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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
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
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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
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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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“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
“For ages, I’ve dreamed of a United States where Project Censored isn’t necessary, where these crucial stories and defining issues are on the front page of the New York Times, the cover of Time, and in heavy rotation on CNN. That world still doesn’t exist, but we always have Project Censored’s yearly book to pull together the most important things the corporate media ignored, missed, or botched.” –Russ Kick, author of You Are Being Lied To, Everything You Know Is Wrong, and the New York Times bestselling series The Graphic Canon.
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2. OPERATION CENSORED WAR

A secretive administration, aided and abetted by a press more interested in cheer leading than in journalism, persuaded the American people to support the Gulf War by media manipulation, censorship, and intimidation. Following are just some of the items the American public had a right to know about the censored Gulf War:

* $1.9 billion in U.S.-guaranteed loans to Iraq is lost and must be repaid by American taxpayers.

* U.S. tanks, artillery, and other weapons destroyed more than 30 American tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, and armored personnel carriers.

* “Friendly fire” claimed the lives of 35 servicemen and injured another 72. The original figures were 11 deaths and 15 injuries.

* Pentagon planners have outlined a key U.S. military role in the restoration of Kuwait that may impose martial law for up to one year and makes no mention of democracy.

* Since September 1975, the U.S. ignored all signs of Iraqi nuclear development, including warnings from our own inspectors.

* U.S. tanks, equipped with plows, buried thousands of Iraqi soldiers alive in 70 miles of Iraqi trenches.

* U.S. Marines used Napalm bombs on Iraqi ground troops.

* Of the 88,500 tons of bombs dropped on Iraq and occupied Kuwait, 70% missed their targets.

* The Fuel-Air Bomb — which kills by sucking every particle of oxygen from the air with firebombs — was “experimented” with in the Persian Gulf. This weapon has been compared to nuclear weapons because of its massive destructive power and inhumanity.

* U.S. television networks refused to run available footage of the mass destruction from the ‘Turkey Shoot” on the road to Basra. They also refused to broadcast uncensored footage taken deep inside Iraq at the height of the U.S.­ led allied air war, documenting substantial civilian casualties.

* Reporters in the Gulf were routinely and openly censored and harassed by public affairs officers, including threats of pulling visas, being turned over to Saudi soldiers, and being held at gun point by U.S. soldiers. News copy and film were also routinely “lost” or misplaced until it was outdated.

* Many battlefield casualties were disguised as “training accidents.” A Dover Air Force Base mortuary secretary estimated “about 200” battlefield casualties. This account came from a freelance reporter who posed as a mortician to gain access to the Dover AFB mortuary, the only one handling Desert Storm casualties.

SSU CENSORED RESEARCHER: PAULA GIEBITZ

SOURCE: EDITOR & PUBLISHER

11 West 19 Street, New York, NY 10011- 4234, DATE: 7/13/91

TITLE: “Military Obstacles Detailed”

SOURCE: THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

520 Hampshire St., San Francisco, CA 94110-1417, DATE: 3/6/91

SOURCE: THE PROGRESSIVE REVIEW 1739 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20009

TITLE: “Inside the Desert Storm Mortuary” AUTHOR: Jonathan Franklin, DATE: March 1991

TITLE: “Collateral Damage, What We’ve Lost Already” AUTHOR: Sam Smith

COMMENTS: Debra Gersh, Washington editor of Editor & Publisher, who reported extensively on the media coverage of the Gulf War for the national newspaper trade magazine, said “The public has to understand that it only saw what it was allowed to see. The whole picture is important to understanding an event. That became clearer, I think, after the cease fire, when restrictions were lifted and news and photos about the reality of war came through.”

Jonathan Franklin, who posed as a mortician to get his story, said his article attempted to expose the systematic censorship throughout Desert Storm and Desert Shield. “As a dedicated reporter,” Franklin admitted, “undercover techniques are not a tactic I employ lightly. But war censorship demanded to be illuminated by truth: the ghastly moment of death captured in the face of the dead and dying. My story left only a small dent in the armor hiding the truth, but it was a dent in the foundation of lies, exaggerations and myths which keep this billion dollar a day dinosaur stuffed with money.”

Author Sam Smith said that the public needs to know that in exercises like the Gulf War there is no free lunch. “They also needed the courage to express their own doubts,” he added. “But without the knowledge to express their doubts, they were helpless and went along with the crowd.” Commenting on the media’s role as cheerleaders, Smith noted “I think it was a Civil War general who told his troops, ‘Don’t cheer boys. The poor devils are dying.’ If the media can’t ask the right questions at a time like this, the least it can do is not to cheer, which — for the most part — is what it did during those tragic months.”

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