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 Michael Seraman Opposition is growing to the expanding and largely unregulated cruise industry as the dangers to public safety and environmental integrety are revealed by environmentalists, local activists, passengers and workers. Activists in Mexico, which is the world’s most popular cruise destination for US and Canadian tourists, reported that coastal […]
Researched By Leora Johnson and Lizbeth Malmstead A highly controversial report pushing for the building of a peripheral canal on the California Delta was funded by Bechtel Corporation; one of the world’s largest engineering and construction firms is a leading advocate throughout the world of the privatization of water systems. Studies reveal a legacy of […]
Researched by Krisden Kidd and Karene Schelert In the backwoods of North Carolina resides one of the most lethal patches of ground in North America. The Shearon Harris nuclear plant located there is not just a nuclear-power-generating station, but a repository for highly radioactive spent fuel rods from two other nuclear plants owned by Progress […]
Researched by Kerry Headley and Jenny Gibson Growing indications suggest that far-reaching and illegal surveillance was conducted inside the US by the National Security Agency under President Bush, including the alleged use of a top-secret database system known as “Main Core.” Dating back to the 1980s, the database reportedly collects and stores – without warrants […]
Researched by Leora Johnson and Michael Seramin The investment portfolios of 151 current members—more than a quarter of Congress—had between $78.7 million and $195.5 million invested in companies that received defense contracts of at least $5 million in 2006. The portfolios include holdings in companies paid billions of dollars each month to support America’s military […]