PROJECT CENSORED 2012 - Page 3

The top stories you didn't read in the mainstream media: expanding police state, NATO war crimes, criminalized protests, more

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1. SIGNS OF AN EMERGING POLICE STATE

President George W. Bush is remembered largely for his role in curbing civil liberties in the name of his "war on terror." But it's President Obama who signed the 2012 NDAA, including its clause allowing for indefinite detention without trial for terrorism suspects. Obama promised that "my Administration will interpret them to avoid the constitutional conflict" — leaving us adrift if and when the next administration chooses to interpret them otherwise. Another law of concern is the National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order that Obama issued in March 2012. That order authorizes the President, "in the event of a potential threat to the security of the United States, to take actions necessary to ensure the availability of adequate resources and production capability, including services and critical technology, for national defense requirements." The president is to be advised on this course of action by "the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council, in conjunction with the National Economic Council." Journalist Chris Hedges, along with co-plaintiffs including Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg, won a case challenging the NDAA's indefinite detention clause on Sept. 1, when a federal judge blocked its enforcement, but her ruling was overturned on Oct. 3, so the clause is back.

 

2. OCEANS IN PERIL

Big banks aren't the only entities that our country has deemed "too big to fail." But our oceans won't be getting a bailout anytime soon, and their collapse could compromise life itself. In a haunting article highlighted by Project Censored, Mother Jones reporter Julia Whitty paints a tenuous seascape — overfished, acidified, warming — and describes how the destruction of the ocean's complex ecosystems jeopardizes the entire planet, not just the 70 percent that is water. Whitty compares ocean acidification, caused by global warming, to acidification that was one of the causes of the "Great Dying," a mass extinction 252 million years ago. Life on earth took 30 million years to recover. In a more hopeful story, a study of 14 protected and 18 non-protected ecosystems in the Mediterranean Sea showed dangerous levels of biomass depletion. But it also showed that the marine reserves were well-enforced, with five to 10 times larger fish populations than in unprotected areas. This encourages establishment and maintenance of more reserves.

 

3. US DEATHS FROM FUKUSHIMA

A plume of toxic fallout floated to the US after Japan's tragic Fukushima nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011. The US Environmental Protection Agency found radiation levels in air, water, and milk that were hundreds of times higher than normal across the United States. One month later, the EPA announced that radiation levels had declined, and they would cease testing. But after making a Freedom of Information Act request, journalist Lucas Hixson published emails revealing that on March 24, 2011, the task of collecting nuclear data had been handed off from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to the Nuclear Energy Institute, a nuclear industry lobbying group. And in one study that got little attention, scientists Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman found that in the period following the Fukushima meltdowns, 14,000 more deaths than average were reported in the US, mostly among infants. Later, Mangano and Sherman updated the number to 22,000.

 

Comments

Here's 2 versions of the 1st expert showing that the true horror of the NDAA is its backdoor in plain sight (not indefinite detention), which codifies quasi-dictatorial powers secretly claimed by Bush in 2001, and then Obama. So I guess this is an exposure of the censored version of one of the most censored stories in 2012:

http://theglobal99movement.blogspot.com/2012/10/losing-biggest-constitut...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/07/1140438/-Losing-Biggest-Constit...

And to think, some of this all started at UC-Berkeley.

Posted by Christopher M. Tucker on Oct. 10, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

I find it egregious that your paper accuses NATO's well executed operation in Lybia to save hundreds of thousands of lives of being a war crime! You must know the area prior to the uprising. A bloody dictator that had no mercy on his people and finally in the wake of the arab revolts that begun in Tunisia Lybians against all odds rose to liberate themselves from the murderous tyrant but alas without the intervention of France a massive massacre was to ensue. I think it was a job well done considering the misery the Lybians suffered under the tyrant.

Posted by nafiss on Oct. 10, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

Maybe characters in an ancient Greek play? Oh, wait... you mean "NATO" and "Libya", and you're actually serious about the "job well done" part.

Well I guess if the "job" was to liberate Libya's oil for the foreign corporations, then indeed the job was well done.

No denying that Khaddafi was an autocrat. But there's also no denying that:
-Libya had the highest standard of living on the entire continent of Africa, which suggests that quite a bit of oil wealth did find its way down to the people.
-Libya had universal healthcare and was the only country in Africa where life expectancy approached European levels.
-The government kept radical Islam in check. And you know what? Khaddafi turned out to be right when he said terrorists were infiltrating the anti-government militias.
-Libya provided tons of foreign aid for desperately poor African countries. And we're not talking "aid" in the neoliberal sense either, where western governments send in a corporation to rake in big bucks, while the country's government piles on debt. We're talking real development aid.

Khaddafi wasn't a good guy. But if you're trying to sell the idea that ExxonMobil and BP will be better, color me skeptical.

Once the bloody civil war settles down and the Libyan people finish slaughtering each other, and one western-backed warlord emerges victorious over the rest (I'm sure they'll call him "president" or "prime minister" or something western-sounding to make him look appealing), we'll see how the new rulers deal with the rubble of their once-prosperous country.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 10, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

This is perhaps the most urgent subject because not only is the human species endangered, but so are all other species. The World Wildlife Fund's 'Living Planet Report 2012' is a must read. The two most disturbing findings include a loss of 30% global biodiversity and a 50% resource overdraft starting at the tipping point in 1970. I am a retired environmental scientist and I am torn between sounding the alarm and just accepting what I feel is now unavoidable.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 13, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

Whether or not one agrees with the points of this article, you must acknowledge that the news media is complicit in plotting with big industry in ignoring or embellishing certains stories that are commerically sensative.
I sense that there is a struggle going on in mainstream media for change. There are those who cling to the past and the role that media has had in shaping public opinion, vs transparency and factual writing that is honest and fair.
I am waging my own protest by not watching mainstream tv and not reading mainstream newspapers.
I also hold the view that ancient Romans had that politicans, prostitutes and actors were all in the same category. All three painted their faces and told lies to please the vanity of their clients.

Posted by Guest claudia on Oct. 22, 2012 @ 6:44 am

Thank you for finally sharing some tidbits of truth in a mainstream media format. I hope it nudges people to look for more. The mother lode of true investigative journalism today is at www.jimstonefreelance.com. All original research, not regurgitated rumor...and chillingly fleshed out with details, on these topics and many more. Jim Stone is a true reporter, not a repeater.

Posted by Guest Wide Awake on Oct. 23, 2012 @ 3:52 am

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