was turned into an open-air prison on May 12th of 2008 when immigration officials swooped in to arrest 400 undocumented workers from Mexico and Guatemala at the local meat-packing plant. The raid was described as the biggest such action […]
Researched by Kerry Headley and Allison Murray An investigation of the booming private immigration prison industry reveals that the son-in-law of Vice President Dick Cheney was a key lobbyist for one of the US’s largest detention contractors before becoming the general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Phillip […]
Researched by Chelsea Davis While profits hit a record high, oil giant Chevron lobbied the US Congress to punish Ecuador with loss of trade preferences if Ecuador’s government refused to quash the suit brought against Chevron by five indigenous tribes and residents of 80 rainforest communities for having caused what experts believe could be the […]