A contractor that runs much of the Internet service functions for the U.S. Marine Corp and the U.S. Navy says it is a Navy operation that appears to be blocking access to WorldNetDaily, a leading news source on the Web.
Barbara Mendoza of EDS marketing strategy and communications said her company runs the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, servicing bases in those two military branches across the nation. But after checking, she says her system is not responsible for the trouble that has prompted a flood of military service member contacts with WND about why they are not able to access the site.
"The WND website is not blocked on the NMCI enterprise ISA policy nor by the NMCI DNS black hole," she said. "It appears the website is blocked by the Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC) government website," she said.
Efforts to resolve the problem have been going on since early in the week, when Marine officers in Quantico, Va., where the Internet services for both the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy are managed, told WND they are investigating the situation.
"I sent (the question) to the appropriate folks. They can research it," Capt. Teresa Ovalle told WND. "I don't know how long it will take." She could not be reached via e-mail or telephone for an update on the investigation yesterday.
Ovalle suggested there could be nothing more than a technical glitch involved and that unplanned blocking can happen through circumstances that do not involve the actual websites.
Mendoza said she uncovered a link that revealed the NCDOC computer was blocking a series of Web addresses that appeared to encompass the WND location, but that was outside of her jurisdiction.
"It looks like it's an NCDOC block list problem," she confirmed. A Web address contact for that location yesterday gave WND a security warning and an advisory against proceeding.
"The first time I was unable to access WND from NMCI was about 18 months ago," wrote one man, who wasn't identified by WND because of his position. "I was attempting to access using www.WorldNetDaily.com and was denied access. I then tried www.WND.com and was able to use that URL for about four months until it, too, was banned.
"When the WND.com URL was banned, I had good reason to believe that the WorldNetDaily.com had not been banned by accident. There was/is a deliberate attempt to ban WorldNetDaily," he wrote. "As would be expected, I was a little upset."
However, he wrote that as a contractor he was unable to do anything about it. "I … hope you are able to clear up this mess," he said.
WND founder Joseph Farah has said he doubts the block was the result of political activism, even though one cannot be certain until the investigation is complete.
"I don't want to make accusations or cast aspersions on anyone associated with the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marines, two great military institutions I revere," he said. "It's a very unfortunate situation. It has seriously hurt WND's ability to grow and compete. But as long as this situation is resolved quickly and doesn't occur again, I'm sure we at WND will simply be grateful the error was corrected. We are just looking forward to rebuilding our once substantial audience among sailors and Marines."
Another reader, whose name also was withheld by WND, told the news site he has spent time working for Electronic Data Systems, the principal contractor running NMCI for the Navy and Marine bases, and discovered he was unable to reach WND.