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.
On September 11, 2011, Chris Williams and his wife Diana, who are both deaf, attempted to evict tenants who hadn’t been paying their rent. When they tried to evict them the tenants boyfriend showed a gesture like he had a gun. So they called the police using a video relay service. The police likely […]
Computers operating at 1 Police Plaza, the headquarters for the New York Police Department, have been used to edit Wikipedia pages containing cases of police brutality. Wikipedia allows anyone to edit entries with a Wikipedia account, or anonymously; oddly enough 1 Police Plaza edits were made anonymously. Little did they know, the website logs the […]
Judge Rules Couple’s Rights Were Violated During Aggressive Arrest While Man’s Wife Was In Labor In 2012, Dana Reiner was in labor as her husband, James Reiner, made the best attempt to get her to the hospital as quickly as he could. On their way they passed two police officers who proceeded to pulled them over […]
By now, everyone should know that the National Security Agency is listening to and recording everything we say, type, or search on computers and smartphones. The data the NSA collected was to be used against terrorism, but big surprise, it’s used for a lot more than terrorism. There were provisions to the Patriot Act that […]
The World Health Organization called the Zika Virus a global public health emergency on February 1, 2016. The WHO claimed this sudden outbreak is the cause for the spike in microcephaly cases in Brazilian children since October of 2015. Microcephaly is a condition where children are born with small skulls and in some cases underdeveloped brains. […]