Censored’s annual rundown of the past year’s top underreported
Just . . . Oh, Never Mind
By Camille T. Taiara
late July, more than 600 people showed up in Monterey, Calif.,
to speak at a Federal Communications Commission hearing on
ownership concentration in the news media. The participants
were a diverse group—young and old, activists and workers—but
they had a single consistent message: The mainstream news
media were doing a deplorable job of covering the day’s most
That’s no surprise: Consolidation of the media in the hands
of a few corporate Goliaths has resulted in fewer people creating
more of the content we see, hear, and read. One effect has
been a narrower range of perspectives. Another has been the
virtual disappearance of hard-hitting, original, investigative
Absent drastic change to reverse a form of colonialism
that is probably more stringent than the original,
one in every three people worldwide will live in slums
within 30 years.
media has abdicated their responsibility to the First Amendment
to keep the American electorate informed about important issues
in society and instead serves up a pabulum of junk-food news,”
says Peter Phillips, head of Sonoma State University’s Project
Every year, researchers at Project Censored pick through volumes
of print and broadcast news to see which of the year’s most
important stories aren’t receiving the kinds of attention
they deserve. Phillips and his team acknowledge that many
of these stories weren’t “censored” in the traditional sense
of the word: No government agency blocked their publication.
And some even appeared—briefly, and without follow-up—in mainstream
But according to Project Censored, every one of this year’s
picks merited prominent placement on the evening news and
the dailies’ front pages. Instead, they went virtually ignored.
This year’s list speaks directly to the point FCC critics
have raised: Stories that address fundamental issues of wealth
concentration and big-business dominance of the political
agenda are almost entirely missing from the national debate.
From the dramatic increase in wealth inequality in the United
States to the wholesale giveaway of the nation’s natural resources
to the Bush administration’s attack on corporate and political
accountability, events and trends that ought to be dominating
the presidential campaign and the national dialogue are missing
from the front pages.
Here are Project Censored’s 10 biggest examples of major stories
that have been relegated to the most obscure corners of the
Wealth inequality in 21st Century threatens economy and democracy
the mainstream news media recite the official line about the
nation’s supposed economic recovery, a key point has been
missing: Wealth inequality in the United States has almost
doubled over the past 30 years.
In fact, the Federal Reserve Board’s most recent Survey of
Consumer Finances supplement on high-income families shows
that in 1998, the richest 1 percent of households owned 38
percent of the nation’s wealth. The top 5 percent owned almost
60 percent of the wealth.
are much more unequal than any other advanced industrial country,”
New York University economics professor Edward Wolff told
Third World Traveler.
But that’s just part of the problem. “Most Americans believe
we take from people at the top to benefit those below,” Pulitzer
Prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter
David Cay Johnston said in a BuzzFlash interview. But
our tax system is actually set up such that “people who make
$30,000 to $500,000 . . . give relief to those who make millions,
or tens and hundreds of millions of dollars a year.”
The United States is not alone: Today, almost a sixth of the
world’s population—940 million people—“already live in squalid,
unhealthy areas, mostly without water, sanitation, public
services, or legal security,” wrote John Vidal in The Guardian.
A recent United Nations report predicted that, absent drastic
change to reverse “a form of colonialism that is probably
more stringent than the original,” one in every three people
worldwide will live in slums within 30 years. That’s a bigger
threat to democracy and global stability than Al Qaeda and
“The Wealth Divide” (an interview with Edward Wolff), Multinational
Monitor, May 2003; “A BuzzFlash Interview, parts I and
II” (with David Cay Johnson), BuzzFlash staff, buzzflash.com,
March 26 and 29, 2004; “Every Third Person Will be a Slum
Dweller Within 30 Years, UN Agency Warns,” John Vidal, The
Guardian (UK), Oct. 4, 2003; “Grotesque Inequality,” Robert
Weissman, Multinational Monitor, July-August 2003.
