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.
After nearly sixty years of prohibition, in February 2014 federal legislation introduced by Kentucky lawmakers has successfully redefined industrial hemp as an agricultural crop. In February 2014, when Congress approved the $956 billion farm bill, after four years of partisan haggling, the bill included an amendment, co-sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ken.), that legally defines […]
More than two million Americans over the age of sixty are battling student loan debt. Those who are 60 and older hold onto $43 billion in unpaid loan debt, which is five times what they owed in 2005. Elderly Americans who have stopped paying their federal student loans risk losing large portions of their Social […]
Immigrant justice and human rights organizations are calling for the closure of a detention center for immigrants in Karnes County, Texas, due to its “deplorable” conditions, Candace Bernd reports for Truthout. The Karnes County ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detention center was expanded over the summer to house children and families. Sixty percent of the […]
In August 2014, the New York Times and other leading news sources reported that not only was Hamas to blame for Israeli attacks on Gaza during the previous week, but also that Israel’s attacks were justified because they killed fewer civilians than in the prior attacks. The New York Times coverage asserted that Hamas had […]
Based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, Ryan Gallagher reports for The Intercept that the NSA has developed a search engine called ICREACH that has Google-like capacities to gather personal information. This search engine can access over 850 million personal records, including private emails, chats, and some phone locations. The NSA is sharing this data […]