Connect With Us

Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“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
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“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
“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.
“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
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
“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
“Project Censored shines a spotlight on news that an informed public must have . . . a vital contribution to our democratic process.” —Rhoda H. Karpatkin, president, Consumer’s Union
“Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.” —Walter Cronkite
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney
“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.
“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.
“[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives.” —Ralph Nader
“Activist groups like Project Censored . . . are helping to build the media democracy movement. We have to challenge the powers that be and rebuild media from the bottom up.” —Amy Goodman
“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.)
“[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
“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.

25. INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT: CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE

At 3:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 4, 1990, a small group of Senators, in an unrecorded voice vote, passed a bill (SB 2834) that could fundamentally alter our constitutional system and threaten the continued viability of our democratic experiment. With minor revisions, and no media attention, a similar bill was passed by the House of Representatives in the hectic closing days of the 101st Congress. It subsequently was vetoed by President George Bush who objected to provisions that would require him to notify Congress each time he planned to use foreign governments or private companies to carry out covert actions.

The law would have legitimized the kinds of abuses that shocked the nation in the Iran­-contra debacle.

The Intelligence Authorization Act, and specifically Title VII, the “Oversight of Intelli­gence Activities” section, would have amended the National Security Act of 1947 in such a way that the President of the United States would be granted unprecedented powers and financial provisions for covert action.

The misnamed “oversight” section:

– authorized the President to conduct covert operations, an authority never before explicitly recognized in Legislation, and erroneously asserted that this Presidential power has a constitutional basis;

– explicitly denied any power on the part of the Congress to disapprove covert actions; – provided that the President may use any Federal agency or entity, not just the CIA, to fund or conduct covert operations. This step would vastly expand the resources available for such operations and make oversight even more difficult;

– allowed the President to use third countries and private contractors to conduct or fund covert operations;

– required the President to make a finding prior to initiating a covert action and deliver that finding to the Congress, but allowed the President to withhold key details of an operation from Congress, either by asserting that such information is extraordinarily sen­sitive or by claiming executive privilege. Withholding information was the primary method used by the executive branch to limit Iran-contra prosecutions.

This bill, passed by both houses, nearly became law without any national debate. It would have anchored covert operations in statutory law as a permanent instrument of United States foreign policy for the first time in history. While touted as a reform bill to address the abuses revealed in the Iran-contra scandal, this “reform” legislation authorized virtually every abuse.

While national attention was focused on the mideast crisis and the federal budget, Congress abdicated its role in the political process and nearly transferred significant authority over the United States Government to former CIA director, now president, George Bush and to what Bill Moyers has called the “secret government” endangering our Constitution.

SSU CENSORED RESEARCHER: DENISE MUSSETTER

SOURCE: CHRISTIC INSTITUTE ACTION ALERT, 1324 North Capitol St., NW, Washington, DC 20002, DATE: 9/12/90 (Via PeaceNet)

TITLE: “Analysis of Covert Operations Bill”

CO-AUTHORS: Sara Nelson and Lanny Sinkin

COMMENTS: Concerned with the constitutional ramifications of The Intelligence Authorization Act, the Christic Institute’s Media Department mailed out more than 300 packets of information over the course of several weeks to print and electronic media sources. In spite of this, however, the story was virtually shut out of the media. Co-author Lanny Sinkin points out the danger of what happens when the media fail to do their job. “In a Constitutional Democracy, elected officials presumably engage in public policy debates which are then carried by the media to the public for further debate and evaluation. Elected officials should then be informed by their constituents which should in turn inform the formulation and implementation of public policy. Denying the public access to important public policy debates is a detour around the democratic process. Elected officials become in essence a professional team of policy makers in the absence of public debate. In the case of this particular story, the Congressional Intelligence Committees were essentially giving the Executive Branch carte blanche to conduct covert operations even to the point of proclaiming that these powers are expressly given to the Executive in the U.S. Constitution. The critical issue here, is an attempt by Congress to amend the Constitution legisla­tively. Any amendment to the Constitution would certainly deserve widespread debate and proper procedure. The media should be an important vehicle in this process. Covert operations are not a Constitutional prerogative of the Executive in the conduct of foreign policy and the media needed to inform the public about this critical violation of our democratic process.” Ironically, the bill, which had been passed by Congress, was subsequently vetoed by President Bush. “Even the minimal oversight, as opposed to control, embodied in the bill, was considered too intrusive by the President,” Sinkin noted. It now becomes important to follow what happens, Sinkin added. “The President is continuing to fund covert operations, claiming authority to do so from the general authorization for intelligence activities found in the Department of Defense Bill. (See story # 7, Page 30) We view this continued funding as a clear violation of a 1985 amendment to the National Security Act which requires that covert funds be spent only pursuant to a specific authorization by Congress. The question remains whether the Congress will a) do nothing and accept the President’s position; b) pass an even weaker bill the President will sign; c) pass the same bill and try to override a veto; or, d) assert their proper Constitutional role and pass a law explicitly restating the Constitutional order which requires Congress to declare war, raise and finance armies, and appropriate funds.”

Facebook Comments