Ashcroft vs. the human rights law that holds corporations
decades, the United States has trained right-wing insurgents
and torturers, toppled democratically elected governments,
and propped up brutal dictatorships abroad. But rarely are
the agents of repression ever held accountable for the tens
of thousands of deaths and the brutal cycles of poverty, subjugation,
environmental destruction, and violence they leave in their
wake. Indeed, many foreign tyrants go on to enjoy plush retirement
right here in the United States.
But recently, lawyers have found a way to seek at least a
modicum of justice for victims. The Alien Tort Claims Act,
a 215-year-old law originally passed to prosecute pirates
for crimes committed on the high seas, allows noncitizens
to sue any individual or corporation present on U.S. soil.
Human rights lawyers have pursued 100 cases under ATCA since
1980. Defendants have included former high-ranking government
and military officials from El Salvador, Guatemala, Argentina,
Paraguay, the Philippines (including ex-president Ferdinand
Marcos himself), Indonesia, Bosnia, Ethiopia, and elsewhere.
And although the law can be used only to pursue monetary damages
rather than prison time, it has often resulted in victims
being awarded millions—and in the perpetrators sometimes fleeing
the country rather than paying up.
Ten years ago, victims began using the act to go after corporate
profiteers, too: It was thanks to ATCA, for example, that
Nazi Holocaust survivors were able to seek redress from the
Swiss banks and companies that profited from the slave labor
of concentration camp internees during World War II.
But Attorney General John Ashcroft’s Justice Department has
set its sights on the act, claiming in a brief last year that
the law threatens “important foreign policy interests” associated
with the war on terrorism. Yet hardly a word has been written
in the mainstream media about the Bush administration’s attack
on the main legal recourse left in the United States for victims
to seek redress for human rights violations.
“Ashcroft Goes After 200-year-old Human Rights Law,” Jim Lobe,
OneWorld.net and Asheville Global Report, May 19, 2003.
Bush administration manipulates science and censors scientists
with data that threatens corporate profits is much more widespread
under Bush than we’ve been led to believe. And the Environmental
Protection Agency has emerged as one of the administration’s
One of the first White House moves—on the very day Bush was
inaugurated—was to fire engineer Tony Oppegard, the leader
of a federal team investigating a 300-million-gallon slurry
spill at a coal-mining site in Kentucky. “Black lava-like
toxic sludge containing 60 poisonous chemicals choked and
sterilized up to 100 miles of rivers and creeks,” wrote environmental
lawyer Robert F. Kennedy in The Nation. The EPA dubbed
it “the greatest environmental catastrophe in the history
of the Eastern United States.”
Bush then appointed industry insiders to top posts at the
EPA in charge of mine safety and health.
In another case, a week after the EPA released a study to
Congressional staff about the toxic effects on groundwater
of hydraulic fracturing—a process of injecting benzene into
the ground to extract oil and gas, used by Halliburton, Vice
President Dick Cheney’s old company—the agency revised its
findings in response to “industry feedback” to indicate that
the practice posed no threat after all.
In the days and months following the World Trade Center attack,
the EPA released more than a dozen statements claiming that
the air quality in the surrounding “control zone” was safe—despite
evidence that asbestos dust was present in quantities well
1-percent safety benchmark. The agency opened up the area
to the public a mere week after the attacks, allowing Wall
Street to reopen and cleanup activities to begin. Eighty-eight
percent of rescue workers suffered ear, nose, and throat ailments
and 78 percent suffered lung maladies as a result, according
to a Mt. Sinai School of Medicine study. Half suffered persistent
respiratory problems up to a year later.
Last November, the EPA arranged for Syngenta, the Swiss manufacturer
of Atrazine, to take over federal research of its own product,
the most widely used weedkiller in the United States. This
occurred despite evidence that high concentrations of Atrazine
in groundwater may be responsible for 50-percent-below-normal
semen counts in men in U.S. farming communities, is associated
with high incidences of prostate cancer, and has resulted
in grotesque deformities in frogs when present “at one-thirtieth
the government’s ‘safe’ three parts per billion level,” wrote
The administration has also suppressed scientific findings
on global warming in a dozen major government studies over
the past two years, according to Kennedy.
