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Censored: The scariest news may be the stuff you haven’t seen yet. David Phinney
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thought he’d struck journalistic gold. The veteran reporter, who has done freelance work for PBS, ABC, The New York Times, and other news companies, learned from a disgusted American contractor that the Kuwaiti company hired to build the U.S. embassy in Iraq was using forced laborers trafficked in from Asia
“I tried to sell it to every major news organization that I could think of,” said Phinney. “They all thought that it was fascinating, but they didn’t want to pay for my story, they just wanted to rip off my sources.” Al Jazeera was the only major news outlet to take an interest in Phinney’s work.
For the past 31 years, Project Censored [Previously]
has selected what the research group believes to be the most important news stories that flew under the national radar each year
— either under-reported or completely ignored by the mainstream media. Phinney’s article
about the use of slave labor to build an American embassy, shocking as it may be, ranked fifth on the list of 25. The No. 1 story
: hidden language in the Military Commissions Act of 2006
that does away with habeas corpus rights
, one of the most elemental principles of our legal system
, for anyone labeled an “enemy of the state,” — including, potentially, U.S. citizens.