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 Researcher: Caitlin Ruxton As the American chemical industry blocks regulation of products that are linked to cancer, infertility, neurological and hormonal disorders, Europe has launched stringent new regulations requiring companies seeking access to their lucrative markets eliminate toxic substances and manufacture safer electronics, automobiles, toys and cosmetics. US deregulation of toxic substances, such as […]
Student Researcher: Erin Galbraith Unlike many countries, the United States does not have an accurate statistic regarding the maternal death rate. This could be because not all 50 states have the same death-certificate form and most of these death-certificates do not ask the question of “if the deceased woman had been pregnant in the weeks […]
Researcher: Chris McManus Evaluator: Diana Grant, Phd. William Lynn was appointed Deputy Defense Secretary under Robert Gates. Prior to being a Raytheon lobbyist, William Lynn was the Pentagon Comptroller between 1997 and 2001 during the Clinton Administration. In Fiscal Year 1999 the Defense Department reported 2.3 trillion dollars missing. In Fiscal Year 2000 the […]
Since the late 1990s, federal agents have reported systemic communications security breaches at the Department of Justice, FBI, DEA, the State Department, and the White House. Several of the alleged breaches, these agents say, can be traced to two hi-tech communications companies, Verint Inc. and Amdocs Ltd., that respectively provide major wiretap and phone billing/record-keeping […]
Student Researcher: Christine Wilson Faculty Evaluator: EOP Advisor Andre Bailey In 1991, the government of Somalia – in the Horn of Africa – collapsed, Its 9 million people have been teetering on starvation ever since – and many of the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to […]