Call for Articles for the December 2008 Issue
Deadline Thursday, November 13
The November issue of the Creek has "sold out" in record time. (View
it here) It is time to start putting together the next issue.
Rock Creek Free Press Wins Project Censored Award
First I wanted to let you know that the Rock Creek Free Press has
by Project Censored for our coverage of one of the year’s 25 most censored
stories: "Japan Questions 9/11 and the Global War on Terror".
Since the very first issue, the Creek has covered the stories the
corporate press won’t touch including many of the stories highlighted by Project
Censored. I want to thank each of you for helping to make it possible. With
your help we will continue to provide the historical context and political analysis
of the news that can’t be found in any other publication. And we put it in print
on the streets in the Capitol City, where it counts.
I invite you to submit an article… it doesn’t have to be long (1000-2000 words
The deadline for article submission is 11/13/2007 (it is a week earlier than
usual because of the holidays.) Thank you in advance for you contribution to
P.S. If you didn’t receive your copy of the Creek in the mail, respond
with your mailing address so we can get you on the distribution list.
Censored 2009 is also available at the Project Censored bookstore.
# 24 Japan Questions 9/11 and the Global War on Terror in Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009
Rense.com and Rock Creek Free Press, January 14, 2008… Continue reading
By Peter Phillips
The Barack Obama administration is continuing the neo-conservative agenda of US military domination of the world–albeit with perhaps a kinder-gentler face. While overt torture is now forbidden for the CIA and Pentagon, and symbolic gestures like the closing of the Guantánamo prison are in evidence, a unilateral military dominance policy, expanding military budget, and wars of occupation and aggression will likely continue unabated.
The military expansionists from within the Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, G. W. Bush administrations put into place solid support for increased military spending. Clinton’s model of supporting the US military industrial complex held steady defense spending and increased foreign weapons sales from 16% of global orders to over 63% by the end of his administration.
The neo-conservatives, who dominated the most recent Bush administration, amplified this trend of increased military spending. The neo-cons laid out their agenda for military global dominance in the 2000 Project for a New American Century (PNAC) report Rebuilding America’s Defenses . The report called for the protection of the American Homeland, the ability to wage simultaneous theater wars, to perform global constabulary roles, and to control space and cyberspace. The report claimed that in order to maintain a Pax Americana , potential rivals–such as China, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea–needed to be held in check. This military global dominance agenda required forward deployment of US forces worldwide and increasing defense/war spending well into the 21st century. The result was a doubling of the US military budget to… Continue reading
by Mickey S. Huff and Paul W. Rea
They say goldfish have no memory
I guess their lives are much like mine
and the little plastic castle
is a surprise every time
and it’s hard to say if they’re happy
but they don’t seem much to mind.
–Ani DiFranco, Little Plastic Castles
For the past eight years, American culture has seen an outburst of media-driven mythmaking. Corporate mainstream media organizations, the pundits they sponsor, and politicians from both major parties have formed a new contextual chorus singing the same refrain: “On September 11th, 2001, everything changed.” From cable TV to AM radio, from the blogosphere to the town-hall meeting, Americans repeatedly hear that “this is a post-9/11 world.”
Although there is some truth to this platitude of pivotal change, independently minded citizens may also wonder whether such mass media messages have become self-fulfilling prophecies. This provides an interesting point of debate about what has or has not changed in America since 9/11.
This chapter concerns itself with the ongoing phenomena of media mythmaking and how, like many Americans surmised just after 9/11, everything has not changed. 1 Corporate mainstream media have resurrected powerful myths from America’s past to shape public perception in the present. Through the prism of 9/11, one can see how the corporate mass media are in fact doing more mythmaking than news reporting. Here, the authors will examine central historic American myths the corporate media and even much of the alternative independent media have extended into the… Continue reading
By Peter Phillips
The corporate media in the United States are ignoring valid news stories, based on university quality research. It appears that certain topics are simply forbidden inside the mainstream corporate media today. To openly cover these news stories would stir up questions regarding “inconvenient truths” that many in the US power structure want to avoid.
