Nominations for December 2005

by Project Censored
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in Stories Reviewed in Prior Years

Project Censored Editorial Board: Carolyn Epple, Charlene Tung, Dorothy Freidel, Francisco Vazquez, Greta Vollmer, Jeanett Koshar, Mary Gomes, Michael Ezra, Myrna Goodman, Patricia Kim-Rajal, Philip Beard, Rashmi Singh, Rick Luttmann, Ronald Lopez, Stephanie Dyer, Thom Lough, Tim Wandling, Tony White, Gary Evans MD, Andy Roth, Ben Frymer, Wingham Liddell, April Hurley MD and Karilee Shames

Cheney’s Halliburton stock options rose 3,281 percent last year

Reviewed by Brian Fuchs

The value of Dick Cheney’s 433,333 Halliburton stock options has risen from $241,498 in 2004 to $8 million in 2005, as Halliburton continues to rake in billions of dollars from no bid/no audit government contracts.

Agency charged with spending oversight in Iraq left country in ‘04

Reviewed by Charlene Jones

The chief Pentagon agency in charge of investigating Defense Department spending in Iraq pulled out of the war zone in October 2004. Therefore the bulk of money spent in Iraq is not receiving public scrutiny.

Detainees murdered while in US custody

Reviewed by Matt Johnson

At least 21 detainees were victims of homicide while being held in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan. The detainees died during interrogations conducted by Navy SEALS, Military Intelligence, and the CIA.

Reporters Without Borders received funding from NED

Reviewed by Lesley Amberger

Reporters without Borders has received funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, an organization created in 1983 by former president Ronald Reagan during a time when military violence replaced traditional diplomacy in resolving international matters.

The dark side of chocolate

Reviewed by Sarah Randle

The Ivory Coast of Africa is the origin of almost half of the world’s cocoa, which is harvested by approximately 286,000 children between the ages of nine and twelve—12,000 are there as a result of child trafficking. Many are sold by their families, work 80 to 100 hours a week, and are often beaten and starved.

Barrick Gold to dynamite ice-age glaciers

Reviewed by Michelle Salvail

Chileans are protesting Barrick Gold’s proposed Pascua Lama open-pit mine on the border of Chile and Argentina. The powerful multinational mining corporation plans to “relocate” three glaciers, which are the primary water source of Huasco Valley. Cyanide leaching will poison the water supply and create “an environmental and social nightmare.”

US military displaces Sunni populations

Reviewed by Ned Patterson

The US military displaced entire populations of Sunni cities ahead of the constitutional referendum in Iraq. The majority of Sunnis have been threatening to vote against the US-engineered constitution.

UN accommodates human rights abuse in Haiti

Reviewed by Matt Johnson

Under the eye of UN peacekeepers and armed with US weapons, Haitian police forces have fired on unarmed demonstrators associated with the opposition Lavolas party on several occasions.

Mexico defies US and joins International Criminal Court

Reviewed by Bailey Malone

Mexico formally joined the International Criminal Court on October 28 as its one hundredth member, refusing to sign a bilateral agreement with the US to exempt Americans from the court’s jurisdiction over war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Lockheed Martin becomes big player in prisoner interrogations

Reviewed by Charlene Jones

Lockheed Martin, the world’s biggest military company, has acquired Sytex, which provides “personnel and technology solutions to the Pentagon’s Northern Command, the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command, and the Department of Homeland Security.” Consequently, Lockheed Martin has become one of the biggest recruiters of private interrogators—unaccountable to any legal authority or disciplinary procedure.

Boeing whistleblowers say planes must be grounded

Reviewed by David Abbott

A current whistleblower lawsuit accuses Boeing of using thousands of dangerously defective parts in the construction of airplanes sold to the US government, mostly for military use. A Mother Jones investigation further determines that at least 1,600 Boeing commercial jets—many still flying—are likely to have the same “flight safety critical” defects.