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“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
“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
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
“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.
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“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.
“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
“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
“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
“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
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney
“[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
“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.
“[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
“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.
“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.)
“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

3. BURYING AMERICA IN RADIOACTIVE WASTE

Radioactive waste is building daily throughout the United States and the government doesn’t seem to know what to do with it. The failure of the media to fully address the issue of increasing radioactive waste qualifies this story for nom­ination as one of the “best censored” stories of 1981.

RADIOACTIVE WASTE IN THE SEA — from 1946 to 1970, barges and planes dropped radioactive trash into 50 ocean dumps up and down the east and west coasts of the United States including prime fishing areas that serve the top 20 cities in the country. To this day we don’t know how dangerous they are.  A length investigation by Mother Jones revealed that the government’s radioactive dump site monitoring program was and is a sham. The findings: 1) nuclear officials practiced a policy of deception and benign neglect during three decades of dumping radioactive wastes; 2) only $250,000 has been spent studying the existing dumps since 1974 and almost none of this has gone to test health hazards. Meanwhile, $30 million has been doled out to scientists looking for a way to stash high-level waste beneath the ocean floor; 3) marine scientists believe that radioactive waste dumped during that 25-year period is being consumed by fish; despite this, federal officials have made no real effort to ascertain what the dangers might be to the public; 4) peak release of radioactivity from the dumps could come during the 1980s; thus the country’s fisheries may now be radioactive time bombs. SOURCE: Mother Jones, 7/81, “You Are What They Eat” by Douglas Foster.

THE MILITARY’S UNKNOWN A-WASTE — while public interest generally focuses on commercial nuclear power plants, wastes from atomic weapons production accounts for half the radio­activity and more than 90 percent of the volume of nuclear waste in the U.S., including some 77 million gallons of high-level liquid waste that results annually from the manufacture of plutonium. Most of the weapons-related liquid waste is stored in 169 temporary underground tanks at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state.  Since the mid-1950s, there have been more than 20 instances of leakage at Hanford totaling at least 500,000 gallons of radioactive liquid waste. While the Reagan administration plans to increase nuclear weapons production, it has yet to discover what to do with all the radioactive waste we already have. SOURCE: Christian Science Monitor, 12/28/81, “Military’s A-Waste — A Growing Problem” by Brad Knickerbocker.

THE $120 MILLION BURIAL CHAMBER THAT DIDN’T WORK — the Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Project in New Mexico, focal point of industry and government hopes for early disposal of nuclear wastes, sprung a fatal leak last December. After the DOE spent $120 million carving out a burial chamber in “permanently stable” salt, a drill struck a large body of hot salt water. Proximity to such a large amount of corrosive brine makes the site unsuitable for nuclear-waste storage. SOURCE: This World, San Francisco Chronicle, 2/7/82, “Bury the Nuclear Dream by Daniel Deudney.

HOT WHEELS ON THE HIGHWAYS — a National Academy of Sciences report reveals that the Reagan administration plans to funnel thousands of truckloads of highly toxic spent atomic reactor fuel on public highways to one or more dumps in the West or Southwest. Scientists warned that funneling the country’s atomic waste shipments to one central permanent repository could create a dangerous bottleneck. Further, said one scientist, “The Federal government’s own studies say if one percent of the hazardous material escaped through sabotage or accident, thousands of people could die.”  SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle, (UP), 11/6/81, “Central Dumps for A-Wastes Attacked.

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A DEAD REACTOR? — on July 23, 1976, Pacific Gas & Electric’s Humboldt Bay nuclear reactor in Northern California shut down for refueling — and has not reopened since. The plant is located in an earthquake zone and regulators closed it down due to fear of possible ground movement. Now the facility is a leading candidate to become the largest light-water commercial reactor in the nation ever to be decommissioned. Previously decommissioned reactors have been government-sponsored experimental projects. The problem is that PG&E apparently does not know how to decommission Humboldt Bay; it has never before had to deal with a dead nuke. Further, researchers discovered that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) does not require decommissioning plans at the time of licensing. And Humboldt Bay may merely be the tip of the nuke-berg. All 72 licensed commercial reactors in the U.S. today will have to be decommissioned in our lifetime because reactors have a lifespan of 30-40 years. Also, there are 119 licensed research reactors nationwide; DOE currently has more than 100 facilities that are ready to be decommissioned. And the military has more than 135 reactors. Two solutions being explored by the NRC are “mothballing” and “in-place entombment.” Both possibilities have a problem — they require more than 230,000 years of safe storage. SOURCE: Mother Jones, 1/81, “Taking Apart Your Neighborhood Nuke” by John Ross.

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