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.
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 […]
Since sexual violence is one of the principal weapons of policing and punishing perceived sexual deviance and gender nonconformity on the outside, it may come as no surprise that it’s wielded to even greater effect in the highly controlled and violent environment of modern prisons. Studies indicate that as many as one in four female […]
Less than one year after the worst oil mishap in U.S. history, BP began running televised commercials featuring cheerful Gulf of Mexico fishermen as if the 185 million gallons of oil from the BP oil spill of 2010 was just a tiny drop in a big ocean that was quickly cleaned up. The commercials painted […]
Newly released documents show that high officials of JPMorgan Chase bank knew for a long time that Bernard Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme. They did nothing to protect his investors, but they did protect their own investments that were tied to him. Chase risk analyst to look at a Madoff feeder fund, in February […]