The problem isn’t limited to the EPA. In fact, government
interference in scientific research has gotten so bad that
60 of the country’s top scientists—including 20 Nobel laureates—issued
a statement last February citing the ways the Bush administration
has distorted scientific data “for partisan political ends”
and calling for regulatory action.
There have been dozens of scientists willing to blow the whistle—normally,
a reporter’s dream come true. But news coverage hasn’t come
close to reflecting the gravity of the problem.
“The Junk Science of George W. Bush,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,
The Nation, March 8, 2004; “Censoring Scientific Information,”
(no author listed), Censorship News: The National Coalition
Against Censorship Newsletter, Fall 2003, No. 91; “Ranking
Scientists Warn Bush Science Policy Lacks Integrity,” Environmental
News Service correspondents, OneWorld.net, Feb. 20, 2004;
“Politics and Science in the Bush Administration,” Committee
on Government Reform—minority staff, Office of U.S. Representative
Henry A. Waxman, Aug. 2003 (updated Nov. 13, 2003).
Proliferation of small nuclear weaponry, proposed
for some future use, has in fact already begun.
High uranium levels found in troops and civilians
year, Project Censored included the United States’ and United
Kingdom’s continued use of depleted uranium weapons—despite
ample evidence of DU’s acute health effects—among its top
10 underreported stories. Almost 10,000 U.S. troops had died
within 10 years of serving in the first Gulf War, researchers
had found. And more than a third of those still alive had
filed Gulf War Syndrome-related claims.
In study after study, research pointed to the use of depleted
uranium in American and British weaponry as the culprit. But
authorities concentrated their efforts into obfuscating the
problem: downplaying its reach, discrediting scientists and
ailing military personnel, and erecting a smoke screen around
the “syndrome’s” root causes.
More recently, the Uranium Medical Research Center, an independent
group of U.S. and Canadian scientists that has conducted studies
of Afghan civilians, found overwhelming evidence that the
United States is also using nondepleted uranium in
its weapons, which is far more radioactive than DU. “If the
use of NDU indicates experimental application of new nuclear
weapons, as the UMRC suggests, then it should alert the public
that proliferation of small nuclear weaponry, proposed for
some future use, has in fact already begun,” wrote Stephanie
Hiller in Awakened Woman.
At the International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan in
Tokyo last December, a team of attorneys from Japan, the United
States and Germany indicted President Bush on a number of
war-crimes charges—among them the use of DU weapons. Leuren
Moret, president of Scientists for Indigenous People, testified
that a U.S. government study conducted on babies of Gulf War
I veterans conceived after the soldiers returned home found
that a full two-thirds suffered from serious birth defects
or illnesses, including being born without eyes or ears, or
with missing or malformed organs or limbs. In Iraq, Moret
said, the defects are even worse. But those are just some
of the images of war that we never see on the evening news.
“UMRC’s Preliminary Findings from Afghanistan and Operation
Enduring Freedom” and “Afghan Field Trip #2 Report: Precision
Destruction, Indiscriminate Effects,” Tedd Weyman, UMRC Research
Team, Uranium Medical Research Center, January 2003; “Scientists
Uncover Radioactive Trail in Afghanistan,” Stephanie Hiller,
Awakened Woman, January 2004; “There Are No Words.
. . . Radiation in Iraq Equals 250,000 Nagasaki Bombs,” Bob
Nichols, Dissident Voice, March 2004; “Poisoned?,”
Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News, April 2004; “International
Criminal Tribune for Afghanistan at Tokyo: The People vs.
George Bush,” Niloufer, Bhagwat J., Information Clearinghouse,
The wholesale giveaway of our natural resources
Werbach, executive director of the Common Assets Defense Fund
and former Sierra Club president, reviewed the Bush administration’s
environmental policy record and came to a disturbing conclusion:
Bush’s record is not only bad—it’s “akin to an affirmative
action program for corporate polluters,” he wrote in In
Vice President Dick Cheney’s infamous, secretive, industry-laden
energy task force produced what can be boiled down to two
main recommendations: “Lower the environmental bar and pay
corporations to jump over it,” Werbach wrote.
