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Military launches investigation into ban on top independent online news source
Posted: February 28, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Bob Unruh
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
WorldNetDaily, the leading independent Internet news site, has been blocked from computers on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps bases across the country for an undetermined period of time, and an investigation has been launched into how – and why – that happened.
Members of the two military branches have peppered WND with questions about why their requests to read the latest U.S. and world news, as well as columnists such as Ann Coulter, Joseph Farah, Chuck Norris, Pat Boone, and Judge Roy Moore have been denied.
Information Systems Technician 1st Class Thomas Dull, left, Lt. Stella Nealy, center, and Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Eduardo Pallanes study a computer monitor at Naval Network and Space Operations Command in San Diego, Calif. The military is looking into why many Navy and Marine bases have completely blocked access to WND.com
Now, Marine officers in Quantico, Va., confirm they have begun looking into why the hundreds of thousands of members of those two branches of service are being denied the opportunity to read WND.
"I sent (the question) to the appropriate folks. They can research it," Capt. Teresa Ovalle told WND yesterday. "I don't know how long it will take."
WND's own server statistics show the news site has a huge following among members of the military. Statistics gathered over just a few days show that from computers with an address ending in ".mil," indicating a military source, there have been readers coming through almost 1,000 Internet service providers.
But it shows that nearly without exception those are from "army.mil" and "af.mil" sources, with a few from "pentagon.mil" and "centcom.mil." None have been from Navy or Marine locations.
One Marine at Camp Pendleton was among the many who had contacted WND recently. He said the military Internet service allows access to CNN, FoxNews, DrudgeReport, BBC, NPR, MSNBC "and all manner of off-beat news pages." But he confirmed that requests for WND were met with a response that the page was forbidden.
When WND contacted officers at Camp Pendleton, a media relations staff member confirmed that her attempts to call up the news site were "forbidden."
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