A groundbreaking series of WND investigative reports on the mysterious and still unexplained death of Miriam Carey in a hail of police gunfire in the nation’s capital may have been bypassed by the Pulitzer committee, but has been recognized by journalistic colleagues across the spectrum.
The reports comprehensively document Carey’s arrival at a White House roadblock with her 13-month-old daughter, her departure, the chase by police officers and the dozens of shots they fired at her, including three that hit her in the back, the initial news reporting virtually all of which was wildly inaccurate, the mysterious blackout on follow-up reporting, the official stonewalling and lack of transparency – and the vexing forensics that reveal a startlingly different and disturbing picture of what really happened.
As WND Editor and CEO Joseph Farah explained, “We filed the Freedom of Information Act requests. We conducted the interviews. We wore out a lot of shoe leather getting the elusive facts. We even sued the Justice Department with the help of Judicial Watch. We’ve gotten more details of the case than every other news organization combined. Don’t just take my word for it – everyone agrees, from the family of Miriam Carey to the Washington Post to Mother Jones magazine to ‘Mr. First Amendment’ Nat Hentoff who recommended we submit the series to the Pulitzer board.”
However, Farah added, “We’re not giving up on getting all the answers. In fact, we’ve just begun. Our case against the Justice Department continues. We’re still fighting the stonewalling. A new administration will be sworn in next January. We will get to the bottom of this tragedy. Justice will be done.”
But WND’s reporting on the Carey tragedy is just one in a crowded field of influential news stories on which WND has broken major ground journalistically, covering topics ranging from homeschoolers being targeted by SWAT teams with battering rams, to pedophile and incest rings on Facebook, to exposing the deep terror ties of supposedly moderate Muslim “civil rights organizations” and much more.
Here (in no particular order) is a listing of some of the most important and consequential stories WND has published over the years:
- “10 years later, Terri Schiavo’s death still hurts.”
WND began reporting on the famous Terri Schiavo case way back in 2002 – long before almost any other national news organizations – exposing the many troubling, scandalous and possibly criminal aspects of the case that to this day rarely surface in news reports. Schiavo abruptly collapsed in her home, eventually being moved to a care center, and died only after her estranged husband requested, and a judge ordered, that care center workers stop providing her with any food or water, literally starving and dehydrating her to death, even though her parents desperately wanted to take her home and care for her themselves.
- “Ramos, Compean freed from prison.” WND was on the forefront of reporting the case of Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who were prosecuted and imprisoned for non-fatally shooting a fleeing Mexican drug smuggler who was carrying 750 pounds of marijuana into the United States. Characterizing Ramos and Compean’s incarceration as a “political prosecution,” Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, called for a congressional investigation into alleged prosecutorial misconduct by El Paso U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton under the direction of Bush administration Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Poe also called for an investigation into the alleged role of the Mexican government in demanding that Ramos and Compean be prosecuted. When the two law enforcement officers were finally freed, Ramos’s family credited WND, saying, “Your reporting had a lot to do with the decision today by President Bush to commute the sentences.”
- “Loretta Lynch lets HSBC skate despite Iran transactions.” WND has long reported on the scandals involving the HSBC bank, including when Loretta Lynch, as U.S. attorney and a nominee to become attorney general, decided not to prosecute HSBC for money-laundering for terrorists and drug cartels. Thousands of instances in which HSBC violated U.S. law prohibiting transactions with Iran were documented in a July 17, 2012, staff report by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations titled “U.S. Vulnerabilities to Money Laundering, Drugs, and Terrorist Financing: HSBC Case Study.” And many of the dirty details regarding HSBC’s operations came from WND’s reporting.
- “DOJ: No comment on why cops killed Miriam Carey.”
The still-ongoing Miriam Carey story centers on why police in Washington, D.C., shot and killed a mom who apparently made a wrong turn into a White House access point, then tried to back out and leave. The list of remaining issues is extensive and includes such questions as why she was shot in the back, where the officers’ statements are, what happened to the video from nearby cameras – and more.