For example, current research indicates that public schools in the United States are more segregated today than they have been in more than four decades. According to a new Civil Rights report, published at the University of California, Los Angeles, schools in the US are 44 percent non-white, and minorities are rapidly emerging as the majority of public school students in the US. Latinos and blacks, the two largest minority groups, attend schools more segregated today than during the civil rights movement forty years ago. Millions of non-white students are locked into “dropout factory” high schools, where huge percentages do not graduate. The most severe segregation in public schools occurs in the Western states, including California–not in the South, as many people believe. Most non-white schools are segregated by poverty as well as race. Schools in low-income communities remain highly unequal in terms of funding, qualified teachers, and curriculum.
Other taboo stories include civilian death rates in Iraq and questions on 9/11. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and a professional survey company in Great Britain, Opinion Research Business (ORB) report that the United States is directly responsible for over one million Iraqi… Continue reading
The 2009 5th Annual 9/11 Film Festival will be held Wednesday and Thursday, September 9th & 10th, 2009
at the Grand Lake Theater
For up-to-date information, please see http://communitycurrency.org/filmfestival2009.html (or
Tickets are $10 for each day and are now available. They may be purchased
at locations in the Bay Area (full list below, at end of this story), at the door, or via email here: Email tickets.
Wednesday Evening, 9/9/2009, we will be holding the World Premiere of
Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup
with film maker – Dylan Avery
and special guests
Richard Gage, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth
artist/author Janette McKinlay (who wrote Fortunate: A Personal Diary of 9/11)
David Ray Griffin, Theologian, author
Bonnie Faulkner, host of KPFA’s Guns and Butter will be the mistress of ceremonies.
Thursday films will begin at noon, 9/10/2009. We will be premiering
with film maker Eric Nadler.
Eric Nadler is an author, TV producer and filmmaker. He has written
for Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Harpers and the New Republic and his films
have been been featured on PBS, the Sundance Channel and Court TV in the United
States and broadcast internationally. He has produced several PBS Frontline
programs, including BCCI- Bank of Crooks and Criminals and The Secret Arming… Continue reading
Wednesday & Thursday Evening – LIVE From Oakland
Live Radio Broadcast — Keynote Speakers from the 911 Truth Film Festival
Will be archived here after the broadcasts by Friday.
Dylan Avery answers questions from the audience LIVE
Wednesday, Sept 9 at 9:20 pm Pacific — 12:20 am Eastern — 04:20 GMT
Q & A with Dylan Avery right after the West Coast Premiere of his new film, Loose Change, An American Coup. On Google alone, the preceding versions of “Loose Change” have been viewed nearly 125 million times. On YouTube the film has a combined viewership of over 30 million worldwide. More than two million copies of the DVD have been sold, and thousands more have been given away. The original “Loose Change” film has been translated into twenty-six languages and has spawned a truth movement around the world. The initial film had a budget of $2,000. This latest version, “Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup”, has an estimated budget of $1,000,000. “Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup” is available exclusively on DVD September 22, 2009.
Dr. David Ray Griffin speaks LIVE & answers questions from the audience.
Thursday, Sept 10 at 7:50 pm Pacific — 10:50 pm Eastern — 02:50 GMT
Introduced by Peter Phillips, a founder of Project Censored. David Ray Griffin has 2 new books which have just been released — The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7-Why the Final Official Report… Continue reading
Two weeks ago America’s media, led by the Washington Times and quickly followed by particularly vitriolic television personalities, blasted Obama-appointed “Green Jobs” Advisor Van Jones for various personal positions and actions taken over the course of his life as an activist. Chief among them was his name being counted among signatories (Van Jones has subsequently denied that he ever signed the 2004 Statement) to a Statement issued by 911truth.org in 2004 asking for answers to 9/11-related questions, signed by 150 other “notable Americans” and 9/11 victims’ family members. The ensuing blood bath did not involve Jones’ positions on “Green” issues, for which he had been hired to advise – nor did the “Truther” feeding frenzy ever ONCE involve mention of the 12 questions listed on that Statement, questions which remain unanswered now . Readers of 911truth.org are aware of this media side-show, which eventually led to Jones’ resignation on 9/12, and no doubt read the statement we issued to the press in response to their calls:
As the eighth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, what doesn’t make sense to us is that media outlets choose to impugn the character of the signatories rather than carry out your responsibility as watchdogs to call attention to the as yet unanswered questions raised in the 2004 statement. Five years later, we challenge you to finally print those same unanswered questions and pursue their answers with the same vigor with which you pursue the signatories.
