Project Censored Announces Release of Censored 2005, The
Top 25 Censored News Stories
For Immediate Release
September 3, 2004
Project Censored Announces Release of
Censored 2005, The Top 25 Censored News Stories
Media Democracy in Action
Sonoma State University\'s student run media research group Project
Censored announces the release of its annual publication, Censored
2005, a compilation of the year\'s 25 most significant news stories
that were overlooked or under-reported by the country\'s major
national news media, as well as chapters on the grass roots media
democracy, media ownership maps, real news about US involvement in
Palestine, Haiti, Iraq, and more.
With introduction by Greg Palast and the political cartoon commentary
of Tom Tomorrow throughout, this year\'s book covers critical issues
facing the American public this election year. In Chapter 1\'s list
of top 25 stories focus on politics, economics, foreign policy, food
and health, the environment, energy, domestic policy, and the
\"We define censorship as interference with the free flow of
information,\" states Peter Phillips, Director of the Project,
\"Corporate media in the United States is interested primarily in
entertainment news to feed their bottom-line priorities. Very
important news stories that should reach the American public often
fall on the cutting room floor to be replaced by sex-scandals and
The Sonoma State University research group is composed of nearly 200
faculty, students and community experts who review about 1000 story
submissions for coverage, content, reliability of sources and
national significance. The top 25 stories are submitted to a panel
of judges who then rank them in order of importance. Current judges
include, Norman Solomon, Michael Parenti, Cynthia McKinney, Howard
Zinn, and 20 other national journalists, scholars and writers.
Censored 2005, now available in bookstores nationwide, can also be
purchased on the project\'s website at www.projectcensored.org.
For more information, contact:
Top Most Censored News Stories
#1 Wealth Inequity in 21st Century Threatens Economy and Democracy
Multinational Monitor, May 2003, Vol. 24, No. 5
Title: \"The Wealth Divide\" (An interview with Edward Wolff)
Author: Robert Weissman
Buzzflash, March 26 and 19, 2004
Title: \"A Buzzflash Interview, Parts I and II\" (with David Cay Johnston)
Author: Mark Karlin
London Guardian, October 4, 2004
Title: \"Every third person will be a slum dweller within 30 years, UN
Author: John Vidal
Multinational Monitor, July/August, 2003
Title: \"Grotesque Inequality\"
Author: Robert Weissman
Wealth inequality increased dramatically in the United States in the
late1990s. The top 5% is now capturing an increasingly greater
portion of the pie while the bottom 95% is clearly losing ground,
resulting in the rapidly vanishing middle class. This trend is the
product of legislative policies carefully crafted and lobbied for by
corporations and the ultra-wealthy over the past 25 years. America\'s
economic trends have a global footprint, and today, the top 400
income earners in the U.S. make as much in a year as the entire
population of the 20 poorest countries in Africa. A series of
reports released in 2003 by the UN warn that further increases in the
imbalance in wealth throughout the world will have catastrophic
effects if left unchecked, such as the collapse of the entire global
#2 Ashcroft vs. the Human Rights Law that Holds Corporations Accountable
One World.Net and Asheville Global Report, May 19, 2003
Title: \"Ashcroft goes after 200-year-old Human Rights Law\"
Author: Jim Lobe
Attorney General John Ashcroft is seeking to strike down one of the
world\'s oldest human rights laws, the Alien Torts Claim Act (ATCA)
which holds government leaders, corporations, and senior military
officials liable for human rights abuses taking place in foreign
countries. Organizations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) vehemently
oppose the removal of this law, as it is one of the few legal
defenses victims of human rights violations can claim against
powerful organizations such as governments or multinational
corporations. By attempting to throw out this law, the Bush
Administration is effectively opening the door for human rights
abuses to continue under the veil of foreign relations diplomacy.
