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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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13. SCIENTISTS SAY REAGAN MISPOKE: SOVIETS DIDN’T CHEAT ON NUKE TESTS

President Reagan got front page coverage when he charged the Soviets with cheating on nuclear weapons testing agreements. He also suggested this cheating could justify our renunciation of most existing nuclear weapons related treaties. It seems the military would like to test the MX missile which has a payload which exceeds the 150 kilotons (KT) allowed by the 1974 Threshold Test Ban.

The press didn’t give comparable coverage, however, to highly respected U.S. scientists who did not support the President’s charges.

Peter Moulthrop, a leading physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Lab’s treaty verification program, co-authored a classified document which analyzed Soviet nuclear tests from 1976 to 1981. While unable to discuss classified data, Moulthrop stated “We see no evidence the Soviets cheated.”

Dr. Lynn Sykes, a Columbia University seismologist and member of the U.S. team that negotiated the 1974 agreement, said “None of the Soviet tests appears to go above the threshold.”

Jack F. Evernden, a leading geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Center for Earthquake Research, said “We have not found a single instance in which the size of a Soviet test exceeded the threshold.”

The Swedish National Defense Research Institute in Stockholm and the British Ministry of Defense both said they have no evidence that the Soviets have exceeded the limit.

Senator James McClure, who supports Reagan’s position, is the leading accuser of Soviet cheating in the Senate. He based his argu­ments on the work of Harold Agnew, a former director of the Los Alamos nuclear weapons laboratory, who once stated that Soviet tests “appear to go as high as 400 KT.” Agnew subsequently admitted that his figures were based on detection criteria which were later totally discredited.

Meanwhile we recently learned that, without any public announce­ment, the Reagan administration reversed an eight-year-old policy in 1983 when it stopped announcing each nuclear test the U.S. held in the Nevada desert. When challenged about this censorship, a high Department of Energy official said “It takes a lot of work to announce each of those tests and it was information that was not germane to the general public.”

Ironically, the frequency of Soviet underground tests has declined in recent years, from 20 in 1978 to six in 1982, while the number of announced U.S. tests has increased from 12 to 18 over the same period, according to U.S. Energy Department figures.

SOURCES:

INDEPENDENT PRESS SERVICE, DESERET NEWS, 5/15/83, “Soviet Cheating on N-tests?, by Jonathan King; BULLETIN OF ATOMIC SCIENTISTS, March, 1983, “TTB Treaty: No Evidence of Cheating / Seismic Verification,” by John Wilke and Gerald Marsh; SCIENCE, 5/13/83, “Scientists Fault Charges of Soviet Cheating,” by R. Jeffer            Smith; NEW YORK TIME, 1/29/84, “Government Conceals Nuclear Tests, by William J. Broad.

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