Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
New criminal justice reforms that lawmakers passed will undoubtedly save the lives of people who have been wrongly imprisoned. Perhaps the most important was House Bill 215, which reforms police lineup procedures. Witness misidentification was a factor in 75 percent of wrongful convictions, according to the New York-based Innocence Project. HB 215, by Rep. Pete […]
Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp has been a subject of controversy ever since it was established in 2002 by the Bush Administration as a detainment and interrogation facility for prisoners of war. On June 10th, 2006, three Guantanamo prisoners were found dead in their cells, hanging from what had appeared to be a makeshift noose. With […]
On October 25, 2011 according to a joint assessment released by the United Nations and the organization of American States named Mexico as the fifth most dangerous country in the world of journalism. Mexico is one of several danger zones where the powerful attempt to silence journalists like Maria Elizabeth Macias, who are doing their […]
A former NYPD narcotics detective, Stephen Anderson, testified in October that he regularly saw police plant drugs on innocent people as a way to meet arrest quotas. He was testifying, under cooperation with prosecuters, in the trial of a fellow detective charged with falsifying public documents and business documents. Anderson says he frequently witnessed the […]
Nano food packaging is the most commercialized of the agri-food nanotechnologies, designed to enhance shelf-life durability and freshness of food. Despite all the perceived benefits, there are mounting ecological concerns with nanotechnologies. Studies show that nanoparticles gain ready access to the blood stream after being inhaled, while some can directly penetrate the skin. There is […]