#3 Bush Administration Manipulates Science and Censors Scientists
The Nation, March 8, 2004
Title: \"The Junk Science of George W. Bush\"
Author: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Censorship News: The National Coalition Against Censorship
Newsletter, Fall 2003, #91
Title: \"Censoring Scientific Information\"
Author: The National Coalition Against Censorship staff
Environment News Service and OneWorld.Net, February 20, 2004
Title: \"Ranking Scientists Warn Bush Science Policy Lacks Integrity\"
Author: Sunny Lewis
Office of U.S. Representative Henry A. Waxman, August 2003
Title: \"Politics and Science in the Bush Administration\"
Prepared by: Committee on Government Reform - Minority Staff
(Updated November 13, 2003
In Washington D.C. more than 60 of the nation\'s top scientists,
including 20 Nobel laureates, medical experts, and former federal
agency directors, issued a statement February 18, 2004 accusing the
Bush Administration of deliberately distorting scientific results for
political ends. They are calling for regulatory and legislative
action to restore scientific integrity to federal policymaking.
Under the current administration, the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) has blacklisted scientists who pose a threat to pro-business
ideology, and many unqualified scientists with close industry ties
have been appointed to advisory boards.
# 4 High Uranium Levels Found in Troops and Civilians
Uranium Medical Research Center, January 2003
Title: \"UMRC\'s Preliminary Findings from Afghanistan and Operation
Enduring Freedom\" and \"Afghan Field Trip #2 Report: Precision
Destruction - Indiscriminate Effects\"
Author: Tedd Weyman, UMRC Research Team
Awakened Woman, January 2004
Title: \"Scientists Uncover Radioactive Trail in Afghanistan\"
Author: Stephanie Hiller
Dissident Voice, March 2004
Title: \"There Are No Words Radiation in Iraq equals 250,000 Nagasaki Bombs\"
Author: Bob Nichols
New York Daily News, April 5, 2004
Author: Juan Gonzales
Information Clearing House, March 2004
Title: \"International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan At Tokyo, The
People Vs. George Bush\"
Author: Professor Ms. Niloufer Bhagwat J.
Civilian populations in Afghanistan and Iraq and occupying troops
have been contaminated with astounding levels of radioactive uranium
as a result of post-9/11 United States\' use of tons of uranium
munitions. Four million pounds of radioactive uranium were dropped on
Iraq in 2003 alone.
Most American weapons (missiles, smart bombs, bullets, tank shells,
cruise missiles, etc.) contain high amounts of uranium that on
detonation, release a radioactive dust. Once ingested, these
subatomic particles slice through DNA. With a half-life of 4.5
billion years, it is a permanent contaminant distributed throughout
Scientists from around the world testify to the huge increase in
birth deformities and cancers wherever uranium munitions have been
used. The effects of the U.S. deployment will be felt in all the
neighboring countries in the Middle East and Asia, as well as in our
#5 The Wholesale Giveaway of Our Natural Resources
In These Times, November 23, 2003
Title: \"Liquidation of the Commons\"
Author: Adam Werbach
High Country News, Vol. 35, No. 11, June 9, 2003
Title: \"Giant Sequoias Could Get the Ax\"
Author: Matt Weiser
The Bush Administration\'s environmental policies are destroying much
of the environmental progress made over the past 30 years. Between
the \"Clean Skies Initiative,\" a recent policy that allows power
plants to emit more than five times more mercury and twice as much
sulfur dioxide, and the \"Healthy Forests Initiative,\" which allows
the wholesale liquidation of ancient forests by corporate timber
interests under the guise of fire prevention, resource extraction and
pollution is occurring at unprecedented rates.
#6 The Sale of Electoral Politics
In These Times, December 2003
Title: \"Voting Machines Gone Wild\"
Author: Mark Lewellen-Biddle
Independet/UK, October 13, 2003
Title: \"All The President\'s Votes?\"
Author: Andrew Gumbel
Democracy Now!, September 4, 2003
Title: \"Will Bush Backers Manipulate Votes to Deliver GW Another Election?\"
Reporter: Amy Goodman and the staff of Democracy Now!
