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.
Powers of surveillance by governmental agencies is at an all time high, yet the people of America seem uninformed, or at least ambivalent toward, the ever-shrinking rights to private communication with people or organizations. The mainstream media is quick to point out when data is stolen by hackers looking to steal money, yet they seem […]
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Timothy Sinnigen used a seized cell phone to create a phony Facebook account of a woman for law enforcement purposes to find and communicate with wanted fugitives. The use of a phony social media account has been used in the past but not to this standard. Sondra Arquiett, whose […]
“Before the Law” by Jennifer Gonnerman chronicles sixteen-year-old Kalief Browder’s arrest, three-year incarceration in the Rikers Island Correctional Facility, and the months following the dismissal of his case without a trial. On May 15, 2010, Roberto Bautista reported to the police that he had been robbed. The police detained Kalief, but he was not in […]
Jessica Ripley was raped in a parking garage in Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon her arrival at the hospital, a rape kit was performed and police were contacted. When the responding officer interviewed Ripley, he alluded several times to the fact that she was intoxicated and should not have been somewhere the officer “would never […]
According to a recent article in the Independent Record and a jointly published report by the Montana Wildlife Federation and Public Land/Water Access Association, citizens of Montana are all too frequently finding themselves excluded from their favorite outdoor areas as private landowners gate off public roads that cross their property. Lengthy and difficult legal battles […]