Twenty of the Top Most Censored Stories of 2005-06, released by Project Censored
For thirty years Project Censored at Sonoma State University has been reporting news that corporate media refuses to cover. Here are 20 examples fromthe project's survey of marginalized news stories or issues during 2005/06. Full reviews are published in Censored 2007: 30th Anniversary Edition, available at: www.projectcensored.org/.
- Future of Internet Debate Ignored by Media. In 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 versus consumers and Internet service providers.
- Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran. As recently as January 2005 Halliburton sold key components for a nuclear reactor to an Iranian oil development company in violations of US sanctions.
- Oceans in Extreme Danger. Sea temperature and chemistry changes, along with contamination and reckless fishing practices 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.
- 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 result of invasions and wars sponsored by western powers trying to gain control of the region's mineral wealth.
- 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.
- US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq. The American Civil Liberties Union released documents of 44 autopsies held in Afghanistan and Iraq October 25, 2005. Twenty-one of those deaths were listed as homicides. These documents prove that US operatives tortured detainees to death during interrogation.
- 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 means by which watchdog groups, journalists and individuals can access federal documents.
- World Bank Funds Israel-Palestine Wall. Despite the 2004 International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision that called for tearing down the wall, its construction has accelerated using World Bank funds.
- 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 increase civilian deaths.
- Dangers of Genetically Modified Food Confirmed. Several recent studies confirm fears that genetically modified (GM) foods damage human health.
- Pentagon Plans New Landmines. The US plans to resume production of antipersonnel landmines.
- New Evidence Establishes Dangers of Roundup. New studies show that Roundup, the most widely used weed killer, poses serious human health threats.
- 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 immigration surges and "new programs."
- Chemical Industry is EPA's Primary Research Partner. The American Chemical Council is now EPA's leading research partner
- 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.
- Iraq Invasion Promotes OPEC Agenda. Occupation of Iraq has been used by the US to gain access to OPEC.
- Physicist Challenges Official 9-11 Story. Research by Brigham Young University physicist Steven E. Jones concludes that the official explanation for the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings is implausible according to laws of physics.
- Destruction of Rainforests Worst Ever. New satellite technology shows that the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed twice as quickly as previously estimated.
- Bottled Water: A Global Environmental Problem. Consumers spend $100 billion every year on bottled water in the belief--often mistaken--that it is better for us than what flows from our taps. Some 2.7 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water each year.