Conflicts of interest exist between the largest suppliers of
electronic voting machines in the United States and key leaders in
the Republican Party. While the voting machines themselves present
some technical issues, the political affiliations within the voting
machine industry pose even more serious questions. The three major
companies involved in implementing the new, often faulty, technology
at voting stations throughout the country have strong ties to the
Bush Administration, Republican leaders, and major defense
It must be noted that under the Help America Vote Act control
over the electoral process has been taken away from local officials
and placed in the hands of a very small number of for-profit
corporations. In effect we are privatizing America\'s most public
#7 Conservative Organization Drives Judicial Appointments
The American Prospect, Vol. 14, Issue 3, March 1, 2003
Title: \" A Hostile Takeover: How the Federalist Society is Capturing
the Federal Courts\"
Author: Martin Garbus
Title: \"Courts vs. Citizents\"
Author: Jamin Raskin
In 2001 George W. Bush eliminated the longstanding influence of the
American Bar Association (ABA) in the evaluation of the prospective
federal judges. ABA\'s judicial ratings had long kept extremists from
the right and left off the bench. In its place, Bush has been using
the Federal Society for Law and Public Policy Studies-a national
organization whose mission is to advance a conservative agenda by
moving the country\'s legal system to the right.
One of the most important issues in the country is the control of one
of the three branches of government, the judiciary. While Presidents
and Congress-members get elected every few years, judicial
appointments are for life, Our courts deal with nearly every aspect
of life; work conditions and wages, schools, civil rights,
affirmative action, crime and punishment, abortion and the
environment, amongst others.
#8 Secrets of Cheney\'s Energy Task Force Come to Light
Judicial Watch, July 17, 2003
Title: \"Cheney Energy Task Force Documents Feature Map of Iraqi Oilfields\"
Author: Judicial Watch Staff
Foreign Policy in Focus, January 2004
Title: \"Bush-Cheney Energy Strategy: Procuring the Rest of the World\'s Oil\"
Author: Michael Klare
Cheney Energy Task Force documents turned over in the summer of 2003
by the Commerce Department as a result of the Freedom of Information
Act lawsuit brought by Sierra Club and Judicial Watch contain maps of
Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals. The documents,
dated March 2001, also contain plans of occupation and exploitation
that predate September 11, confirming suspicions that the Bush
Administration energy policy is driving U.S. military strategy.
#9 Widow Brings RICO Case Against U.S. Government for 9/11
Scoop.co.nz, November 2003 and December 2003
Title: \"911 Victim\'s Wife Files RICO Case Against GW Bush\"
Author: Philip J. Berg
Title: \"Widow\'s Bush Treason Suit Vanishes\"
Author: W. David Kubiak
Ellen Mariani became widowed when her husband Louis Neil Mariani
perished in the collision between United Airlines flight 175 and the
South Tower of the World Trade Center. In addition to her refusal of
the government\'s million-dollar settlement offer, Mrs. Mariani has
filed a 62 page complaint in federal district court charging that
President Bush and officials: (1) had adequate foreknowledge of 911,
yet failed to warn the country or attempt to prevent it; (2) have
since been covering up the truth of that day; (3) have therefore
abetted the murder of plaintiff\'s husband and violated the
Constitution and multiple laws of the United States; and (4) are thus
being sued under the Civil Racketeering, Influences, and Corrupt
Organization (RICO) Act for Malfeasant conspiracy, obstruction of
justice and wrongful death.
#10 New Nuke Plants: Taxpayers Support, Industry Profits
Nuclear Information and Resourse Service, November 17, 2003
Title: \"Nuclear Energy Would Get $7.5 Billion in Tax Subsides, US
Taxpayers Would Fund Nuclear Monitor Relapse If Energy Bill Passes\"
Authors: Cindy Folkers and Michael Mariotte
WISE/NIRS Nuclear Monitor, August 2003
Title: \"US Senate Passes Pro-Nuclear Energy Bill\"
Authors: Cindy Folkers and Michael Mariotte
Senator Peter Domenici (R-NM), along with the Bush Administration, is
looking to give the nuclear power industry a huge boost through the
new Energy Policy Act. The Domenici-sponsored bill will give nuclear
power plants credits costing taxpayers an estimated 7.5 billion
dollars, to build six new privately owned, for-profit reactors across
the country. Safety standards will be lowered and liability will be
passed on to taxpayers. This is in addition to the $4 billion already
provided for other nuclear energy programs.
