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Saturday, September 14, 2013
WND Pushes Unproven Threat of Terrorist Setting Forest Fires
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joe Kovacs uses a Sept. 11 WorldNetDaily article to raise "the question of arson as a form of major terrorism" in the wake of Western wildfires, but try as he might, he can't prove that terrorists have ever set a wildfire.

The subhead for Kovacs' article reads, "Ex-NSA official: Al-Qaida ignited California blazes." But that's extremely misleading to the point of being false. The only "ex-NSA official" Kovacs quotes is William Scott, and 1) his quotes are from last year, and 2) he offers no proof.

Kovacs quotes Scott claiming that “U.S. officials have pretty much determined that some of the fires that burned in California [in 2011] were ignited by al-Qaida operatives." At no point is it stated who these "U.S. officials" are or how they "determined" this.

Kovacs' article is shoddily written with the intent to fearmonger, not enlighten -- which seems to be WND's modus operandi.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:59 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, September 14, 2013 10:22 PM EDT

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