- During the post-inauguration Cabinet confirmation season, the nomination of Elaine Chao for Labor secretary received the scantest possible scrutiny, either from the press or from the U.S. Senate that ultimately confirmed her with nary a concern about her background. WorldNetDaily was the only media organization that delved into Chao’s extensive ties – both business and personal – with communist China, as well as her connections to the Riady-owned Lippo group and convicted Chinagate figure John Huang.
- WND Editor Joseph Farah was first to report the stunning revelations of former National Security Agency Palestinian analyst James J. Welsh, implicating Yasser Arafat in the 1973 murder of two U.S. diplomats in Khartoum, Sudan. Farah detailed the exclusive information in three stories:Is U.S. hiding Arafat murders? on Jan. 17, 2001; Murderer as peacemaker? on Jan. 23, 2001; and Ex-NSA op asks Congress to probe Arafat murders on April 17, 2001.
- During the promotional lead-up to Fox’s controversial “reality” show, “Temptation Island,” WND’s Paul Sperry filed a couple of exclusive stories. “Parents tempted on ‘Island’ show” and “‘Island’ show leadeth none into temptation” both rocked Fox and caught fire with the rest of the press, all of which credited WND (except the Washington Post).
- WorldNetDaily reported Sept. 11 that counterterrorism experts suspected Osama bin Laden was behind the deadly attacks. Officials complained to WND that the Clinton administration never seriously considered eliminating bin Laden, but instead let him ‘grow in strength.’
- WorldNetDaily first reported Sept. 11 that terrorists who hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston slit the throats of two female flight attendants who tried to bar them from entering the cockpit. A third stewardess phoned her supervisor back at Logan Airport about the hijacking and murders. She relayed that the terrorists were armed with razor-tipped knives that looked like box cutters.
- In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the rest of the news media reported Sunday, Sept. 30, that Saudi Arabia – apparently concerned about possible strikes on a fellow Arab state – had rejected a U.S. request to use its air bases for an offensive against terrorism. WND had reported the story 24 hours earlier.
- In a dramatic development, WND reported that, with the fleeing of Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd to Switzerland, also first reported in WorldNetDaily, there were signs of a split in the Saudi royal family on the use of Saudi soil by U.S. military forces. While King Fahd and his Sudeiri faction, including defense minister Sultan, were in favor of letting the U.S. place assault forces in forward bases on Saudi soil; the conservative, religious Crown Prince Abdullah, who has run the kingdom since King Fahd became ill, overruled him, backed by the religious establishment.
- On Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, WND’s Paul Sperry broke the sensational story of 14 Syrian nationals entering the U.S. via Dallas/Fort Worth airport to engage in flight training. In “Syrians flood flight schools”he documented how the two dozen Syrians – whose country is on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism – entered the U.S. on student visas to attend flight schools at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport. They arrived just before the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its post-attack ban on novice pilots flying private planes solo in airspace around major metropolitan areas. “Seems that they knew the private plane ban was going to be lifted today,” said an Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector at DFW.Within two days, Sperry’s exclusive story had been picked up by Fox News Channel, United Press International and the Dallas Morning News – all without any credit to WorldNetDaily.Just two weeks later, Sperry reported that 14 Algerian nationals followed on the heels of Syrians, entering the U.S. to train at a Texas flight school. Texas INS agents, alarmed at the surge in Middle Eastern flight students after the Sept. 11 hijackings by Islamic terrorists, documented the Algerian group for the FBI, which chose not to detain the men for additional questioning.
- WorldNetDaily reported that the Islamic terrorists who pulled off the plot to strike New York and Washington used sophisticated telecommunications equipment, some secured by advanced encryption technology that most armies don’t have. Where did they get state-of-the-art, military-related gear able to duck National Security Agency monitoring? An angry senior strategic trade adviser at the Defense Department told WND that the Clinton administration rubber-stamped its shipment to Syria, which is on the FBI’s list of sensitive countries that pose a threat to U.S. security.
- WorldNetDaily first reported on a U.N. agency’s sponsorship of foreign nationals – including some from Arab terrorist states – to tour U.S. nuclear reactors. The tours are part of a little-known federal course that trains foreigners in security techniques used at U.S. nuclear sites. WND learned that despite the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the course was to be offered again in the spring.
- WorldNetDaily discovered that the size of the U.S. stockpile of the most potent anthrax antibiotic, Cipro, was smaller than federal officials had claimed. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson publicly stated that there was enough Cipro on hand to treat about 2 million people for 60 days. In fact, the 2 million dosages included amoxicillin and doxycycline. Cipro, it turns out, was just part of the 2 million-dosage mix.
- WorldNetDaily first reported that a leading airport-security firm had been pressured by the federal government to rehire Arab non-citizens. Argenbright Security Inc., which provides security at both Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports, agreed in early 1999 to rehire seven Muslim women after they filed a religion-bias complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- WorldNetDaily broke the story of how neighbors in a Washington, D.C., suburb had alerted federal authorities to suspicious activity at a rented home that turned out to be a safe-house for Sept. 11 hijackers. Federal authorities suspect Waleed M. Alshehri was one of the kamikaze pilots who hijacked American Airlines Flight 11. Another suspected hijacker, Ahmed Alghamdi, was aboard United Airlines Flight 175. Neighbors, noting as many as eight “Arab-looking” men living in the house at once, complained of loud, pistol-shooting parties with luxury cars parked out front and many other activities that should have alarmed authorities.
- WorldNetDaily first reported the failure of federal prosecutors to refile dropped charges against former nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee. Lee refused to help FBI agents recover classified computer tapes he stole from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. But instead of pursuing Lee, prosecutors begged his wife for clues to the missing tapes.
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