#11 The Media Can Legally Lie
CMW Report, Spring 2003
Title: \"Court Ruled That Media Can Legally Lie\"
Author: Liane Casten
Organic Consumer Association, March 7, 2004
Title: \"Florida Appeals Court Orders Akre-Wilson Must Pay Trial Costs
for $24.3 Billion Fox Television; Couple Warns Journalists of Danger
to Free Speech, Whistle Blower Protection\"
Author: Al Krebs
In 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals ruled that there are no written
rules against distorting news in the media. It agreed with an
argument by Fox Television that, under the First Amendment,
broadcasters have the right to lie or deliberately distort news
reports on public airwaves. Under the current ruling, it is up to the
public to discover whether or not they are being lied to.
#12 The Destabilization of Haiti
KPFA Radio-Flashpoints, April 1, 2004
Title: \"Interview with Aristide\'s lawyer, Brian Concannon\"
Reporter: Dennis Bernstein
globalresearch.ca, February 29, 2004
Title: \"The destabilization of Haiti\"
Author: Michel Chossudovsky
Dollars and Sense, September/October 2003
Title: \"Still Up Against the Death Plan in Haiti\"
Author: Tom Reeves
KPFA - Democracy Now!, March 17, 2004
Title: \"Aristide talks with Democracy Now! About the leaders of the
coup and US funding of the opposition in Haiti\"
Reporter: Amy Goodman
Associated Press, March 16, 2004
Title: \"Aristide Backers Left Out of Coalition\"
Author: Ian James
On February 29, 2004, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced
into exile by American military. While U.S. officials were eventially
forced to acknowledge the kidnapping allegations, they were quick to
discredit them and deny responsibility. Meanwhile, the circumstances
that led to the current situation in Haiti, as well as the history of
U.S. involvement, are being ignored by U.S. officials and the
#13 Schwarzenegger Met with Enron\'s Ken Lay Before the California Recall
Common Dreams, August 17, 2003
Title: \"Ahnuld, Ken Lay, George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Gray Davis\"
Author: Jason Leopold
The London Observer, October 6, 2003
Title: \"Arnold Unplugged-It\'s Hasta la Vista to $9 Billion\"
Author: Greg Palast
San Francisco Chronicle and CommonDreams, October 11,2003
Title: \"Schwarzenegger Electricity Plan Fuels Fears of Another Debacle\"
Author: Zachary Coile
San Francisco Chronicle, May 26, 2001
Title: \"Enron\'s Secret Bid to Save Deregulation: Private Meeting With
Authors: Christian Berthelsen, Scott Winokur, Chronicle Staff Writers
In 2002, while the California Governor and his deputy were attempting
to re-regulate the energy industry (and get back the $9 billion that
was defrauded from California taxpayers by Enron and other energy
companies) Arnold Schwarzenegger was being groomed to overthrow
Governor Davis in a recall - and cancel plans to re-regulate or to
recoup the $9 billion. Back in May of 2001, in the midst of
California\'s energy crisis, Schwarzenegger met with Enron\'s Ken Lay
to discuss \"fixing\" California\'s energy crisis.
#14 New Bill Threatens Intellectual Freedom
Yale Daily News, November 6, 2003
Title: \"New Bill threatens intellectual freedom in area studies\"
Author: Benita Singh
Christian Science Monitor, March 11, 2004
Title: \"Speaking in \'Approved\' Tongues\"
Author: Kimberly Chase
The International Studies in Higher Education Act of 2003 threatens
academic freedom and classroom curriculum. Under this act, professors
whose ideological principles do not support U.S. practices abroad can
have their appointments terminated, any course curriculum containing
criticism of U.S. foreign policy can be censored, and any course
deemed anti-American can be barred from the classroom.
