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“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.
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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 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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“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

22. AMERICANS JAILED FOR OBEYING INTERNATIONAL LAW

During 1986, 25 individuals were in prisons in the U.S. for actions taken in obedience to the Nuremberg anti-genocide principles and related international law. The 25 are members of the Plowshares movement which protests production and deployment of nuclear weapons by physically interfering with preparations for nuclear war. Since 1980, 65 people have participated in 18 such actions. Protesters enter nuclear weapons’ sites and attempt to dismantle or damage weapons components and related equipment.

Plowshares actions are taken in obedience to international laws, including the St. Petersburg, Hague, and Geneva conventions (which forbid military targeting of civilian populations) and the Nuremberg statutes. Under the Nuremberg principles, the Allies executed Nazi officers for failing to rebel against German war crimes. In the single case where a U.S. judge allowed the Nuremberg principles to be argued, all defendants were acquitted.

 In an apparent effort to break the spirit of Plowshares members, federal judges have handed down some extraordinary prison sentences. For example, Helen Woodson, a single parent with 10 adopted children (nine with disabilities), received an 18-year term. Her role in a 30-minute assault on a 100-ton concrete-and-steel Minuteman silo cover (which is designed to withstand a direct nuclear attack), using a rented jack-hammer, was labelled by the court as “sabotage.” Woodson’s “co-saboteurs” included two Roman Catholic priests and a native American mental health care worker.

The hypocrisy of Justice Department treatment of Plowshares members is apparent when symbolic Plowshares actions are compared with cases where the Justice Department took no action, i.e. the failure of Eli Lilly Co. officials to report 28 deaths from its drug Oraflex or the defrauding of 400 banks of over $8 million by E.F. Hutton Corp.

The failure of the nation’s press to cover the Plowshares story was highlighted by William Dorman, professor of journalism at California State University, Sacramento: “These protesters were the first civilians in peacetime U.S. history to be charged and convicted of sabotage. If for no other reason than American journalism’s preoccupation with ‘firsts,’ the case met all of the usual requirements of a major news story. Yet for the national press corps, with the rare exception of columnist Mary McGrory, the entire affair … was deemed worthy of nothing more than a paragraph or two in wire service roundups and no mention at all on the evening news.”

(The Plowshares story originally was nominated by Martin Holladay on 6/19/86. At the time he was serving an 8-year prison sentence for damaging the lid of a nuclear missile silo in Missouri. Holladay was unexpectedly released from prison on 9/24/86 when a U.S. District Judge reduced his sentence to time served — 19 months.)

 SOURCES:

THE WASHINGTON SPECTATOR, 12/1/85, “An Act of Conscience,” by Tristram Coffin; DEADLINES, 11/86, “As Pruning Hooks Go to Prison, National Press Looks the Other Way,” by William A. Dorman; PLOWSHARES-DISARMAMENT ACTIONS, 5/86, pamphlet by Isaiah Peace Ministry.

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