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

7. THE INSANITY OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

The more Americans learn about the true hazards of nuclear weapons, the more concerned they are with the possibility of a nuclear holocaust. The national support for a bilateral nuclear freeze is but one example,. Following are some nuclear ­related stories that could have strengthened the public’s demand for a nuclear-weapons-free future. The failure of the media to widely publicize these stories qualifies this for nomination as one of the “best censored” stories of 1981.

NUCLEAR ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN — On November 2, 1981, we almost nuked Scotland but few Americans ever heard about it. A fully-armed Poseidon missile was dropped 17 feet from a crane during a transfer operation from the submarine, USS Holland, to the USS Los Alamos, a mother ship. Hundreds of Poseidon missiles are still armed with the W68 warhead which is triggered by LX-09, an unstable explosive, even though production of the suspect weapon was halted in 1977 after a fatal accident at the Pantex nuclear weapons plant in Amarillo, Texas. Extensive tests showed the explosive detonates 509 of the time when dropped from 13 inches; the Poseidon fell 17 feet. Scotland was lucky. SOURCE: New Statesman, 11/27/81, “Accidents Will Happen” by Norman Solomon and Duncan Campbell.

THE REAL “BIAS” IN OUR NUCLEAR STRATEGY — accuracy is the most essential ingredient in our nuclear counterforce once strategy and yet recent reports indicate that our super-sophisticated ICBM’s may not be as accurate as originally thought. The “bias factor,” resulting from unpredictable variations in gravity, atmospheric conditions, and wind velocity, could throw a missile off target by as much as a quarter of a mile. Such an error would fail to destroy a hardened missile silo, key to the counterforce strategy. The “bias factor” throws into doubt the validity of the whole rationale under­lying the U.S. nuclear weapons posture and makes the expensive MX missile system questionable. SOURCE: Inquiry, 10/5/81, “Bombs Awry” by Fred Kaplan.

UNCLE SAM AND NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION — since 1959, the State Department, the Export-Import Bank, and U.S. producers of nuclear reactors have worked together to supply 49 reactors to 12 nations throughout the world, And we don’t really know­ how those reactors are being used. In late November, 1981, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission concluded that the inter­national system of safeguards intended to prevent the diversion of nuclear materials to atomic weapons “would not detect a diversion in at least some types of facilities.” U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass,, earlier warned “For countries such as Libya, Iraq, Pakistan, South Africa, Taiwan, South Korea and others, nuclear power technology exported from the United States and other countries is first and foremost a source of plutonium to make atomic bombs and only secondarily, if at all, a source of electricity,” SOURCES: S.F. Chronicle (Network News Service), 9/6/81, “How U.S. Spread Nuclear Power Around the World” by Howard Jaffe; N.Y. Times, 12/l/81, “World Nuclear Safeguard Weak, U.S. Regulatory Agency Concludes” by Judith Miller.

NUCLEAR TERRORISM — a physicist has charged that the U.S. has gone to great lengths to withhold information about the adequacy of physical security and material accounting and control at nuclear facilities. Examples of inadequate security include the 164 kilograms of highly enriched uranium discovered missing from the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation in 1964 and 1965; the 200 tons of uranium ore hijacked from the Liberian freighter, Scheersburg A, in November, 1968; and the 22 kilograms of highly enriched uranium discovered missing from the naval reactor fuel facility at Erwin, Tennessee, in the fall of 1980. Lax safeguards at nuclear power plants was highlighted in Septem­ber, 1961, when several protestors evaded security guards, during the Diablo Canyon blockade, for two days after breaching three “secure” perimeters around the 735 acre reactor compound. SOURCES: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 8/81 “Secrecy and Nuclear Power by Thomas B. Cochran; Healdsburg (CA) Tribune, 10/21/81, “The Whole Story Behind the Diablo Blockade” by Will McCracken and Margaret Randle.

WHAT CALIFORNIANS DON’T KNOW … — unless Californians happened to read the April, 1981, issue of New West magazine, they might not know they are living in an enormous nuclear bunker. It contained the first documented expose of where nuclear bombs are stored, transported, and shipped in Calif­ornia. The large-scale, secretive, and virtually self-regulated use of radioactive materials by military bases in California include: 1) an estimated 1200 nuclear weapons on at least 12 bases; more than half of these are located in or near major urban areas and some are sitting on active earthquake faults; 2) as many as 19 navy vessels powered by 29 nuclear reactors have home ports in California harbors; radioactive spills and contamination are known to have occurred, yet the navy’s nuclear accident records are classified; 3) the navy transports nuclear weapons by truck, barge, and helicopters through heavily populated areas of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other major cities; 4) U.S. military installations have in many cases failed to coordinate emergency plans with local communities and refuse even to acknowledge the presence of nuclear weapons in the cities. SOURCE: New West, 4/81, “Where the Bombs Are” by David E. Kaplan.

NO “SAFE” LEVEL OF RADIATION — some of the most important data on the effects of nuclear radiation on humans may be wrong according to new research being done at the Lawrence Livermore weapons laboratory in California and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The new findings suggest that the basis of 15 years of radiation research may be in error with radiation toxicity understated, Government physicists have recalculated the data on the radiation fields created by the atomic blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and produced some unexpected results. Their statistics show that most of the cancer caused by those bombs came from low LET gamma rays suggesting that this common type of radiation is more hazardous than had been assumed before. They all agree that the previously accepted figures for high LET (neutron) radiation at Hiroshima are grossly overstated, The implications of these findings are significant, especially in the area of industrial safety and health since the low LET radiation is the most common kind, including X-rays, electrons, and the radiation from nuclear reactor waste. SOURCE: Science, 5/22/81, “New A-Bomb Studies Alter Radiation Estimates” b Eliot Marshal.

RADIATION FROM UNDERGROUND — when the 1963 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty moved nuclear testing underground, it was. not, as Washington officials still claim, a solution to the problem. “Safe” underground tests regularly leak, spraying deadly radiation into the air. Though these tests are not as danger­ous as the open-air tests of the 1950s, Americans were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation from underground tests through the 60s and ’70s and remain in danger today. As recently as September 25, 1980, an underground test broke through the earth scattering its radiation to the winds. “Venting” occurs when the covering earth is blown away creating a shaft out of which spews dirt, rocks, and debris, all highly radioactive. Material can be blown high into the atmosphere where winds carry it across the continent. Fallout from venting has been detected over Nebraska, Iowa, California, Idaho, several East Coast states, and at least once in eastern Canada.  Ventings have been covered-up and kept from public disclosure because of their classified status.

However, in 1980, General Mahlon Gates, operation manager for the Nevada test site, admitted that at least 40 ventings had occurred. Department of Energy monitoring stations, normally used to record radiation levels, reportedly were found to have been switched off during some tests apparently to avoid providing evidence that venting had occurred, SOURCE: The Washington Monthly, 1/81, “Another A-BOMB Cover-up” by Raymond E. Brim and Patricia Condon.

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