For example, Congress has promised $3 billion in tax cuts
to mining corporations to help them access natural gas embedded
in underground coal deposits in Georgia’s Powder River Basin.
The Bureau of Land Management has calculated that miners will
waste a full 700 million gallons of publicly owned water a
year in the process—thereby sucking the region’s underground
aquifers dry and decimating local farms and wildlife.
The Bush administration’s Healthy Forests Initiative essentially
entails granting logging companies access to old-growth trees—and
then subsidizing them for brush clearing. And even the giant
sequoias that former President Bill Clinton sought to protect
by creating a 327,000-acre national monument in the southern
Sierra Nevadas just four years ago risk being logged at a
rate of 10 million board-feet of lumber per year—a higher
rate than allowed on surrounding national forest lands—in
the name of “forest management.”
All in all, the Bush administration has launched the greatest
giveaway of public natural resources in more than a century.
Yet few in the mainstream media have bothered to analyze these
plans and put the lie to the administration’s rhetorical manipulations.
“Liquidation of the Commons,” Adam Werbach, In These Times,
Nov. 23, 2003; “Giant Sequoias Could Get the Ax,” Matt Weiser,
High Country News, June 9, 2003.
The sale of electoral politics
Help America Vote Act required that states submit their blueprints
for switching over to electronic voting systems by last Jan.
1, and implement those plans in time for the 2006 elections.
Some regions are already using the new machines. But those
who’ve bothered to look into the new systems are sending up
serious warning flares. Critics say that if Americans don’t
want a repeat of the 2000 Florida elections fiasco—on a much
grander scale—the administration’s plans must be halted in
A switch to electronic voting might seem innocent enough at
first—until you look at who’s implementing it, and how. Indeed,
the transfer represents the privatization of the voting process
into the hands of a select few fervent GOP supporters who’ve
insisted on keeping their operating systems and codes a trade
secret—meaning that they enjoy absolute control over the entire
voting process, including ballot counting and oversight. There
is no paper trail.
One prime example is Diebold Inc., one of the nation’s top
e-voting machine manufacturers, whose equipment was responsible
for the Florida debacle. Diebold already operates more than
40,000 machines in 37 states across the country. Many of these
are in Georgia, which last November became the first state
to conduct an election entirely with touch-screen machines.
Oddly enough, incumbent Democratic governor Roy Barnes lost
to Republican candidate, Sonny Perdue, 46 percent to 51 percent—“a
swing from as much as 16 percentage points from the last opinion
polls,” wrote Andrew Gumbel in the Independent. In
the same election, incumbent Democratic Senator Max Cleland
likewise lost to his Republican challenger, Saxby Chambliss,
thanks to “a last-minute swing of nine to 12 points.” And
in and around Atlanta, 77 memory cards went missing or were
otherwise temporarily unaccounted for before the votes they’d
registered could be counted.
Similar upsets occurred “in Colorado, Minnesota, Illinois,
and New Hampshire—all in races that had been flagged as key
partisan battlegrounds, and all won by the Republican Party,”
makes it really hard to show their product has been tampered
with if it’s a felony to inspect it,” voting systems specialist
and research fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of
Government Rebecca Mercuri told the Independent.
The other top two e-voting machine manufacturers, Sequoia
and Election Systems and Software (ES&S), are equally
suspect. Several of their executives have troubling track
records of corruption and conflict of interest. All three
companies are prominent Republican Party donors.
“Voting Machines Gone Wild,” Mark Lewellen-Biddle, In
These Times, December 2003; “All the President’s Votes?,”
Andrew Gumbel, Independent (UK), Oct. 13, 2003; “Will
Bush Backers Manipulate Votes to Deliver GW Another Election?,”
Amy Goodman and the staff of Democracy Now!, Sept.
