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Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
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“Project Censored shines a spotlight on news that an informed public must have . . . a vital contribution to our democratic process.” —Rhoda H. Karpatkin, president, Consumer’s Union
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“Activist groups like Project Censored . . . are helping to build the media democracy movement. We have to challenge the powers that be and rebuild media from the bottom up.” —Amy Goodman
“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
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“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
“In another home run for Project Censored, Censored 2013 shows how the American public has been bamboozled, snookered, and dumbed down by the corporate media. It is chock-full of ‘ah-ha’ moments where we understand just how we’ve been fleeced by banksters, stripped of our civil liberties, and blindly led down a path of never-ending war.” –Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK.
“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
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“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States
“[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives.” —Ralph Nader
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“For ages, I’ve dreamed of a United States where Project Censored isn’t necessary, where these crucial stories and defining issues are on the front page of the New York Times, the cover of Time, and in heavy rotation on CNN. That world still doesn’t exist, but we always have Project Censored’s yearly book to pull together the most important things the corporate media ignored, missed, or botched.” –Russ Kick, author of You Are Being Lied To, Everything You Know Is Wrong, and the New York Times bestselling series The Graphic Canon.

A Debate on Torture: Legal Architect of CIA Secret Prisons, Rendition vs. Human Rights Attorney

This article contains a transcript of a debate between former CIA Acting General Counsel John Rizzo and human rights attorney Scott Horton, which occurred as a result of the criticism towards the Obama Administration for closing the investigation on the actions of CIA officials post 9/11. The debate is about the brutal methods the CIA used to capture and question potential threats to the U.S.; the evolvement of the CIA’s purpose (changing from defense of the country to becoming a killing drone); the issue of blame/prosecution for the actions of the CIA; and the question of whether or not the American people have a right to know about the CIA’s actions.

While the debate moves back and forth between these different topics, it centers on whether or not the American people should be allowed to view all the actions of the CIA and the decisions the government has made concerning terrorists post 9/11. The main moral issue here is whether or not the government should be allowed to perform certain actions (i.e. kidnapping, torture, murder, etc.) against potential threats to the country in the name of the American people and for the (supposed) protection of the American people, without first telling them what they are doing. Further, another matter raised is whether or not it’s okay if other countries perform the same methods of interrogation on Americans as the U.S. has done on certain foreigners, and if they do, should the U.S. be allowed to make a case against it when they are doing the same thing.

Student Researcher- Yusra Qureshi

Faculty Evaluator- Elliot D. Cohen, PhD.


Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, “A Debate on Torture: Legal Architect of CIA Secret Prisons, Rendition vs. Human Rights Attorney ,” Truthout, March 31, 2014



The United States is respected for its fair and humane treatment of its citizens. However, after the September 11th terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in 2001, the U.S. has acted in ways that are anything but humane. According to the article, “A Debate on Torture: Legal Architect of CIA Secrets Prisons, Renditions vs. Human Rights Attorney”, the CIA has changed from being an intelligence force to becoming a “drone of killing.” This is an ethical issue because the CIA has taken to torturing and/or killing “persons of interest” or people who are potential threats to America; this is unethical because torture for any reason is wrong. This new purpose of the American government is wholly unethical because the officials responsible are not being prosecuted, the American people are not being told what is being done in their name, and other countries are not allowed to behave in the same way as America without receiving repercussions for their actions.

After the 9/11 terrorist attack, the American government and people were extremely shaken, because they weren’t expecting such a severe attack to such a monumental place in their country. In the aftermath of the attack, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was tasked with finding people who wanted to strike out against America, and also with finding people who knew pertinent information about terrorist attacks. The means of how to find these people and how to get information out of them was not restricted or regulated under the Bush administration. President George W. Bush openly stated that torture (i.e. water boarding) was a legitimate method used to extract information from suspected terrorist or their affiliates. The ethical issue here is that torture committed by an individual in a house or a basement or anywhere in this country is punishable by the law; however, what is the course of action when the legal authority is doing the torturing? Does torture suddenly becoming tolerable, acceptable, normal, when government officials are performing it? From an ethical perspective, no, it does not, because torture is not humane and devalues a person, no matter who is doing the torturing, no matter how sound the reason may be. It is also wrong that none of the higher ranked officials ever get prosecuted for orchestrating a torture session; the Obama administration has closed the investigation of the CIA for its post 9/11 actions. However, lower ranked U.S. government officials have been caught, prosecuted, and convicted for torturing persons of interest, when they were just following orders from their superiors, so why were their superiors not also convicted? The actions of the CIA post 9/11 were unethical; but the inactions of today regarding failure to prosecute these officials/torturers are also entirely unethical.

Also, when the American government decided to create interrogation and detention programs, they did not ask the American people if they were okay with their taxes being spent on such programs. The government also neglected to ask the American people if they found it acceptable that their government was torturing people in the name of their protection. It is highly unethical to torture human beings in the name of other human beings, without first asking for permission and without waiting for approval. Many Americans, if they were aware, would be against the torture of other human beings, but without the knowledge of what is going on how is their voice going to be heard? Also, if there are government officials turned authors, such as John Rizzo, who have the inside perspective, then they should be allowed to speak freely so that the public can be aware of what their government is doing. No American should be blamed for an action they did not know about and did not condone, and no person should have something so ethically questionable as torture of another human being done in their name without their consent.

Another reason why the actions of the CIA post 9/11 were unethical is because the U.S. itself thinks torture is unethical when other countries do the same thing to U.S. citizens, so the U.S. itself cannot be the exception to the rule against torture. If, for example, a branch of government from another country were to capture and torture a U.S. citizen on the grounds that they might have information concerning an underground terrorist group, the entirety of the U.S. would protest. But, if it is unethical for one country or government to behave a certain way, then it is unethical for every country and government to behave that way, including the U.S. government.

In conclusion, the CIA renditions in the post 9/11 era are extremely unethical, and no one plans on rectifying the injustices perpetrated in the name of the American citizens. The actions were unethical because the officials issuing the order for torture have not been convicted or prosecuted, American citizens did not condone the actions being done in their name, and other countries are not allowed to behave that way without repercussion; so neither should the U.S.

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