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 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 […]
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 […]