#15 US Develops Lethal New Bio-weapon Viruses
The New Scientist, October 29, 2003
Title: \"US develops lethal new viruses\"
Author: Debora MacKenzie
Scientists funded by the US government have developed a way to make
pox viruses incredibly deadly. The stated goal of this research is
to fight possible bio-terror attacks. The new virus kills all mice
even if they have been given antiviral drugs along with a vaccine
that would normally protect the victim from death.
# 16 Law Enforcement Agencies Spy on Innocent Citizens
Agenda, July--August 2003
Title: \"Big Brother Gets Bigger--Domestic Spying & the Global
Intelligence Working Group\"
Author: Michelle J. Kinnucan
Community Alliance, April 2003
Title: \"Police Infiltrate Local Groups\"
Author: Mark Schlosberg
CovertAction Quarterly, Fall 2003
Title: \"Denver Police Keeping Files On Peace Groups\"
Author: Loring Wirbel
North Bay Progressive, Volume 2 # 8, October 2003
Title: \"Fresno Peace group Infiltrated by Government Agent\"
Author: Mike Rhodes
World Socialist Web Site, www.wsws.org, 1/10/04
Title: \"Bush Administration Expands Police Spying Powers\"
Author: Kate Randall
With little media comment, federal, state and local agencies have
begun working as partners in the collection, analysis, and
dissemination of intelligence information. Under the \"Global
Intelligence Working Group\" (that oversees the new network) police
departments receive increased funding for surveillance activity. This
has resulted in the recent COINTELPRO-style instances of police
infiltration of groups critical of government policies.
#17 U.S. Government Represses Labor Unions in Iraq in Quest for
The Progressive, December 2003
Title: \"Saddam\'s labor laws live on\"
Author: David Bacon
Left Turn, March/April 2004, v. 12
Title: \"Ambitions of Empire: The Radical Reconstruction of Iraq\'s Economy\"
Author: Antonia Juhasz
According to the Wall Street Journal (alone), the Bush Administration
has \"sweeping plans to remake Iraq\'s economy in the US image.\" The US
is calling for the privatization of state-owned industries such as
oil and water. But it has chosen not to overturn Sadaam-era edicts
that outlaw unions. Every day the economic policies of occupying
authorities create more hunger among Iraq\'s working people,
transforming them into a pool of low-wage, semi-employed labor,
desperate for jobs at any price.
#18 Media and Government Ignore Dwindling Oil Supplies
New Internationalist, October 31, 2003
Title: \"Running on empty; Oil is disappearing fast\"
Author: Adam Porter
Guardian Unlimited, December 2, 2003
Title: \"Bottom of the Barrel\"
Author: George Monbiot
Even industry executives affirm that oil is close to reaching, or may
have already reached, its highest levels of production potential.
Once the peak is reached, oil prices will start to rise (as they have
every year since 2000). As oil decline accelerates, prices will rise
even faster, with devastating effects to the US economy. Over the
years, U.S. leaders, bowing to oil industry pressure, have not worked
to develop viable alternatives (as they have done in Europe).
#19 Global Food Cartel Fast Becoming the World\'s Supermarket
Left Turn, August/September 2003
Title: \"Concentration in the Agri-Food System\"
Author: Hilary Mertaugh
Agribusiness and supermarket alliances are transforming the agri-food
system into a powerful network of transnational corporations. They
now have the power to control the world\'s food supply at every stage
of food production. As fewer corporations control food production,
traditional farming is becoming a high-tech form of serfdom. Lack of
competition is leading to higher prices, lower choice and quality,
and employee abuse.
