Here's a pop quiz: Which news agency first exposed the following
- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s "Know Your Customer" plan,
which would have forced banks to rat out their own customers anytime
there were unusual deposits or withdrawals. After the FDIC was flooded
with a record number of complaints, the U.S. Senate voted 88-0 to kill
- President Clinton's issuing of Executive Order 13083, which would
have rewritten the constitutional checks on the federal government's
power over states, cities and individuals. After it was exposed, local
and state officials pressured the president, for the first time, to
suspend the order.
- The congressional plan to institute a national ID plan to fight
illegal immigration. After the law was exposed, the same Congress that
passed it put a hold on implementation.
- The federal government's plan to require websites to comply with
provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act and, thus, make
information equally available to the blind and hearing impaired. This
one is still out there, though some involved in the proposal are
back-pedaling on implementation.
- The federal government's draconian plans -- including military
preparations -- for civil unrest over Y2K millennium bug problems. As a
result, the National Guard has scaled back exercises and the Army has
taken more precautions in maneuvers in urban areas.
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I could go on and on. But regular WorldNetDaily readers are already
getting the picture. These stories were broken one place -- right here
in the electronic pages of the No. 1 independent Internet news service
in the world.
What some of you may not know yet is the high cost of bringing you
such stories. No, I don't mean financial costs -- though those are high,
too. I mean the political cost -- the price extracted by a vindictive
government hell-bent on harassment, intimidation and coercion.
As far back as 1994, the Clinton administration had taken notice of
the intrepid investigative reporting work of the parent company of
WorldNetDaily -- the Western Journalism Center. It played a prominent
role in the White House counsel's office "vast right-wing conspiracy"
tale. A 331-page report known as the "Communication Stream of
Conspiracy Commerce" detailed how the center
was at the source of a "media food chain" unraveling various Clinton
Then, in 1996, the Internal Revenue Service coincidentally showed up
on our doorstep and announced its decision to challenge our tax-exempt
status because we had dared to criticize the president of the United
States in, gasp, an election year.
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The center took this as an opportunity to expose yet another major
Clinton administration scandal -- the political abuse of the IRS. Heads
rolled, including that of IRS Commissioner Margaret Milner Richardson.
Congressional hearings were held. Pundits fumed. But, as so often is the
case with the Clinton administration, another scandal came along and
sent this one to the back pages.
In 1997, the center, with the help of Larry Klayman's Judicial Watch,
filed a $10 million lawsuit against some of the principals. Earlier this
year, a politicized federal judge threw the case out. That decision is
under appeal. And we have now filed another suit under the Freedom of
Information Act to get the documents we believe will prove our charges
of political harassment and violation of our First Amendment rights.
There are so many freedom fronts to fight on, these days, it can make
your head spin. But if you recognize how critical it is that the
American people have information they can use to make intelligent
decisions, maybe this is the one for you.
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something concrete and tangible any American can do to carry on the
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