Now, similar “news” coverage is attacking Golden Globe winning actor… Continue reading
By Peter Phillips
November 22, 2009
Police are arresting and attacking student protesters on University of California (UC) campuses again. “Why did he beat me I wasn’t doing anything,” screamed a young Cal Berkeley women student over KPFA radio on Friday evening November 20. Students are protesting the 32% increase in tuition imposed by the UC regents in a time of severe state deficits. The Board of Regents claims that they have no choice. Students will now have to pay over $10,000 in tuition annually for a public university education that was free only a few decades ago.
The corporate media spins the tuition protests as if we are all suffering during the recession. For example, the San Diego Union Tribune November 20 writes, “These students need a course in Reality 101. And the reality is that there is virtually no segment of American society that is not straining with the economic recession. With UC facing a $535 million budget gap due to state cuts, the regents have to confront reality and make tough choices. So should students.”
Yet, the reality is something quite different. Our current budget crisis in California and the rest of the country has been artificially created by cutting taxes on the wealthiest people and corporations. The corporate elites in the US, the top 1% who own close to half the wealth, are the beneficiaries of massive tax cuts over the past few decades. While at the same time working people are paying more through increased sales and use taxes and higher public college tuition.…Continue reading
Top Censored Stories of 2009/2010
December 31, 2009
The latest edition of Project Censored’s research, the Top 25 censored news stories that didn’t make the news, and more accounts of media democracy in action will be available by October 1st, this fall, for Media Accountability Day. Order your copy today! Or, make a generous tax-deductible donation of $100 or more to the Media Freedom Foundation/Project… Continue reading
By Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff
New research in the journal American Behavioral Scientist (Sage publications, February 2010) addresses the concept of “State Crimes Against Democracy” (SCAD). Professor Lance deHaven-Smith from Florida State University writes that SCADs involve highlevel government officials, often in combination with private interests, that engage in covert activities for political advantages and power. Proven SCADs since World War II include McCarthyism (fabrication of evidence of a communist infiltration), Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (President Johnson and Robert McNamara falsely claimed North Vietnam attacked a US ship), burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist in effort to discredit Ellsberg, the Watergate break-in, Iran-Contra, Florida’s 2000 Election (felon disenfranchisement program), and fixed intelligence on WMDs to justify the Iraq War. 1
Other suspected SCADs include the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald, the shooting of George Wallace, the October Surprise near the end of the Carter presidency, military grade anthrax mailed to Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy, Martin Luther King’s assassination, and the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 on September 11, 2001. The proven SCADs have a long trail of congressional hearings, public records, and academic research establishing the truth of the activities. The suspected SCADs listed above have substantial evidence of covert actions with countervailing deniability that tend to leave the facts in dispute. 2
The term “conspiracy theory” is often used to denigrate and discredit inquiry into the veracity of suspected SCADs. Labeling SCAD research as “conspiracy theory” is an effective method of… Continue reading
SPS versus “W” in Court Hearings in Calgary
By Carol Brouillet
March 7, 2010
DailyCensored.org from Project Censored
Dacajaweiah, John Boncore, or Splitting the Sky, is not a man of few words. If you read his hefty 653-page autobiography, it is very clear that he has lived an extraordinary life and has survived more than his share of violence, to find deep within himself a well of energy and spirit enabling him to not only endure hardships, but to serve his people and the land in the timeless struggle against oppression and tyranny. From the Attica Rebellion to Gustafen Lake to Calgary in 2009, when he attempted a citizen’s arrest of George W. Bush, “Dac” has consciously taken a leadership role to politically challenge the powerful forces that dominate the North American continent. Brutally arrested for his action, he earned his “day in court” to voice not only his defense, but “to highlight the hypocrisy and criminality of the Canadian government for allowing Bush into Canada, and to firmly establish the legal defense of ‘civil resistance’, the duty of citizens to act when our governments and their agents are derelict in their duty. This will be very useful in the future to rein these criminals in.”
