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 Jennifer Donahue Evidence indicates that the CIA has been using a US air base as a secret prison for al-Qaeda suspects in the British territory Diego Garcia and working with the British government to prevent the return of the island’s original inhabitants who were forcibly relocated in the late 1960s. […]
Researched by Lizbeth Malmstead and Ian Bridges The United States is operating secret “floating prisons” to house those arrested in its war on terror. According to human rights lawyers, the US has also attempted to conceal the number and whereabouts of detainees. Reprieve, a human right’s organization, claims there have been more than 200 new […]
Researched by Leora Johnson and Stephanie Smith The world’s largest solar photovoltaic farm, generating electricity straight from sunlight, is taking shape near Moura, Portugal. It is expected to supply 45MW of electricity each year, enough to power 30,000 homes. Portugal is pitching to lead Europe’s clean-tech revolution with some of the most ambitious targets and […]
Student Researcher: Daniel Del Monte Faculty Evaluator: Heidi Lamoreaux “Careful deliberation and thoughtful debate have been cast aside as the Air Force has set itself on a fast-track mission to bail out the coal industry,” notes author Peter Montegue. In 2008 the U.S. Air Force began a major effort to define the future of energy […]
Researched by Leora Johnson and Michael Saramin Coal River Mountain in West Virginia may soon become the center of an energy battle that pits fossil fuels against non-fossil renewable sources. At issue is this: Should we develop coal resources now if that will destroy wind resources that can be harnessed forever? Coal River Mountain offers […]