Conservative organization drives judicial appointments
since the Reagan administration, the neocons have pursued
an aggressive campaign to stack the federal courts with right-wing
judges. Their main vehicle: the Federalist Society of Law
and Public Policy, an organization founded in 1982 by a small
group of radically conservative law students at the University
The effort has been a resounding success. With the help of
Republicans in Congress, 85 extra federal judgeships were
created under presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush (the
First); Bill Clinton got nine. Now, seven out of 12 circuit
courts are antiabortion. Seven of the nine Supreme Court Justices
are Republican appointees—and it’s been 11 years since a post
has opened up, meaning another right-winger or two could be
appointed sometime soon. During Bush Sr.’s tenure, one White
House insider boasted that no one who wasn’t a Federalist
ever received a judicial appointment from the president.
One of George W.’s earliest moves in office was to consolidate
the Federalist Society’s power even further: He “simply eliminated
the longstanding role in the evaluation of prospective judges
by the resolutely centrist American Bar Association, whose
ratings had long kept extremists and incompetents off the
bench,” wrote Martin Garbus in The American Prospect.
“Today the Federalists have more influence in judicial-selection
than the ABA ever had.”
The Society now counts Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Supreme
Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and prominent members of the
conservative American Enterprise Institute among its leadership.
Attorney General John Ashcroft, Interior Secretary Gale Norton,
Solicitor General Theodore Olson, and White House Counsel
Alberto Gonzalez—charged with approving all judicial nominations
before passing them onto Congress—are all members.
As one might expect, the Federalists have consistently acted
in favor of property rights over rights of the individual,
business deregulation, creationist teachings, and much of
the rest of the right-wing agenda. But one of the principal
victims has been the democratic process itself: Remember,
it was the Supreme Court that stopped a hand count of 175,000
uncounted (largely Democratic) ballots in Florida, which could
have cost Bush the 2000 presidential election. Conservative
jurists have interfered with redistricting efforts to reverse
the deliberate segregation of black and Latino voters, and
have erected barriers to the participation of third-party
candidates in the electoral process.
Unless liberals miraculously spawn a radical turnaround in
how federal judges—who enjoy lifetime terms—are appointed,
one of George W.’s most longstanding legacies may very well
be a hard-right judiciary that lasts for decades to come.
“A Hostile Takeover: How the Federalist Society Is Capturing
the Federal Courts,” Martin Garbus, The American Prospect,
March 1, 2003; “Courts vs. citizens,” Jamin Raskin, The
American Prospect, March 1, 2003.
Secrets of Cheney’s Energy Task Force come to light
the Bush administration continues to protect the iron wall
of secrecy it has erected around Vice President Dick Cheney’s
Energy Task Force, at least two documents confirm longstanding
suspicions that the administration’s foreign policy is being
driven by the dictates of the energy industry.
When George W. Bush took office in January 2001, he said that
tackling the country’s energy crisis would be a top priority.
The United States faced nationwide oil and natural gas shortages,
and a series of electrical blackouts were rolling across California.
The president established the National Energy Policy Development
Group and appointed Vice President and former Halliburton
CEO Dick Cheney as its head.
One of the big issues on the table was oil, which accounted
for 40 percent of the nation’s energy supply and provided
fuel for the vast majority of the country’s transportation—as
well as its vast war machine. And, for the first time in history,
the United States had become reliant on foreign imports for
more than 50 percent of its oil supply.
But rather than lay the groundwork for converting the economy
to alternative, renewable sources, NEPDG’s report, later released
by Bush as the National Energy Policy report in May 2001,
promoted a central goal of “mak[ing] energy security a priority
of our trade and foreign policy.” In other words, Cheney’s
group wanted to find additional sources of oil overseas, and
ensure U.S. access to that oil—whatever it took.
Documents recently obtained from Cheney’s Energy Task Force
as the result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed
by the public-interest group Judicial Watch indicate that
Cheney and his colleagues had their sights on the black gold
under the Iraqi desert well before the attacks of Sept. 11,
Last July, the Commerce Department finally turned over records
that included “a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries,
and terminals, as well as two charts detailing Iraqi oil and
gas projects, and ‘Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts’,”
according to Judicial Watch’s subsequent press release. There
were also similar maps and charts for Saudi Arabia and the
United Arab Emirates. The documents were dated March 2001.
major news media are beginning to pay much closer attention
to the links between political turmoil abroad and the economies
of oil at home,” wrote Michael Klare in Censored 2005:
The Top 25 Censored Stories. “Still, the media remains
reluctant to explain the close link between the energy policies
of the Bush administration and U.S. military strategy.”
