- On Sept. 29, WorldNetDaily exclusively reported an emerging al-Qaida threat on the high seas – a 15-ship “navy” of cargo vessels, registered in Yemen and Somalia, capable of carrying cargoes of lethal chemicals, a “dirty bomb” or even a nuclear weapon. Additionally, WND has led the field reporting on al-Qaida’s training of scuba divers for undersea terror assaults and the growing danger to international shipping from “pirate,” or jihadi, attacks – a threat that became reality with the first attack on a cruise ship in November 2005.
- WorldNetDaily was the first national news organization to bring substantive attention to the hunger strike of Michigan’s Rose Lear, 52, a member of the “tax honesty” movement who went without food, save for Holy Communion, for 29 days in hopes of getting any federal elected official to address several of the claims made by those who believe the income tax is unconstitutional.
- As part of WND’s coverage of the devolution of higher education, the website broke a story about the University of Victoria in British Columbia sponsoring a Bondage 101 class to teach students how to use ropes safely in a sexual context.
- In June, WorldNetDaily broke the stunning news of Egyptian chariot wheels found in the Red Sea, and photographs to document it, breathing new life into Old Testament Scripture.
- In August, WND exclusively reported on the Ark of the Covenant, as a quest started for the legendary chest below the purported site where Jesus Christ was crucified.
- WorldNetDaily broke the story of a young woman in need of a double lung transplant saying she had been betrayed by Duke University Medical Center after doctors had her move near the college to prepare her for a transplant, only to tell her “out of the blue” she wouldn’t be getting new organs and she should go back home. Two months later, WND also broke the story that the woman was finally breathing on her own with a new set of lungs courtesy of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- ENEMY WANTED: In the moments before America was attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, Ben Cohen, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream kingdom, was begging for a real enemy of the U.S. to show up, and WND was the first news agency to expose his plea.
- The No. 1 inspiration for Palestinian suicide bombers – namely, the heart-wrenching videotaped shooting by Israeli soldiers of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy named Mohammed al-Dura – was a fraud, reported WND Managing Editor David Kupelian, in this in-depth exposé. Citing in particular an exhaustive investigation by a French news organization, Kupelian showed how the al-Dura affair was actually a piece of Palestinian street theater – created for the media – similar to the dramatic Palestinian funeral processions that were observed after the Israeli incursion into the Jenin refugee camp. During that public spectacle, a martyred “corpse” twice fell off the stretcher, only to hop back up and retake his place in the procession.
- WND was first to reveal how Western-made terrorists motivated by Marxist, anarchist and neo-Nazi ideology were forming new alliances with, and being financed by, al-Qaida and other jihadist groups.
- Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi provided al-Qaida with chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction before having a change of heart and agreeing to destroy his arms program, WND first reported Dec. 28. Libyan intelligence provided U.S. and UK spy agencies with information on tens of thousands of weapons produced at 10 secret sites in the country. Gadhafi was welcomed back onto the world stage following his dramatic turnaround with the understanding his help to Osama bin Laden would never officially be mentioned.
- Terrorists use the illicit drug trade, interstate cigarette dealing and charities as principal sources of money-raising in the U.S., but as WorldNetDaily reported, the USA Patriot Act hasn’t made it any easier for U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies to root out terrorist money in U.S. banks. A report by the General Accounting Office, the chief investigative arm of Congress, found money-laundering laws dating to 1986 – and strengthened in the Patriot Act – are being poorly implemented. According to the GAO, turf battles among key agencies, a lack of leadership, the absence of clear guidelines and a failure to identify top priorities are weakening the government’s crackdown on terrorist financing.
- Experienced anti-terror experts have told WND the Mexican border is the Achilles heel of the Department of Homeland Security. And as WND revealed, there is growing evidence the Mexican border continues to be used as a covert entry point for the smuggling of Arabs into the country. Convicted Arab terrorists involved in the bombing of the World Trade Center and other acts of sabotage are also taking advantage of previous amnesty programs to establish residency in the U.S. to plot attacks on American targets.
- WND was first to report, how a major influx of Arabic-speaking “Europeans” into the Latin American nation of Paraguay, considered the most corrupt country in South America, was causing concern among international law-enforcement authorities. Many of the visitors and emigres travel to the triple border region where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet and use the area as a base of operations.
- Is the war in Iraq a quagmire? Has Washington miscalculated the costs of liberating Iraq? Does America have the stomach for a protracted conflict? Has the U.S. become engulfed in an “Iraqifada”? WorldNetDaily was first to reveal how some intelligence experts and security analysts were linking the emerging guerrilla war in Iraq with Israel’s protracted battle with Palestinian terrorists in recent years. Those sources told WND, America is indeed repeating some of the mistakes of the past – believing it can win the hearts and minds of Iraqis by improving their quality of life and public services.
- After U.S.-led coalition forces estimated the number of terrorists operating in Iraq at 5,000, military analysts told WorldNetDaily in November, that if the estimate proved correct, the U.S. would need 100,000 troops in active combat duty to capture or destroy forces of the “Iraqifada.” Guerrilla warfare experts also told WND conventional forces need a minimum of a 20-to-1 manpower advantage. Among those 20 individuals required to counter one guerrilla are soldiers involved in all levels of activity from field support and logistics to actual operations.
- Narco-terrorism costs more lives and more money than the Islamo-terror sponsored by people like Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, Western intelligence and law-enforcement told WND in a report July 23. Illicit drugs also provide the money for those terrorists and increasingly rogue regimes like North Korea hell-bent on developing and using weapons of mass destruction.
- Did environmentalism bring down the space shuttle Columbia? As WND revealed the day after the disaster, NASA probed extensive thermal tile damage on the shuttle as a result of the shedding of external tank insulation on launch six years prior to the shuttle’s disintegration. According to a NASA report obtained by WorldNetDaily, the problems followed changes in the methods of “foaming” the external tank – changes mandated by concerns about being “environmentally friendly.”
- In January, WorldNetDaily revealed how U.S. law-enforcement authorities have acknowledged the existence of a large identity theft and fraud network that could have links to terrorism. Identity theft – the fastest-growing crime in the United States – is already being used by international terrorists as a vehicle for raising money and laundering it, but law-enforcement officials fear the situation could worsen to crisis proportions as the crime becomes increasingly widespread.
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