Though I spend most of my time writing books, I still find time to uncover the occasional scoop. Below are my Top 4 Scoops of 2013:
#4. SCOOPED: ABC News Reporter Four Months Late to the ‘Party’ — On Nov 15, I revealed how ABC News’ Brian Ross had finally caught up with me in reporting about the U.S. Government’s reckless approach to business and warfare.
#3. ‘Show-Me Jihad’ Murder Suspect Committed to Mental Institution — On Aug. 15, I was the first media outlet — and, perhaps, the only one — to report that Mohamed H. Dawod (a.k.a., the “Show-Me Jihad” murder suspect who allegedly shot and killed a fellow traveler at a Springfield, Mo., bus station less than 48 hours before the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.) had been committed to a mental institution.
#2. Colorado Firm Disavows Work on Behalf of Plaintiff in $19 Billion ‘Shakedown’ Lawsuit in Ecuador — On April 12, I shared news about Stratus Consulting’s decision to disavow the work they had done on behalf of the plaintiff in a “shakedown” lawsuit in Ecuador that could have cost Chevron Oil Company billions. Notably, this scoop came 27 months after I published an exclusive story about the firm’s role in the lawsuit and, in so doing, scooped The New York Times by 100 days.
#1. USDA Tells Magician to Write Disaster Plan for His Rabbit — On June 28, I broke the story about Marty Hahne (a.k.a., “Marty the Magician”) being told by officials at the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that he had to write a disaster plan for the three-pound rabbit he uses in his magic act. Needless to say, it didn’t take long for the story to go viral. It wasn’t long before a lot of people — John Stossel and Rush Limbaugh among them — helped this hare-raising story go viral.
If you enjoyed these stories and others I shared during 2013, you’ll love reading my books. Be sure to add Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO to your libraries today! Both are available in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon.com.