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

9. INSLAW SOFTWARE THEFT: CONSPIRACY AT THE JUSTICE DEPT?

In an ongoing legal battle the Inslaw Corp. charges that the U.S. Department of Justice robbed it of its computer software program, conspired to send the company into bankruptcy, and then initiated a cover-up.

The Inslaw software in question, called Promis, was a potential gold mine. A case-management and criminal-tracking program, the software can also be used to track complex covert operations. For this reason, Promis had sales appeal to both law-enforcement agencies and the international intelligence community. In March 1982 Inslaw won a $10 million, three-year contract with the Justice Department, but Justice reneged, withholding nearly $2 million. Consequently, Inslaw sought refuge in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and proceeded to sue Justice.

In September 1987, federal bankruptcy judge George Bason found that the Justice Department used “trickery, fraud and deceit” to take Inslaw’s property, and in February 1988, Bason awarded Inslaw $8 million. Not quite one month later, Judge Bason was denied reappointment to the bench. In the past four years, only four of 136 federal bankruptcy judges have been denied reappointment. Incredibly, Bason was replaced by S. Martin Teel, one of the Justice Department attorneys who unsuccessfully argued the Inslaw case before him. Justice immediately appealed Bason’s ruling, but in November 1989 a federal district court upheld Bason’s ruling. Nevertheless, last spring the U.S. Court of Appeals set aside that ruling on the grounds that the bankruptcy court lacked jurisdiction.

Earlier this year the case took a new twist. Based on a number of sources from inside and outside of the Justice Department, Inslaw’s owners went public with allegations that the Reagan Justice Department, turned the stolen software over to businessman and arms dealer Earl Brian, a friend of both Edwin Meese and Reagan, who served in Reagan’s cabinet when he was governor of California. Inslaw alleges that its software was given to Brian as a payback for Brian’s help in arranging the now infamous “October Surprise” deal. Brian is the owner of Infotechnology, Inc., which controls the bankrupt Financial News Network and United Press International–not to mention Hadron, Inc., which coincidentally, failed in its attempt at a hostile take over of Inslaw. Meanwhile, three different sources have stated in sworn affidavits that Earl Brian brokered the Promis software on a world-wide basis. And according to Inslaw owner Bill Hamilton, his software has been illegally sold to at least 15 different countries.

According to Inslaw’s attorney, former Attorney General Elliot Richardson, “Evidence to support the more serious accusations came from 30 people, including Justice Department sources.” Additionally, the files of the Justice Department’s chief litigating attorney on the case have disappeared.

SSU CENSORED RESEARCHER: MARK LOWENTHAL L

SOURCE: IN THESE TIMES, 2040 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647, DATE: May 29-June 11, 1991

TITLE: “Software Pirates”

AUTHOR: Joel Bleifuss

SOURCE: RANDOM LENGTHS, P.O. Box 731, San Pedro, CA 90733, DATE: October 3-16, 1991

TITLE: “Software To Die For”

AUTHOR: James Ridgeway

COMMENTS: Investigative journalist Joel Bleifuss said that although the Inslaw case has received national coverage after his In These Times article, the “coverage has been woefully inadequate. The media has largely ignored the Inslaw allegations involving the October Surprise, Robert Gates, the disappearance of Justice Department files, the stonewalling by former Attorney General Thornburgh, the connivance of Earl Brian, and the apparent rigging of the judicial process.”

Bleifuss feels the public would benefit from a fuller investigation of the Inslaw case because “it raises important questions about the integrity of the judicial process and — if the allegations concerning Inslaw’s connection to the October Surprise hold true — the sanctity of our electoral system.”

Bleifuss also has some chilling thoughts about the consequences of the limited coverage given the issue. “First, the mass media’s refusal to put its vast resources to use investigating the Inslaw case, sends the message that such allegations have no merit. This serves to delegitimize the work of reporters in the alternative press. Second, the mass media’s failure to take seriously what in this case is a well-documented example of official malfeasance, sends a message to mainstream journalists that they will not advance their careers by investigating government misdeeds. Consequently such investigations do not take place and elected officials are, by implication, free to commit such crimes with impunity.

(On January 13, 1992, in a little publicized ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reinstate a $7.8 million judgment won earlier by Inslaw in its long-running dispute with the Justice Department.)

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