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: 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 […]
Researched by Kerry Headley and Ryan Larkin The US Navy reactivated the Fourth Fleet after fifty-eight years so that it could begin patrolling Latin American waters in what the Department of Defense said was an effort to combat terrorism, drug trafficking and other activities. Because the US can point to no imminent military threat, some […]
Researched by Kerry Headley and Jayson Reed Czech activists demanded the government of Mirek Topolanek halt the parliamentary ratification of a US missile-tracking high-speed radar base in the Brdy military district southwest of Prague. Military police ended the six-week occupation of Height 718 by activists representing Greenpeace and the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia […]
Researched by Rob Hunter They’re in millions of mouths worldwide, but have been linked to heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Now a report concedes they may have a toxic effect on the body. Amalgam dental fillings – which contain the highly toxic metal mercury – pose a health risk, the world’s top medical regulatory agency has […]