“Cheney Energy Task Force Documents Feature Map of Iraqi Oilfields,”
Judicial Watch staff, Judicial Watch, July 17, 2003; “Bush-Cheney
Energy Strategy: Procuring the Rest of the World’s Oil,” Michael
Klare, Foreign Policy in Focus, January 2004.
Widow brings RICO case against U.S. government for 9/11
the National Commission on Terrorists Attacks Upon the United
States, also known as the 9/11 Commission, completed its first
year, Ellen Mariani and her attorney held a press conference
on the steps of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District
of Pennsylvania to announce her own startling conclusions.
Mariani, wife of Louis Neil Mariani, who died when terrorists
flew United Airlines flight 175 into the World Trade Center’s
south tower, had come to believe that top American officials—including
President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of Defense
Donald Rumsfeld, and others—had foreknowledge of the attacks,
purposefully failed to prevent them, and had since taken pains
to cover up the truth.
The administration, she argues in a federal lawsuit, allowed
Sept. 11 to happen so that Bush and co. could launch their
seemingly endless, global “war on terror” for their own personal
and financial gain. The suit uses the Racketeer Influenced
and Corrupt Organization Act—a law created to go after the
mafia—to charge the nation’s leaders with conspiracy, obstruction
of justice, and wrongful death.
Her lawyer, Philip J. Berg, a former deputy attorney general
of Pennsylvania, filed a 62-page complaint that included 40
pages of evidence. “Compelling evidence
. . . will be presented in this case through discovery, subpoena
power by this Court, and testimony at trial,” he wrote in
a press release sent to 3,000 print and broadcast journalists
announcing the lawsuit and said at a press conference on the
court steps that day.
At the very least, the case presents the potential to uncover
and publicize critical documents and testimony about the Bush
administration’s handling of the Al Qaeda threat and its aftermath.
But only Fox News showed up to the press conference, and it
never ran anything on the topic.
“911 Victim’s Wife Files RICO Case Against GW Bush,” Philip
Berg, scoop.co.nz, Nov. 26, 2003; “Widow’s Bush Treason Suit
Vanishes,” W. David Kubiak, scoop.co.nz, Dec. 3, 2003.
New nuke plants: Taxpayers support, industry profits
you thought nuclear energy was dead, think again: The Bush
administration’s energy bill—yet another product of Cheney’s
industry-stacked Energy Task Force—doesn’t offer any incentives
for companies to switch to renewable energy sources. But it
does provide taxpayer cash for companies that build new nukes.
A secretly crafted provision of the bill, released late on
a Saturday night last November, offers energy companies as
much as $7.5 billion in tax credits to build six new nuclear
reactors. This is in addition to almost $4 billion set aside
for other nuclear-energy programs.
power already has had 50 years of subsidy totaling over $140
billion,” reported Nuclear Information and Resource Service’s
The administration also removed terrorism protection provisions
included in the House version of the bill, and reversed a
previous ban on the export of enriched uranium, which may
be used to construct nuclear bombs.
The press has been “woefully silent on the bill’s nuclear
provisions” wrote Folkers and Michael Mariotte in their update
for Project Censored’s book, Censored 2005: The Top 25
Censored Stories. And while both Democrats and Republicans
managed to defeat the version of bill NIRS warned about last
fall, supporters—particularly Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.)—are
still trying to push those provisions through, in some cases
as riders on other bills. Current estimates on the amount
of tax credits being considered have since risen to “as much
as $15 or even $19 billion.”
“Nuclear Energy Would Get $7.5 billion in Tax Subsidies, U.S.
Taxpayers Would Fund Nuclear Monitor Relapse if Energy Bill
Passes,” Cindy Folkers and Michael Mariotte, Nuclear Information
and Resource Service, Nov. 17, 2003; “U.S. Senate Passes Pro-nuclear
Energy Bill,” Cindy Folkers and Michael Mariotte, WISE/NIRS
Nuclear Monitor, Aug. 22, 2003.