- “Hamas terrorists endorse Obama.” As WND exclusively reported, the terror organization Hamas endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008 when WND Jerusalem Bureau Chief Aaron Klein interviewed Ahmed Yousef, Hamas’ chief political adviser in Gaza, about the upcoming U.S. election. “We like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the elections,” Yousuf told WND. “I hope Mr. Obama and the Democrats will change the political discourse. … I do believe [Obama] is like John Kennedy, a great man with a great principal. And he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community, but not with humiliation and arrogance,” Yousuf said, speaking from Gaza. The controversial endorsement became a featured meme of GOP presidential challenger Sen. John McCain, although Hamas later claimed it was neutral on the U.S. election.
- “Ayers ‘confesses’ he wrote Obama’s ‘Dreams.'” When Bill Ayers, the unrepentant Weather Underground bomber, self-identified “communist” and Chicago colleague of Barack Obama, mockingly admitted, “Yes, I wrote ‘Dreams from My Father,'” many wondered whether he was serious. But not WND columnist Jack Cashill, whose exhaustive published research has documented that Ayers, an accomplished author in his own right, unquestionably played a significant role in the writing of Obama’s celebrated autobiography, “Dreams from My Father.” Best-selling author Christopher Andersen, in “Barack and Michelle: Portrait of a Marriage,” later acknowledged the groundbreaking work of Cashill, who has written more than two-dozen columns since June 2008, making the case that Ayers – dismissed by Obama during the campaign as just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood” – at the very least, shaped and refined “Dreams” with his exceptional writing skill and radical ideas.
- “CAIR called ‘turnstile’ for terrorists suspects.”While the influential and highly controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations attempts to maintain its public posture as a moderate Muslim civil rights group, WND has led the news media in exposing CAIR’s shocking ties to organized terror, specifically Hamas, the radical Islamist ideology of its founders and leaders, and – as one FBI put it to WND – its role as a virtual “turnstile” for terrorists and terror suspects. Indeed, WND has published over the years a “rogues gallery” of CAIR leaders who have been investigated, indicted, deported and/or convicted and imprisoned for terror-related activities.
- “The tragic story of Jesse Dirkhising.” WND reported extensively on the tragic death of 13-year-old Jesse Dirkhising, for which two homosexual men were convicted. The facts suggest strongly that the boy had been used as a sex toy as the two men tortured him to death. But Dirkhising’s horrific demise was largely ignored by the national media, which chose to focus instead on the killing of Matthew Shepherd – an adult homosexual brutally murdered in Wyoming. Dirkhising suffocated to death during the early morning hours of Sept. 26, 1999, after being bound, drugged, gagged and brutally sodomized by Davis Don Carpenter, then 38, and Joshua Macabe Brown, then 22, at the men’s apartment in Rogers, Arkansas.
- “Kids raped, sodomized on Facebook pages.” This groundbreaking report carried an “Explicit Content” warning because of its details of sex abuse of children appearing on numerous Facebook pages. The images, which immediately were reported by WND to the FBI, were revealed to include graphic depictions of sexualized children under age 12 and adults raping young kids. The images were being traded among circles of pedophiles on Facebook.
- “The giant, gaping hole in Sandy Hook reporting.” WND is one of few major news organizations to comprehensively cover the vastly under-reported dangers of psychiatric medications, especially antidepressants with their “black box” suicidality warning labels. In 2013, a few weeks after the Sandy Hook mass shooting, WND documented the jarring correlation between such mega-crimes and psychiatric drug use, showing that most school shooters in recent years have either been taking, or just coming off of, antidepressants or other mood-altering drugs. Many follow-ups came later, including publication of a “Big list of drug-induced killers.”
- “Lessons from the Van Jones affair.” WND published an extended series of reports on Van Jones, a high-profile appointment by Barack Obama as “green jobs czar,” who in turned out had previously identified himself as a radical “communist” and “rowdy black nationalist” who admitted that his environmental activism was actually a means to fight for racial and class “justice.” Several months after WND’s reporting on Jones, Glenn Beck picked up on the topic and publicized the Obama “czar’s” radical background so effectively, Jones soon resigned. WND also reported that one day after the 9/11 terror attacks, Jones had led a vigil expressing solidarity with Arab and Muslim Americans as well as what he called the victims of “U.S. imperialism” around the world.
