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.
Researched by Kerry Headley and Jenny Gibson Growing indications suggest that far-reaching and illegal surveillance was conducted inside the US by the National Security Agency under President Bush, including the alleged use of a top-secret database system known as “Main Core.” Dating back to the 1980s, the database reportedly collects and stores – without warrants […]
Researched by Leora Johnson and Michael Seramin The investment portfolios of 151 current members—more than a quarter of Congress—had between $78.7 million and $195.5 million invested in companies that received defense contracts of at least $5 million in 2006. The portfolios include holdings in companies paid billions of dollars each month to support America’s military […]
Researched by Kerry Headley and Rob Hunter Twenty-four oil companies stand to avoid paying $60 billion in royalty revenue due to an oversight by the Department of the Interior, which issued leases that exempted the companies from paying royalties, regardless of the prevailing market price of oil. With oil now trading nearly 600 percent higher […]
Student Researchers: Stephanie Smith and Caitlin Morgan Faculty Evaluator: Most new large U.S. Navy amphibious assault ships would be required to be nuclear powered under the National Defense Authorization Act for 2009. Expanding the use of nuclear technology as a form of propulsion puts our sailors at risk. The vessels’ position in combat can…vary from a ‘stand-off’ […]
Researched by Chelsea Davis In September 2008 Ecuador became the first country in the world to declare constitutional rights to nature, thus codifying a new system of environmental protection. Reflecting the beliefs and traditions of the indigenous peoples of Ecuador, the constitution declares that nature “has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its […]