Dr. Ernest Sternglass, professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine, summarizes a new study that found infant death rates near five U.S. nuclear power plants dropped immediately and dramatically after the reactors closed. The study, conducted by the New York based Radiation and Public Health Project also found a decrease in childhood cancer and deaths from birth defects. Epidemiological data from population areas around nuclear plants located in California, Connecticut, Colorado, Oregon and Wisconsin were the focus of the study.
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Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting media analyst Steve Rendell says that ever since 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez was plucked from the waters off the coast of Florida, Thanksgiving Day, the Cuban boy has been in the spotlight of a 24-hour-a-day, three-ring media circus. He discusses mainstream media's exploitation of the boy, as well as what the coverage has under reported.
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Daniel Ellsberg was a career U.S. government political analyst when, in 1971, he leaked the now famous "Pentagon Papers" to the press. The 47-volume Defense Department internal study of the U.S. role in Southeast Asian conflicts over three decades was classified top secret. The documents chronicled the lies and deceit employed by government officials to justify U.S. military intervention in the region's wars. Mr. Ellsberg, originally a strong supporter of the Vietnam war became a committed opponent, risking his career and freedom when he released these documents to the New York Times.
He was indicted by the Nixon administration for the unauthorized release of state secrets and faced a possible 115-year prison term. But the charges were dismissed in 1973 after it was discovered that President Nixon had authorized White House aides to burglarize Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office in an attempt to discredit him.