Camille T. Taiara is a staff reporter for the San Francisco
The media can legally lie
Ruled That Media Can Legally Lie,” Liane Casten,
CMW Report, Spring 2003; “Florida Appeals
Court Orders Akre-Wilson Must Pay Trial Costs
to Fox Television; Couple Warns Journalists of
Danger of Free Speech, Whistle Blower Protection,”
(author not listed), Organic Consumer Association,
March 7, 2004.
The destabilization of Haiti
with Aristide’s lawyer, Brian Concannon,” Dennis
Bernstein, Flashpoints, KPFA, April 1,
2004; “The Destabilization of Haiti,” Michel Chossudovsky,
globalresearch.ca, Feb. 29, 2004; “Still Up Against
the Death Plan in Haiti,” Tom Reeves, Dollars
and Sense, September/October 2003; “Aristide
Talks with Democracy Now! About the Leaders
of the Coup and U.S. Funding of the Opposition
in Haiti,” Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!,
KPFA, March 17, 2004; “Aristide backers left out
of coalition,” Ian James, Associated Press, March
Schwartzenegger met with Enron’s Ken Lay years
before the California recall
Ken Lay, George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Gray Davis,”
Jason Leopold, Common Dreams, Aug. 17,
2003; “Arnold Unplugged—It’s Hasta La Vista to
$9 Billion,” Greg Palast, London Observer,
Oct. 6, 2003; “Schwarzenegger Electricity Plan
Fuels Fears of Another Debacle,” Zachary Coile,
San Francisco Chronicle and Common Dreams,
Oct. 11, 2003; “Enron’s Secret Bid to Save Deregulation:
Private Meeting with Prominent Californians,”
Christian Berthelsen, Scott Winokur, and Chronicle
staff writers, San Francisco Chronicle,
May 26, 2001.
New bill threatens intellectual freedom in area
Bill Threatens Intellectual Freedom in Area Studies,”
Benita Singh, Yale Daily News, Nov. 6,
2003; “Speaking in ‘Approved’ Tongues,” Kimberly
Chase, Christian Science Monitor, March
United States develops lethal new bio-weapon viruses
Develops Lethal New Bio-weapon Viruses,” Debora
MacKenzie, The New Scientist, Oct. 29,
2003; CBS News, Nov. 1, 2003; CNN News,
Oct. 31, 2003.
Law-enforcement agencies spy on innocent citizens
Brother Gets Bigger: Domestic Spying and the Global
Intelligence Working Group,” Michelle J.
Kinnucan, Agenda, July/August 2003; “Police
Infiltrate Local Groups,” Mark Schlosberg,
Community Alliance, April 2003; “Denver Police
Keeping Files on Peace Groups,” Loring Wirbel,
Covert Action Quarterly, Fall 2003; “Fresno
Peace Group Infiltrated by Government Agent,”
Mike Rhodes, North Bay Progressive, October
2003; “Bush Administration Expands Police Spying
Powers,” Kate Randall, wsws.org (World Socialist
Web Site), Jan. 10, 2004.
U.S. Government represses labor unions in Iraq
in quest for business privatization
Labor Laws Live On,” David Bacon, The Progressive,
December 2003; “Ambitions of Empire: The Radical
Reconstruction of Iraq’s Economy,” Antonia Juhasz,
Left Turn, March/April 2004.
Media and government ignore dwindling oil supplies
on Empty: Oil Is Disappearing Fast,” Adam Porter,
New Internationalist, Oct. 31, 2003; “Bottom
of the Barrel,” George Monbiot, Guardian
(UK), Dec. 2, 2003.
Global food cartel fast becoming the world’s supermarket
in the Agri-food System,” Hilary Mertaugh,
Left Turn, August/September 2003.
Extreme weather prompts new warning from U.N.
Weather Prompts Unprecedented Global Warming Alert,”
(author unlisted), Independent (UK), July
3, 2003; CNN, July 3, 2003; USA Today,
Oct. 29, 2003; The New York Times, Dec.