Prior to Bush’s visit, the group Lawyers Against the War asked Canadian officials to bar entry or try Bush for his suspected crimes since Canadian Law prohibits “people suspected of any involvement in torture or other war crimes and crimes against humanity from entering… Continue reading
THE EMPIRE, POWER, AND PROPAGANDA LECTURE SERIES
Final Event in the Series for Spring 2010 — An evening with Project Censored:
Media Democracy in Action
Please join the co-editors of Censored 2010 for a public talk and
Truth Emergency International: Censorship, Propaganda, and American Empire
Peter Phillips, President, Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored
Mickey Huff, Director, Project Censored/Media Freedom Foundation
Thursday, April 22nd, 7 P.M.
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists,
1924 Cedar at Bonita, Berkeley, CA
Doors at 6:30 P.M., lecture and discussion at 7 P.M. followed by a book signing
by the authors.
Event is a fundraiser, $5-$20, sliding scale, no one turned away for lack
of funds, wheelchair accessible.
Co-sponsors include Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored, ANSWER, World
Can’t Wait, MECA, RCP, BFUU Social Justice Committee
The series is a fund raiser in support of Flashpoints Radio, and the Media
Freedom Foundation/Project Censored Investigative Reporting Fund.
Event will be Live Videocast by NoLiesRadio
Thursday, April 22: 7pm PDT, 10pm EDT, 02:00 GMT
THE EMPIRE, POWER, AND PROPAGANDA LECTURE SERIES: An evening
with Project Censored.
Please join the co-editors of Censored 2010, Peter Phillips and Mickey
Huff, for a public talk and discussion on the ongoing Truth Emergency and media
censorship in the US.
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, please support these
speakers by… Continue reading
Probe Beneath the Surface of the Obama Era at the “Understanding Deep Politics” Conference in Santa Cruz, May 14-16
By Byron Belitsos
May 4, 2010
Some say it began with the invasion of Iraq. Others, with the inauguration of George W. Bush for his second term. Many point to the day of 9/11. But those in the know–including ten distinguished speakers headlining the “Understanding Deep Politics” Conference in Santa Cruz this May 14-16–trace the era of deep politics further back: Some to JFK’s assassination; others, to the aftermath of World War II. And a few speakers in Santa Cruz will stretch us back to Hitler, Lenin, Weishaupt, or Machiavelli, from there to ancient secret societies, and even back to the dawn of human governance itself–in the belief that conscious political deception is an inescapable feature of human nature. But all agree on the general definition of deep politics: It refers to government in which two dimensions of action always coexist: Overt and covert, or benign and utterly ruthless.
We can trace it forward too; by now we know that the ways of deceptive government did not end with the ascent of Obama. As with the Bush era, the overt side of American politics still refers to government actions thinly covered in the mainstream press; on this level of action, we know that Obama signed the largest military budget in history, expanded the war in Afghanistan, bailed out banks, and “reformed” health care; but on the covert side of the equation, most don’t realize–given how the corporate media and Obama’s benign rhetoric is busy distracting us–that the new president has carried forward virtually all of the discredited Bush-era War or Terror policies.…Continue reading
Revealing the Hidden Forces Behind World Events and Offering Creative
Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) May 10, 2010 — Organizers of the May
14-16 Santa Cruz “Understanding Deep Politics” conference have announced
a three-day summit of engaged scholars and activist leaders to shed new light
on the corrupt forces driving current events, expose the corporate media’s complicity,
and craft tenable strategies of response.
According to “Understanding Deep Politics” coordinator Gabriel Day,
“We believe the most powerful catalyst for positive social change would
be a widespread understanding of deep politics and a corresponding outpouring
of courageous activism addressing the real roots of our crises. We think that
all participants will emerge from this weekend considerably smarter, better
networked, and more hopefully prepared for the great challenges we face.”
EVENT: “Understanding Deep Politics” Conference
WHEN: Fri, May 14, 2010 at 7 PM (Registration from 3 PM, Social
hour: 5 PM) through Sun, May 16th, 6 PM
WHERE: University Inn and Conference Center, 611 Ocean Street,
Santa Cruz, CA
ADMISSION: $25-$110 (including Student and Senior discounts)
SPEAKERS / SOLUTION SESSION PANELISTS (alphabetically)
Ellen Brown – attorney/forensic economist focused on the
crimes of the Federal Reserve
Ian Crane – former oil executive, now writing/lecturing on
geo-political webs of domination
David Ray Griffin – eminent philosophy professor with 30 books
and many 9/11 classics
Annie Machon – former MI-5 Security Service intelligence officer
Jim Marrs – award-winning investigative journalist and NY Times
Michael Parenti – renowned progressive… Continue reading
by Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff
DailyCensored.com World News
“There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.”
