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“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
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10. The Pentagon’s Post-Cold War Black Budget is Alive and Prospering

Source: Mother Jones, 1663 Mission Street, 2nd Fl. San Francisco, CA 94103, Date: March/April 1992, Title: “The Pentagon’s Secret Stash,” Author: Tim Weiner

SYNOPSIS: Today, and every day, close to $100 million flows through underground pipelines from the U.S. Treasury to the Pentagon to fuel the national-security ma­chinery of the United States. The black budget (“black” in the sense of being un­seen, covert, hidden from light) is the secret treasury of the nation’s military and intelligence agencies. It is appropriated and spent with only the scantest public debate or media scrutiny.

Of the roughly $36 billion in the secret budget today, about $5 billion goes to build and develop weapons programs, many of which remain so highly classified that only the two most senior members of the congressional armed services and appropriations committees know anything about them.

Robert Costello, in charge of buying weapons at the Pentagon during the last years of the Reagan administration, said, “Inside the Pentagon the mind-set is, `I’m going to use secrecy to build my nice, isolated little cocoon.”‘ And when resi­dent skeptics criticized such secrecy, “They fired the bastards who wanted to put the screws on them.”

Why isn’t there more publicity? After all, public pressure and congressional anger forced the lid off the now famous B-2 bomber. And reporters and public­ policy advocates uncovered strange pro­grams with eerie names such as Timberwind (a Star Wars program to build a nuclear-powered rocket engine for mis­siles designed to shoot down incoming Soviet nukes), MILSTAR (a network of space satellites and blast-hardened ground stations that would endure a six-month nuclear war) and Island Sun (involving a convoy of generals hurtling down high­ways in lead-laced tractor-trailer trucks, dodging nuclear detonations and barking commands through scramblers-a Dr. Strangelove-style operation).

The realization that the Cold War has ended apparently has not yet penetrated the inner catacombs of the Pentagon nor stilled projects such as these. After a half­ century of lucrative and unchecked black budgets, starting with the Manhattan Project that brought us Hiroshima, the secret cache largely remains inviolate. The wall sur­rounding the black budget has proven more durable than the one that divided Berlin. Iran/contra exposed the inherent dangers of unexamined secrecy; the con­gressional investigation of Iran/contra re­vealed that the whole fiasco never could have happened without the machinery and cloak of the secret budget.

The solution is not difficult. Congress could demand disclosure of data on the cost and character of secret programs but has only done so on a piecemeal basis; nor has Congress ever confronted the underlying fact that the secrecy system itself defies the Constitution, which re­quires the government to publish a com­plete and accurate account of all federal spending.

“The fault lies with the Congress,” says Representative Pat Schroeder of Colo­rado. “If we forced the release of this information, there would be no issue. As long as the Congress goes along with the Pentagon’s secrecy program, we have no (legitimate) complaint.”

The “Pentagon’s Secret Billion-Dollar Black Budget,” also by Tim Weiner, was Project Censored’s #7 story of 1990. Weiner’s latest investigation reveals that the official end of the Cold War did not end the Pentagon’s secretive Cold War men­tality.

SSU Censored Researcher.- Damon S Van Hoesen

 COMMENTS: Tim Weiner, Washington correspondent for the Philadelphia In­quirer, has written extensively on the issue of the Pentagon’s black budget. However, he feels that the subject is still under-covered. Weiner’s work on the black budget won him the Pulitzer Prize for na­tional reporting in 1988; his book, Blank Check: The Pentagon’s Black Budget, was published in 1990.

 

Weiner believes that the press has a responsibility to warn the public about the dangers inherent in the secrecy surround­ing the Pentagon’s black budget, but there are reasons why it doesn’t fulfill that re­sponsibility. “The black budget is an ar­cane, obscure issue that takes a lot of time to explain,” Weiner says. “Further, it re­quires expertise in several different areas including espionage, government secrecy and large sums of money.”

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