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.
In the last 150 years, prospectors and energy companies have drilled as many as 12 million holes across the United States in search of oil and gas. Many of those holes were plugged after they dried up. But hundreds of thousands were simply abandoned and forgotten, often leaving no records of their existence. Government reports […]
The United States has signed a long- awaited nuclear accord with Chile despite growing misgivings about the safety of nuclear power in Chile. President Obama was to be expected to sign the deal, however, in the end it was signed by Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno and the U.S. ambassador to Chile Alejandro Wolff, behind […]
An American CIA contractor named Raymond Davis opened fire in what he alleges was self-defense. Davis said he was a consultant employed by the US government but, upon further investigation it was revealed that Davis was a CIA contractor employed for security duties. Davis claims the two men that he shot were trying to rob […]
Raymond Davis, a former Blackwater contractor, who was employed by the CIA in Pakistan, was arrested for the killing of two Pakistani citizens in Lahore on January 27, 2011. One of the men was shot in the back as he was running away. The US government first claimed that Davis was protected by diplomatic immunity […]