— Charles Dickens
We face what appears to be a military industrial media empire so powerful and complex that truth is mostly absent or reported in disconnected segments with little historical context. A case in point: The London Times reported on June 5, 2010, that American troops are now operating in 75 countries. Has President Obama secretly sanctioned a huge increase in the number of US Special Forces carrying out search-and-destroy missions against al-Qaeda around the world? If so, this increase is far in excess of special-forces operations under the Bush administration and reflects how aggressively Obama is pursuing al-Qaeda behind his public rhetoric of global engagement and diplomacy. Somehow this information didn’t make it into the US media.
The US, in cooperation with NATO, is building global occupation forces for the control of international resources in support of Trilateralist–US, Europe, Japan–corporate profits. A New York Times report on the availability of a trillion dollars in mineral wealth in Afghanistan, on top of the need for an oil/gas pipeline from the Caspian Sea, suggests other reasons for U.S objectives in the region.
Jim Lobe of Inter Press Service writes on June 15, 2010, “The timing of the publication of a major New York Times story on the vast untapped mineral wealth that lies beneath Afghanistan’s soil is raising major questions about the intent of the Pentagon … Blake Hounshell, managing editor at Foreign Policy magazine, says that the US Geological Service (USGS) already published a comprehensive inventory of Afghanistan’s non-oil mineral resources on the Internet in 2007, as did the British Geological Survey.…Continue reading
This year’s 9/11 Film Festival will be held in three venues over four days and will have a total of five different programs. The film festival runs from September 9th through September 12th and is being held in theaters in Oakland San Francisco and San Leandro, CA.
The 2010 9/11 Film Festival opens Thursday, September 9th at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland with a nine hour program. It then moves over to San Francisco’s intimate VIZ Cinema in Japantown for a Friday night double feature and filmmaker Q&A. On Saturday, September 11th the film festival continues with two all day programs, one at the VIZ Cinema and the other at The Historic Bal Theatre in San Leandro. The festival closes with an afternoon program at the VIZ Cinema on Sunday.
Highlights of this year’s festival include the world premiere of the film Hypothesis, the North American premiere of the film War Promises and presentations by Prof. Peter Phillips and Prof. Mickey Huff of Project Censored, physics professor David Chandler, and author and filmmaker Servando Gonzalez.
The film festival also features the San Francisco premiere of several international films, including Zero: An Investigation into 9/11, 9/11 False Flag and War Promises.
Last year’s festival was a two day event held at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland.
The 9/11 Film Festival is produced by the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance
and is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The… Continue reading
September 21, 2010
by John Bursill
years new Project Censored book, Censored 2011, has been released including
numerous stories and references to the 9/11 cover up. Dr. Peter Phillips and
Mickey Huff explain in this interview that they have been censored by so called
“alternative” left wing publications because of their refusal to drop
9/11 truth content!
From the show notes: “Censored 2011″ with Dr. Peter Phillips and
Dr. Mickey Huff. We discuss the new Project Censored book and some of the most censored
news stories of the past year. –END–
Listen Here: Guns
and Butter: Project Censored 2011
Please buy the new book and help fight media censorship! Project
Thanks again for another wonderful interview by Bonnie and her team at Guns
and Butter KPFA
Censored 2011- New Book Release on 9/15
Project Censored’s “Censored 2011: The Top Censored Stories of
2009-2010″ is now available for order here! This year’s volume is truly Media Democracy in Action. Not only does it cover the most under-reported stories the corporate media ignore, but
this year’s Censored Deja Vu, Junk Food News and News Abuse, Signs of
Health, and FAIR’s 10th anniversary of Fear and Favor in the News Room.
A full Truth Emergency section debuts this year for “Censored 2011″ to
address State Crimes Against Democracy as… Continue reading