ATR News New Year’s Eve Special: Top 5 Most Unreported Stories of 2012

December 31, 2012
Jeremy Smith

In 2012, the “mainstream media” was proven to be an unreliable and biased source of information. Many of the major occurrences of this year have gone under-reported or completely un-reported by most of the major news networks. Instead of covering the most reported stories of 2012, it is necessary to bring you the most under reported, yet crucially important blacklisted news stories of the year.


#5: Soldier Suicides Outnumber Combat Deaths in 2012


The number of suicides by members of the US military soared in 2012, but we heard very little mention of it from the mainstream media. On December 11, 2012, the Department of the Army released the suicide data for the month of November and the numbers were staggering.

It was reported that as of November ,  “For 2012, there have been 177 potential active-duty suicides:  113 have been confirmed as suicides and 64 remain under investigation.  Active-duty suicide number for 2011: 165 confirmed as suicides and no cases under investigation. As of Dec. 7, Stars and Stripes reports that 212 soldiers have died in combat-related deaths in Afghanistan.”


This situation is so serious that it prompted Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, to issue an internal memo and hold a conference to address the issue. He stated that military suicide is,

Perhaps the “most frustrating challenge” he has faced since becoming secretary of defense last year. He also stated that, “Leaders throughout the chain of command must actively promote a constructive command climate that fosters cohesion and encourages individuals to reach out for help when needed.

#4: NDAA and Indefinite Detention of American Citizens Become Lawndaa

On December 31, 2011, as most Americans were ringing in the new year, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. This bill included provisions for the indefinite detention of American citizens on American soil. As reported by, “Section 1031 of the NDAA bill, which itself defines the entirety of the United States as a “battlefield,” allows American citizens to be snatched from the streets, carted off to a foreign detention camp and held indefinitely without trial. The bill states that “any person who has committed a belligerent act” faces indefinite detention, but no trial or evidence has to be presented, the White House merely needs to make the accusation.

While this legislation was still in the process of being passed by Congress, the ACLU released a statement about the bill saying,

The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision. While President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had “serious reservations” about the provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration would use the authorities granted by the NDAA, and would not affect how the law is interpreted by subsequent administrations. The White House had threatened to veto an earlier version of the NDAA, but reversed course shortly before Congress voted on the final bill.

“President Obama’s action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director. “The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield. The ACLU will fight worldwide detention authority wherever we can, be it in court, in Congress, or internationally.”

Under the Bush administration, similar claims of worldwide detention authority were used to hold even a U.S. citizen detained on U.S. soil in military custody, and many in Congress now assert that the NDAA should be used in the same way again. The ACLU believes that any military detention of American citizens or others within the United States is unconstitutional and illegal, including under the NDAA. In addition, the breadth of the NDAA’s detention authority violates international law because it is not limited to people captured in the context of an actual armed conflict as required by the laws of war.

“We are incredibly disappointed that President Obama signed this new law even though his administration had already claimed overly broad detention authority in court,” said Romero. “Any hope that the Obama administration would roll back the constitutional excesses of George Bush in the war on terror was extinguished today. Thankfully, we have three branches of government, and the final word belongs to the Supreme Court, which has yet to rule on the scope of detention authority. But Congress and the president also have a role to play in cleaning up the mess they have created because no American citizen or anyone else should live in fear of this or any future president misusing the NDAA’s detention authority.”


Senator Rand Paul stated,

I, like most Americans, want to ensure that we punish and prevent terrorism, however, we must do so in a way that protects the rights of American citizens. . . . If you allow the government the unlimited power to detain citizens without a jury trial, you are exposing yourself to the whim of those in power. That is a dangerous game.

Senator Bernie Sanders stated,

This bill also contains misguided provisions that in the name of fighting terrorism essentially authorize the indefinite imprisonment of American citizens without charges. While we must aggressively pursue international terrorists and all of those who would do us harm, we must do it in a way that protects the Constitution and the civil liberties which make us proud to be Americans.

Congressman Justin Amash stated,

As we learn more about the Senate’s detention provisions, we are increasingly concerned with their breadth and their potential to authorize the indefinite detention of American citizens without charge or trial,” the bipartisan group wrote. “[W]e ask that you insist the detention provisions be stripped from the bill or modified to protect Americans’ constitutional rights.


#3:  Rise in US Deaths in the Aftermath of the Fukishima Nuclear DisasterNuklearka-Fukushima-Daiichi-Japan-mart-2011

We all know of the disaster in Japan, in which a powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami resulted in massive devastation and a nuclear disaster at the Fukishima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. What the mainstream media did not get right, though, was the fact that the radiation that is being released from Japan has indeed reached the United States and is causing major problems.


