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.
Writing on the occasion of President Obama’s November 2014 trip to Beijing for the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, John V. Walsh asks whether China might contain the United States. Walsh inverts the conventional question—Can the U.S. contain China?—and observes that, as far as East Asia is concerned, “History tells us that the West […]
The exact number of people convicted of crimes that they did not commit is unclear. As George Lavender reports, the University of Michigan Law School’s National Registry of Exonerations currently lists over 1,400 exoneration cases. This year the National Registry recorded more than fifty cases in which “a person who has been convicted of a crime is […]
Kenwin Garcia was a 25-year-old African American man from Newark who died in 2008 on the side of a highway, after an altercation with state police. Christopher Baxter from NJ Advanced Media states that his death was claimed to be a result of “excited delirium.” The term is used to describe a lethal overdose of […]
In 2013, the Huntsville City School District paid an ex-FBI agent, Chris McRae, $157,000 to monitor the social media activity of its 24,000 students. The effort, part of a program called SAFe (Students Against Fear), aimed to improve security. Through SAFe students and faculty would file anonymous tips to McRae, who would look through their […]
In May 2014, President Obama announced a plan to keep at least 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan until 2016. He neglected to inform the country about the massive army of private contractors that will also remain deployed in Afghanistan. A PowerPoint document obtained by Salon from Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), one of the country’s […]