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“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States
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“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
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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.)

15. CARTER’S COVER-UPS

Richard Nixon was driven from the White House in disgrace because of his cover-up of Watergate. Thus, it was not surprising that, during his campaign for the presidency, Jimmy Carter promised to run “an open government to let our people know what our government leaders are doing, including the president.” Indeed, he was the first president in American history to insist publicly that he will never tell a lie or make a mis­leading statement.

Yet, it was only 19 months after the inauguration when the “open” government started to close down, according to a report by investigative columnist Jack Anderson.

In a series of columns, Anderson noted how Carter’s promise of an “open” government had deeper roots in rhetoric than in reality.

By July 2, 1979, Anderson wrote that “Carter’s concern about leaks of the ‘secrets’ at times has approached the paranoia of the Nixon years.” The “secrets” were minutes from Cabinet meetings secured by Anderson.

Then, on September 10, 1979, Anderson asked “Has there been another cover-up to protect White House aides so soon after Watergate?”.

The cover-up accusation was made by a grand jury foreman, Ralph E. Ulmer, who for 10 months had investigated charges that fugitive financier Robert Vesco tried to pull strings inside the White House to fix his legal problems. The cover-up centers around Charles Kirbo, Carter’s personal attorney, who was said to have attempted to advise a key witness about her testimony. Kirbo is heard on a secretly recorded tape to warn the witness that “I think it’s a mistake to be too open with the FBI.”

Anderson said that Ulmer tried to resign, charging the administration with “duplicity” and “manipulation.” Ulmer wrote that the “cover-up activities are being orchestrated within the Department of Justice under the concept that the administration must be protected at all costs.”

While the truth about the Vesco scandal and any White House involvement has yet to come out, Anderson subsequently revealed an even more serious charge of a Carter cover-up.

In early 1980, Anderson disclosed a stinging secret report to the House Intelligence Committee that raises serious questions about Carter’s role in the Iranian hostage situation.

Among the most serious charges in the secret report were:

— President Carter himself provoked the seizure of our embassy in Tehran by letting the exiled Shah Mohammed Riza Pahlavi into the United States, despite clear and repeated warnings that such action could lead to the taking of American hostages.

— The banking community, particularly David Rockefeller of Chase Manhattan, played a key role in getting the Shah admitted. The report suggests that Chase Manhattan deliberately set up the confrontation so that it could keep the Iranian government from withdrawing billions in oil revenue from its account at the bank.

— The hostages could have been released on at least four separate occasions “with no compromise of the U.S. position.”

Despite the seriousness of these charges and the credence which Anderson gives them, they might be dismissed as speculation if it were not for another incident which occurred in early March, 1980.

On Sunday, March 2, CBS aired an extraordinary segment on “60 Minutes” which was produced by Don Hewitt and narrated by Mike Wallace. It dealt with questionable U.S. relations with the ousted Shah.

The segment revealed that the Carter administration was fully aware of the possible consequences to the American embassy if the Shah were permitted to enter the United States. Other damaging material included excerpts from Wallace’s 1976 interview with the Shah in which they discussed torture allegedly administered by the Iranian secret police, the SAVAK.

On March 6th, CBS News president William Leonard disclosed that the White House and the State Department had attempted several times during a two-week period to pressure “60 Minutes” into canceling the segment.

Leonard said he had been contacted by administration representatives he declined to name. However, The Washington Post reported that President Carter’s news secretary, Jody Powell, and Henry Precht, who works on the State Department’s Iran desk, were among those who tried to pressure CBS into dropping the segment.

The failure of the mass media to directly and forcefully challenge a president who has attempted to deceive the American people with such cover-ups qualifies this story for nomination . as one of the “best censored” stories of 1979.

SOURCES:

Jack Anderson columns, July 2, 1979; Sept. 10, 1979; and March 24, 1980; AP, San Francisco Chronicle, March 7, 1980, “CBS Says U.S. Prodded It To Drop a Report on Iran.”

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