The peer-reviewed scientific journal Science of the Total Environment reports:

Massive amounts of anthropogenic radionuclides were released from the nuclear reactors located in Fukushima (northeastern Japan) between 12 and 16 March 2011 following the earthquake and tsunami. Ground level air radioactivity was monitored around the globe immediately after the Fukushima accident. This global effort provided a unique opportunity to trace the surface air mass movement at different sites in the Northern Hemisphere.

The analysis of the air mass forward movements during 12th -16th March showed that the air mass was displaced eastward from the Fukushima area and bifurcated into a northern and a southern branch outside of Japan (Fig. 3). This eastward bifurcation of air masses is in agreement with the simulation of the potential dispersion of the radioactive cloud after the nuclear accident of Fukushima (Weather OnlineWebsite of United Kingdom, UK, 2012).

This work clearly demonstrates how little dissipation occurred during this time due to the nature of the rapid global air circulation system, and the Fukushima radioactive plume contaminated the entire Northern Hemisphere during a relatively short period of time.


In Alaska, Biologist are warning of seals washing up with bleeding lesions and loss of hair. In California, and Washington State, it is the migrating Blue-fin Tuna that have tested positive for Fukishima radiation.

A  study published in the peer-reviewed journal International Journal of Health Services revealed that there had been deaths in the United States due to radiation from the disaster. They later gave us an update with new data.

The 2010-2011 change in reported U.S. deaths in the 14 weeks after fallout from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown arrived in this country is now estimated to be 21,851 deaths greater than expected, up from 13,983 originally estimated. The new figures were based on deaths for the entire years 2010 and 2011, which recently became available; earlier estimates were based on data for only part of 2011.

Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman calculated the 2010-2011 increase in deaths in 122 U.S. cities for the period March 20 to June 25 to be +3.99%, vs. +0.73% for the rest of the year. Extrapolating this difference to the entire U.S. yields 21,851 excess deaths in these 14 weeks. Fukushima fallout arrived in the U.S. March 16, 2011.

The data is taken from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weekly report on deaths for the 122 cities, about one-quarter of the U.S. Final statistics for 2010-2011 will not be public until late 2014. The new findings updates the article Mangano and Sherman published in the International Journal of Health Services in December 2011.Other new findings include:

1. A similar pattern to U.S. deaths in the four months after Chernobyl (estimated excess over 20,000, final excess 16,573)
2. All age groups (<1, 1-24, 25-44, 45-64, 65+) had an excess number of deaths in the spring of 2011 vs. 2010
3. The highest percent excess deaths was for infants under age one, who are most susceptible to radiation exposure
4. A very large 2010-2011 increase in pneumonia/influenza deaths occurred after Fukushima (+11.49% in the spring vs. +1.55% for the rest of the year); this was the only cause of death given by the CDC
5. A very large 2010-2011 increase in total deaths occurred in Boise ID, where Fukushima exposures were probably higher than most of the U.S. (+22.68% in the spring vs. 5.71% for the rest of the year)


 #2: Monster Sinkhole Threatens LouisianaIMG_0560

Louisiana, our neighbor to the South, has it’s own mess on it’s hands. Early in the year, residents in the Bayou Corne area started noticing bubbling in the bayou. In the days after, a monster sinkhole opened open bringing forth the reality of a disaster in the making. Scientist and geologist discovered that the problem stemmed from a faulty cavern wall in a salt dome brine cavern operated by Texas Brine Company.

A declaration of emergency by the governor made already upset evacuated residents of nearby Assumption Parrish even more fearful.

Since the beginning of this disaster much has been discovered about the Napoleonville salt dome, and the chemicals, petrol, gases, and radioactive waste that is stored in the cavers within it. The hydrocarbons stored in the vicinity of the disaster include methane, butane, hydrogen sulfide, and allegedly some radioactive waste.

AlabamaTruth did a in-depth special investigative report on the situation in Louisiana, which can be found here.

#1: Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Makes Massive Strides for LibertyRP-UCLA-FULL

The presidential election of 2012 was one for the record books. Specifically, the campaign of Ron Paul gained more steam than most could have ever imagined. Picking up majorities of state delegations in state, after state, after state, Ron Paul’s delegate strategy allowed him to reach a vastly larger amount of people than in his 2008 run for the presidency. He routinely packed venues, and spoke to tens of thousands of students on the college campuses across the country bringing his unbridled love for liberty to the American public. At his event at UCLA, he drew a record crowd of more than 10,000 people, with people climbing trees to catch a glance of Dr. Paul over the fences.

The mainstream media did everything they could do to discredit Ron Paul, but his message was too popular to silence.

Though Dr. Paul will not be our next president, and is retiring from his career in Congress, he set the path for future liberty lovers to continue to secure our freedoms and liberties.






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