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Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“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.)
“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
“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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“[Censored] offers devastating evidence of the dumbing-down of main-stream news in America. . . . Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens.” —Los Angeles Times
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“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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“Project Censored brings to light some of the most important stories of the year that you never saw or heard about. This is your chance to find out what got buried.” –Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System.
“At a time when the need for independent journalism and for media outlets unaffiliated with and untainted by the government and corporate sponsors is greater than ever, Project Censored has created a context for reporting the complete truths in all matters that matter. . . . It is therefore left to us to find sources for information we can trust. . . . It is in this task that we are fortunate to have an ally like Project Cen-sored.” —Dahr Jamail
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“In another home run for Project Censored, Censored 2013 shows how the American public has been bamboozled, snookered, and dumbed down by the corporate media. It is chock-full of ‘ah-ha’ moments where we understand just how we’ve been fleeced by banksters, stripped of our civil liberties, and blindly led down a path of never-ending war.” –Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK.
“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

20. Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith – An Oxymoron?

Sources: SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN, Date: 4/14/93, Title: “Reports show ADL/SFPD spy net reach,” Author: Tim Redmond; Date: 9/29/93,  Title: `ADL Deal Dies,” Author: Jane Hunter; LIES OF OUR TIMES, Date: July/August 1993, Title: “The ADL and Civil Liberties,” Author: Mitchell Kaidy; SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, Date: 10/7/93, Title: “Judge rules ADL need not open its files in civil suit,” Authors: Dennis J. Opatrny and Scott Winokur; Y’ACOV AHIMEIR, Date: 10/25/93, Interview at Sonoma State University

SSU Censored Researcher: Laurie Turner

SYNOPSIS: The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith (ADL), established eight decades ago to combat anti-Semitism, has itself been charged with civil rights viola­tions, involving domestic spying on a massive scale. With the help of a San Francisco police intelligence officer and at least one undercover operative, the ADL collected secret files on some 1,000 political organi­zations and 12,000 individuals, many in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The ADL-targeted groups allegedly were as diverse as Greenpeace, the Ku Klux Klan, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimina­tion Committee, the Aryan Nation, the ACLU, the American Indian Movement, the American Nazi Party, the National Lawyers Guild, ACT UP, the NAACP, the United Auto Workers, the African National Congress, and Project Censored.

Documents seized by the District Attorney’s office in a raid on the San Francisco ADL office reportedly revealed that the ADL had run a systematic, long-term, private nationwide spy network with the help of Roy Edward Bullock, a San Francisco art dealer, and Tom Gerard, a one-time CIA agent in Latin America who had earlier worked as an intelligence officer for the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD).

The documents also suggested that Bullock and Gerard were working as paid informants not only for the Anti-Defamation League but also for the South African government-and that information was shared with South Africa as well as Israel.

While this extraordinary story received some major coverage in West Coast papers, including the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Examiner, it was basically ignored by the mainstream national press and, according to journalist Mitchell Kaidy, writing in Lies Of Our Times (LOOT), it received little scrutiny in The New York Times.

In fact, Kaidy wrote, “When The New York Times reported the issue on April 25, it ran an unsigned Sunday article innocuously head­lined A Dealer in Art and, Some Say, a Dealer in Secret Police Data?’ (p. 38). The article conspicuously failed to mention ADL’s links to the State Department, CIA, and FBI, or to indicate the extensive range of the groups it targeted. Both Israel and South Africa allegedly bene­fited from the information ADL furnished, yet the Times down­played `one foreign government’ while mentioning South Africa sev­eral times as a beneficiary.”

Further, in a follow-up article in May, LOOT noted that The New York Times “inexplicably failed to exploit a local angle-that, according to authorities in San Francisco, where the scandal erupted, the underground opera­tion was financed and directed by the ADL in New York for more than three decades. The Times ignored this, instead devoting its space to the justifications of ADL officials.”

Ironically, the ADL spy-ring story also appeared to be ignored by the press in Israel. Y’acov Ahimeir, one of the first broadcasters with Israeli TV and former chief editor and anchorman of Israeli TV News, was unaware of the issue until he vis­ited the United States in October 1993. Ahimeir, now a news talk show host with Israeli TV, told Project Censored he had not seen the issue reported in Israel.

COMMENTS: Several sources, from diverse publications, provided background for this nomination; following are some of their indi­vidual comments:

Tim Redmond, of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, felt that one aspect of the story that deserved more coverage was how the S.F. Police Department was involved in an extensive spy net­work reaching to South Africa and Central America and that the SFPD policies that allowed this to happen are still in place now. Redmond added that although he “broke this piece of the story, other Bay Guardian reporters, especially Jane Hunter, have also played a key role in keeping the story alive and deserve credit for their work. Martin Espinoza, who helped me research the story, also deserves credit.” Redmond also acknowl­edged the role of the Bay Guardian as a whole in getting the story out.

Mitchell Kaidy, author of the article in Lies O f Our Times, said he was motivated to report the story because of the “deficiencies left by the mainstream media.” Kaidy felt it was important for the public to know more about the story since it revealed how Americans, exercising their Constitutional right to dissent, became targets of covert-moni­toring as well as infiltration.” Noting that this is an on-going story with both national and inter­national implications, Kaidy added, “Ironically, although several jour­nalists and many newspaper letter writers were allegedly spied on, I know of no mainline newspapers, weeklies, wire services or journalism publications which have fully inves­tigated the matter. And the only publications that evince continued interest are of limited circulation.”

Dennis J. Opatrny and Scott Winokur covered the issue throughout the year for the San Francisco Examiner: Opatrny said he did not believe that the ongoing story had received sufficient expo­sure since it originally broke. Noting that while ABC did a piece early on and NBC did a news­magazine piece later, “Only the Washington Post, 10 months after the story broke, finally did a main story with sidebars. The so-called Voice of the West, aka the San Francisco Comical, has been strangely silent for the most part, occasionally taking a nibble but never a bite of the story”

Opatrny, who also was speaking for Winokur, said the “general public would benefit with wider exposure of a domestic spying story by simply being made aware that there are groups, perhaps with good intentions, some with evil motives, watching, monitoring and spying on Americans exercising their constitu­tionally guaranteed civil rights and protected political rights. The Anti-­Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith benefits from the limited cov­erage, as would any so-called fact-­finding organization with a shining reputation for doing good that is suddenly under investigation for criminal activity. The ADL’s stated purpose as a watchtower for anti­-Semitism is admirable, but its tac­tics are questionable at best, perhaps illegal at worst.”

Since all the authors agree that the story is not over yet, the main­stream media will have another chance to put it on the national agenda in 1994.

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