Forcing a world market for GMOs
Biotech Links to Big Lenders Worry Farm Experts,”
Katherine Stapp, globalinfo.org, Dec. 3,
2003; “U.S. WTO Dispute Could Bend Poor Nations
to GMOs—Groups,” Emad Mekay, Inter Press Service
(IPS) News Agency, May 14, 2003; “A Rebuttal
to the Tribune,” Liane Casten, CMW Report,
Summer 2003; “Bioscience Warfare,” Alison Pierce,
SF Weekly, June 2-8, 2004.
Exporting censorship to Iraq
Censorship to Iraq,” Alex Gourevitch, The American
Prospect, Oct. 1, 2003; “US Army Major Refuses
Order to Seize Iraq TV Station,” Charlie Thomas,
Asheville Global Report, May 12, 2003.
Brazil holds back in FTAA talks, but provides
little comfort for the poor of South America
U.S. Moves to Squeeze FTAA Opponents,” Emad Mekay,
globalinfo.org, Nov. 15, 2003; “Lula’s First
Year,” Brian Campbell, Left Turn, March/April
Reinstating the draft
Up the Draft Machine?” Dave Lindorff, Salon,
Nov. 3, 2003; “Would a Second Bush Term Mean a
Return to Conscription?” Maureen Farrell,
buzzflash.com, Nov. 11, 2003; “Military Targets
Latino Youth,” Jorge Mariscal, War Times,
Wal-Mart brings inequity and low prices to the
to Wal-World,” Andy Rowell, Multinational Monitor,
panel of judges for this year’s Project Censored
Andersen, associate professor and chair, Department
of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University.
Richard Barnet, author of 15 books and numerous
articles for The New York Times Magazine,
The Nation, and The Progressive.
Liane Clorfene-Casten, cofounder and president
of Chicago Media Watch, a volunteer watchdog group
that monitors the media for bias, distortions,
Lenore Foerstel, Women for Mutual Security, facilitator
of the Progressive International Media Exchange.
George Gerbner, dean emeritus, Annenberg School
of Communications, University of Pennsylvania.
Robert Hackett, professor, School of Communications,
Simon Fraser University; director of News Watch
Carl Jensen, founder and former director of Project
Censored; author of Censored: The News That
Didn’t Make the News and Why (1990-1996) and
20 Years of Censored News (1997).
Sut Jhally, professor of communications and executive
director of the Media Education Foundation, University
Nicholas Johnson, professor, College of Law, University
of Iowa; former FCC Commissioner (1966-1973);
author of How to Talk Back to Your Television
Rhoda H. Karpatkin, president of Consumers Union,
nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports.
Charles L. Klotzer, editor and publisher emeritus,
St. Louis Journalism Review.
Nancy Kranich, past president of the American
Judith Krug, director of the Office for Intellectual
Freedom, American Library Association.
Martin Lee, investigative journalist, media critic
William Lutz, professor of English, Rutgers University;
former editor of The Quarterly Review of Doublespeak.
Julianne Malveaux, economist and columnist, King
Features and Pacifica radio talk show host.
Robert W. McChesney, research associate professor
in the Institute of Communications Research and
the Graduate School of Library and Information
Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Cynthia McKinney, the first African-American woman
from Georgia to serve in the United States House
of Representatives (1992 to 2002).
Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media ecology,
New York University; director of the Project on
Jack L. Nelson, professor, Graduate School of
Education, Rutgers University.
Michael Parenti, political analyst, lecturer,
and author of several books on media.
Dan Perkins, political cartoonist, pen name Tom
Tomorrow, and creator of “This Modern World.”
Barbara Seaman, lecturer; author of The Greatest
Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding
the Estrogen Myth and other books; cofounder
of the National Women’s Health Network.
Erna Smith, professor of journalism, San Francisco
Norman Solomon, syndicated columnist on media
and politics; coauthor of Target Iraq: What
the News Media Didn’t Tell You; executive
director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.
Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld, president of D.C. Productions,
Ltd.; former press secretary to Betty Ford.