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Project Censored Announces the Release of the Top 25 Most Censored Stories for 2005-06

Project Censored Announces the Release of the Top 25 Most Censored  
Stories for 2005-06

For thirty years Project Censored at Sonoma State University has been  
reporting the real news that corporate media refuses to cover. The  
250 student researchers and faculty find cutting-edge news stories  
that go under-reported in the mainstream corporate media. Real news  
is not there for the selling of material goods or entertainment. Real  
news can only be measured through its success in building democracy,  
stimulating grassroots activism, and motivating resistance to top- 
down institutions. Democratic activism underlies the purpose, reason,  
and message of free speech. Here again is Project Censored’s release  
of the news that didn’t make the news—a compilation of the best  
examples of journalism that the corporate media marginalized in 2005-06.

Full reviews of the stories are published in Censored 2007: 30th  
Anniversary Edition from Seven Stories Press, available at: http:// 
www.projectcensored.org/

1. Future of Internet Debate Ignored by Media

Throughout 2005 and 2006, a large underground debate raged regarding  
the future of the Internet. Referred to as “network neutrality,” the  
issue has become a tug of war with cable companies on the one hand  
and consumers and Internet service providers on the other.

2. Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran
As recently as January of 2005 and a decade before Halliburton sold  
key components for a nuclear reactor to an Iranian oil development  
company in violations of US sanctions.

3. Oceans of the World in Extreme Danger
Sea temperature and chemistry changes, along with contamination and  
reckless fishing practices intertwine to imperil the world’s largest  
communal life source.
4. Hunger and Homelessness Increasing in the US

The number of hungry and homeless people in US cities continued to  
grow in 2005.

5. High-Tech Genocide in Congo
The world's most neglected emergency is the ongoing tragedy of the  
Congo, where six to seven million have died since 1996 as a  
consequence of invasions and wars sponsored by western powers trying  
to gain control of the region's mineral wealth
6. Federal Whistleblower Protection in Jeopardy

Special Counsel Scott Bloch, appointed by President Bush in 2004, is  
overseeing the virtual elimination of federal whistleblower rights in  
the US government.

7. US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq

The American Civil Liberties Union released documents of forty-four  
autopsies held in Afghanistan and Iraq October 25, 2005. Twenty-one  
of those deaths were listed as homicides. These documents present  
irrefutable evidence that US operatives tortured detainees to death  
during interrogation.

8. Pentagon Exempt from Freedom of Information Act
In December 2005, Congress passed the 2006 Defense Authorization Act  
which renders Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) “operational files”  
fully immune to FOIA requests, the main mechanism by which watchdog  
groups, journalists and individuals can access federal documents.

9. The World Bank Funds Israel-Palestine Wall
Despite the 2004 International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision that  
called for tearing down the Israel-Palestinian Wall—construction of  
the Wall has accelerated using World Bank funds.
10. Expanded Air War in Iraq Kills More Civilians

A key element of Bush’s drawdown plans in Iraq includes increased  
uses of airpower. Expanded air strikes will likely lead to increased  
civilian deaths.

11. Dangers of Genetically Modified Food Confirmed
Several recent studies confirm fears that genetically modified (GM)  
foods damage human health.

12. Pentagon Plans to Build New Landmines
The US plans to resume production of antipersonnel landmines.

#13 New Evidence Establishes Dangers of Roundup
New studies reveal that Roundup, the most widely used weed killer in  
the world, poses serious human health threats.

14. Homeland Security Contracts KBR to Build Detention Centers in the US
Halliburton’s subsidiary KBR has been awarded a $385 million  
contingency contract by the Department of Homeland Security to build  
detention camps in the United States for immigrations surges and  
“news programs.”

15. Chemical Industry is EPA’s Primary Research Partner
The American Chemical Council is now EPA’s leading research partner
16. Ecuador and Mexico Defy US on International Criminal Court

Ecuador and Mexico have refused to sign bilateral immunity agreements  
(BIA) with the US, in ratification of the International Criminal  
Court (ICC) treaty, despite the Bush Administration’s threat to  
withhold economic aid

17. Iraq Invasion Promotes OPEC Agenda
The US occupation of Iraq has been used by the US to acquire access  
to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
18. Physicist Challenges Official 9-11 Story

Research by Brigham Young University physics professor, Steven E.  
Jones, concludes that the official 9/11 explanation for the collapse  
of the World Trade Center buildings is implausible according to laws  
of physics

19. Destruction of Rainforests Worst Ever
New developments in satellite imaging technology reveal that the  
Amazon rainforest is being destroyed twice as quickly as previously  
estimated

20. Bottled Water: A Global Environmental Problem
Consumers spend a collective $100 billion every year on bottled water  
in the belief—often mistaken—that it is better for us than what flows  
from our taps. Worldwide, some 2.7 million tons of plastic are used  
to bottle water each year.

21. Gold Mining Threatens Ancient Andean Glaciers
Barrick Gold, a powerful multinational gold mining company, planned  
to melt three Andean glaciers in order to access gold deposits  
through open pit mining.
22. Billions in Homeland Security Spending Undisclosed

More than $8 billion in Homeland Security funds has been doled out to  
states since the September 11, 2001 attacks, but the public has  
little chance of knowing how this money is actually being spent.

23. US Oil Targets Kyoto in Europe
Lobbyists funded by the US oil industry have launched a campaign in  
Europe aimed at derailing efforts to enforce the Kyoto Protocol  
against global warming

24. Cheney’s Halliburton Stock Rose Over 3000 Percent Last Year

Vice President Dick Cheney’s stock options in Halliburton rose from  
$241,498 in 2004 to over $8 million in 2005, an increase of more than  
3,000 percent

25. US Military in Paraguay Threatens Region

South American countries are concerned that a massive air base at  
Mariscal Estigarribia, Paraguay is designed to be a US military  
stronghold in the region.


Contact Information:


Project Censored

Sonoma State University

1801 East Cotati Ave.

Rohnert Park, CA 94928

707-664-2500

censored @ sonoma.edu

Full reviews of the stories are available at:

http://www.projectcensored.org/
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