- “Is this the dreaded ‘civilian national security force’?” WND was virtually the only news organization to raise a red flag when, as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama proposed a “civilian national security force” as big as all of the nation’s military branches combined. Obama’s bizarre call for what amounted to a private standing army was made at a 2008 appearance in Colorado Springs. “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we set,” Obama said at the time. “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” See the Colorado Springs remarks:
- “Police storm homeschool class, take children by force.” This WND headline went viral when it reported on four children, ages 7 to 14, forcibly taken from their Darmstadt, Germany, home by police armed with a battering ram – all over the issue of homeschooling. The family of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich had battled for several years Germany’s World War II-era requirement that all children be enrolled in the nation’s public schools. But they were shocked to see police preparing to knock down their door with a battering ram. WND’s ongoing coverage brought widespread attention to the egregious abuse case.
- “What’s behind today’s epidemic of teacher-student sex?” This comprehensive WND story exploring the modern phenomenon of female school teachers preying sexually on their students, won top honors in the Amy Foundation Writing Awards, a national journalism competition. WND has since compiled “The big list: Female teachers with students,” documenting literally hundreds of cases of predatory female teachers criminally preying on America’s school children.
- “Postman: Ayers family put ‘foreigner’ Obama through school.” According to a retired U.S. Postal Service carrier who delivered mail to Tom and Mary Ayers in a Chicago suburb in the 1980s, and who claims to have met Barack Obama in front of the Ayers home, the parents of former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers helped finance Obama’s Harvard education and believed Obama was a foreign student. Allen Hulton’s sworn affidavit on the issue was delivered to Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who investigated whether Obama was eligible for Arizona’s election ballot.
- “Did John Kerry act as an enemy agent?”
When Secretary of State John Kerry was being promoted for that office, WND reported that while Kerry was yet a Naval Reserve officer, he met, without official authorization, in Paris with representatives of the Viet Cong and the Vietnamese government during the Paris Peace talks. Kerry subsequently returned to the U.S. to implement specific anti-war protests as instructed by Hanoi in a disinformation plan designed to cause the U.S. government to lose the war in by eroding public support.
- “U.S. Attorney says Foster probe fixed” and “Vince Foster ‘suicide’ shocker: 2nd wound documented.” Questions about the mysterious death of Bill Clinton’s Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster have been derided as conspiracy mongering for years. Yet, as a recent WND report shows, uncertainty about Foster’s July 20, 1993, death from a fatal gunshot wound still remains, due to the possibility of foul play. The newest piece of the puzzle was uncovered by two citizen researchers, one of whom was a witness in the case from the beginning. They reveal that recently uncovered documents show a second wound on Foster’s neck – a wound that did not exist according to the official government report on his death, and which would seem to preclude suicide.
- “Here they are: Hillary’s 22 biggest scandals ever”
Turning the IRS into a “gestapo,” covering up for Bill, claims of looting the White House, Filegate, the “Muslim Brotherhood princess,” “Emailgate,” – this report details all of the scandals that have bedeviled Hillary Clinton over her years as a public official.
- “U.N. sending thousands of Muslims to America.” In light of the current immigration chaos in Europe, the issue of Muslim immigration to the U.S. is dominating headlines. This WND report reveals how the U.S. government has been preparing for yet another “surge” in refugees – dispatched to the U.S. after being hand-selected by the United Nations for resettlement into communities across the United States. WND reported in September that Syrians would make up the next big wave of Muslim refugees coming to the U.S., as resettlement agencies lobbied for the U.S. to accept at least 75,000 Syrian refugees – almost all of them Muslim, rather than Christian – over the next five years.