#20 Extreme Weather Prompts New Warning from UN
UK Independent, July 2003
Title: \"Extreme Weather Prompts Unprecedented Global Warming Alert\"
In 2003, The UN\'s World Meteorological Organization reported
unprecedented levels of extreme weather and climate occurrences all
over the world. The report emphasized an alarming increase in global
warming and pointed to the impact of human activity. The significance
of this particular report is that the highly respected UN
organization is known for its normally conservative predictions and
#21 Forcing a World Market for GMOs
Title: \"Agriculture: Biotech Links to Big Lenders Worry Farm Experts\"
Author: Katherine Stapp
Inter Press Service (IPS) News Agency, May 14, 2003
Title: \"U.S. WTO Dispute Could Bend Poor Nations to GMOs-Groups\"
Author Emad Mekay
CMW Report, Summer 2003
Title: \"A Rebuttal to the Tribune\"
Author: Liane Casten
SF Weekly, June 2-8, 2004
Title: \"Bioscience Warfare\"
Author: Alison Pierce
The Bush Administration is trying to force Europe to drop trade
barriers against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Meanwhile,
the agricultural biotechnology industry is focusing even more
intently on developing countries, where regulations governing their
use are generally more lax. At the same time, biotech promoters
continue to suppress studies that show GMOs may have adverse effects
on health and the environment.
#22 Exporting Censorship to Iraq
The American Prospect, Volume 14, Issue 9, October 1, 2003
Title: \"Exporting Censorship to Iraq\"
Author: Alex Gourevitch
Asheville Global Report, May 12, 2003
Title: \"U.S Army Major Refuses Order to Seize Iraq TV Station\"
Author: Charlie Thomas
After the fall of Saddam, Paul Bremer told journalists they were now
\"free to criticize whoever, or whatever, you want.\" But when negative
critiques of U.S. policies appeared in the Iraqi media, Bremer
quickly placed controls on its content. And rather than hiring a
media outlet to run the Iraqi media (or simply allowing the news
groups already there to continue reporting), the Pentagon chose a
defense contractor to define the news.
#23 Brazil Opposes US-style FTAA agreements, But Provides Little
Comfort for the Poor of South America
Globalinfo.org, November 15, 2003
Title: \"Trade: US Moves to Squeeze FTAA Opponents\"
Author: Emad Mekay
Left Turn, Mar/Apr, 2004
Title: \"Lula\'s First Year\"
Author: Brian Campbell
The Free Trade Area of the America\'s (FTAA) could become the biggest
trading block in history, expanding NAFTA to 34 countries from Canada
to the bottom of South America. This deal is unlikely to meet its
January 2005 deadline, now that the second largest player in the
negotiations, Brazil, is holding back. However, Brazilian President
Lula has begun, of his own volition, to institute his own brand of
FTAA austerity policies that are sure to drive the poor of the region
deeper into poverty.
#24 Reinstating the Draft
Salon, November 3, 2003
Title: \"Oiling up the Draft Machine?\"
Author: Dave Lindorff
Buzzflash.com, November 11, 2003
Title: \"Would a Second Bush Term Mean a Return to Conscription?\'
Author: Maureen Farrell
War Times, October-November, 2003
Title: \"Military Targets Latino Youth\"
Author: Jorge Mariscal
The Selective Service System (SSS), the Bush Administration, and the
Pentagon have been quietly moving to fill draft board vacancies
nationwide in order to prepare for a military draft that could start
as early as June 15, 2005. Several million dollars have been added to
the 2004 SSS budget. Meanwhile, through an on-going militarization of
public school systems, the Pentagon has begun efforts to double the
number of Latinos in the U.S. military by 2006.
#25 Wal-Mart Brings Inequity and Low Prices to the World
Multinational Monitor, October 2003
Title: \"Welcome to Wal-World\"
Author: Andy Rowell
The vision of the international division of Wal-Mart is one where
Wal-Mart becomes a global brand, just like McDonald\'s or Coca- Cola,
monopolizing the global retail market. The next five or six years
could see about 5,000 to 6,000 Wal-Mart stores outside of the United
States. Wal-Mart is Americanizing retailing around the world and
exercising an inordinate amount of economic power.
Peter Phillips Ph.D.
Sociology Department/Project Censored
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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