- “Obama accepts bin Laden donations.” WND documented how, using a Pakistani Internet Protocol and proxy server, a disposable credit card and a fake address, “Osama bin Laden” successfully donated twice to Barack Obama’s presidential re-election campaign. The “Bin Laden” donations, actually made by WND staff, specified an occupation of “deceased terror chief” and a stated employer of “al-Qaida.” “Bin Laden” was set up on the official campaign website to contribute more to Obama’s campaign. The name is also registered as a volunteer.
- “U.S. gives drop-dead treatment to tortured beauty.” When Auxiliadora Martinez, 23, a Nicaraguan political refugee, was beaten with sticks, shot at, nearly raped and almost murdered – all because she fought for free elections – many thought that was about as bad as it could get. Then the U.S. prepared to deny her asylum in the land of the free. Martinez, a campaign organizer for Eduardo Montealegre, former Constitutionalist Party candidate for Managua mayor, had been tortured by Nicaragua’s Sandinista regime and pleaded with the United States for asylum, but American immigration officials started out showing her little sympathy. After WND’s multiple in-depth reports on the issue unleashed a flood of letters and phone calls to her caseworkers, Martinez was granted asylum.
- “Proven: TSA hires murderers, rapists, thieves.” WND’s report revealed how those TSA screeners patting you down and combing through your belongings don’t have federal law-enforcement training, may earn about as much as a McDonald’s shift manager and are not required to possess a high-school diploma or GED. In fact, they might even be criminals. The alarming details followed Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s report titled, “‘Not on My Watch’: 50 Failures of TSA’s Transportation Security Officers,” which said the agency has hired “an alarming number of individuals who in many cases would never have passed a simple background check.”
- “Islamic invasion pulls trigger: Europe now scrambles for guns.” This story documents how Austrians are arming themselves at record rates in an effort to defend their households against feared attacks from Muslim invaders. Tens of thousands of “refugees” have poured into Austria from Hungary and Slovenia in recent months on their way to Germany and Sweden, two wealthy European countries that have laid out the welcome mat for migrants. More than a million will end up in Germany alone by the end of this year, according to estimates from the German government. A Czech TV report confirmed that long guns – shotguns and rifles – have been flying off the shelves in Austria, and Austrians who haven’t already purchased a gun may not have a chance to get one for some time. They’re all sold out.
- “Islamic mosque to be built at 9/11 Ground Zero.” It was a giant Islamic mosque that was planned to be constructed just steps from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, where Islamic terrorists murdered 2,751 people in the name of Allah on Sept. 11, 2001. WND’s report revealed that the leading imam behind the move had conducted sensitivity training sessions for the FBI and “has reportedly blamed Christians for starting mass attacks on civilians.” Finally, due to intense opposition generated by media publicity, the “Ground Zero mosque” was officially defeated in 2015.
- “U.S. finally admits Arafat murdered American officials.” For more than three decades, the U.S. State Department held the secret. When it was finally declassified, WND reported that the U.S. government admitted it had known that the late Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, plotted and supervised the murders of two U.S. diplomats in Sudan in 1973. In the attack March 1, 1973, eight members of the Black September terrorist organization, part of Arafat’s Fatah faction of the PLO, stormed the Saudi embassy in Khartoum on Arafat’s orders, taking U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel, diplomat Charge d’Affaires George Curtis Moore and others hostage, and one day later, killing Noel, Moore and Belgian diplomat Guy Eid.
- “Is China trying to poison Americans and their pets?” While Americans have heard occasional news reports of tainted food products from China, including poison pet foods, WND uncovered that FDA inspectors are rejecting hundreds of tainted food imports from China for being filthy, contaminated with pesticides, tainted with carcinogens, bacteria and banned drugs. In one month, WND reported, China topped the list of countries whose products were refused by the FDA – some 257 refusals of Chinese products, including salted bean curd cubes in brine with chili and sesame oil, dried apple, dried peach, dried pear, dried round bean curd, dried mushrooms, olives, frozen bay scallops, frozen Pacific cod, sardines, frozen seafood mix and fermented bean curd.