posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 11:05 AM
What do you do when you want to maintain the illusion that invading Iraq made the world a "safer"
place -- as you endlessly have your lackeys
repeat to a timid and compliant media -- but the reality is that the incidence of terrorism has gone through the roof? Why, you simply do away with
the government's annual Patterns of Global Terrorism report, of course! That way, you won't:
1. have to admit that you were dead wrong about everything, and
2. suffer the humiliation of getting caught publishing LIES, like you did last year.
It's like getting two birds stoned at once!
Bush Administration Eliminating 19-year-old International Terrorism Report
By Jonathan S. Landay
Knight Ridder Newspapers
Friday 15 April 2005
Washington - The State Department decided to stop publishing an annual report on international terrorism after the government's top terrorism
center concluded that there were more terrorist attacks in 2004 than in any year since 1985, the first year the publication covered.
Several US officials defended the abrupt decision, saying the methodology the National Counterterrorism Center used to generate statistics for the
report may have been faulty, such as the inclusion of incidents that may not have been terrorism.
Last year, the number of incidents in 2003 was undercounted, forcing a revision of the report, "Patterns of Global Terrorism."
But other current and former officials charged that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's office ordered "Patterns of Global Terrorism"
eliminated several weeks ago because the 2004 statistics raised disturbing questions about the Bush's administration's frequent claims of progress
in the war against terrorism.
"Instead of dealing with the facts and dealing with them in an intelligent fashion, they try to hide their facts from the American public,"
charged Larry C. Johnson, a former CIA analyst and State Department terrorism expert who first disclosed the decision to eliminate the report in The
Counterterrorism Blog, an online journal.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who was among the leading critics of last year's mix-up, reacted angrily to the decision.
"This is the definitive report on the incidence of terrorism around the world. It should be unthinkable that there would be an effort to withhold
it - or any of the key data - from the public. The Bush administration should stop playing politics with this critical report."
A senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, confirmed that the publication was
being eliminated, but said the allegation that it was being done for political reasons was "categorically untrue."
According to Johnson and US intelligence officials familiar with the issue, statistics that the National Counterterrorism Center provided to the
State Department reported 625 "significant" terrorist attacks in 2004.
That compared with 175 such incidents in 2003, the highest number in two decades.
The statistics didn't include attacks on American troops in Iraq, which President Bush as recently as Tuesday called "a central front in the war
The intelligence officials requested anonymity because the information is classified and because, they said, they feared White House retribution.
Johnson declined to say how he obtained the figures.
Another US official, who also requested anonymity, said analysts from the counterterrorism center were especially careful in amassing and
reviewing the data because of the political turmoil created by last year's errors.
Last June, the administration was forced to issue a revised version of the report for 2003 that showed a higher number of significant terrorist
attacks and more than twice the number of fatalities than had been presented in the original report two months earlier.
Faulty Terror Report Card
By Alan B. Krueger and David Laitin
Monday, May 17, 2004; Page A21
Are we winning the war on terrorism?
Although keeping score is difficult, the State Department's annual report on international terrorism, released last month, provides the best
government data to answer this question. The short answer is "No," but that's not the spin the administration is putting on it.
"You will find in these pages clear evidence that we are prevailing in the fight," said Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. As evidence, the
"Patterns of Global Terrorism" report says that worldwide terrorism dropped by 45 percent between 2001 and 2003. The report even boasts that the
number of terrorist acts committed last year "represents the lowest annual total of international terrorist attacks since 1969."
Yet, a careful review of the report and underlying data supports the opposite conclusion: The number of significant terrorist acts increased from 124
in 2001 to 169 in 2003 -- 36 percent -- even using the State Department's official standards. The data that the report highlights are ill-defined and
subject to manipulation -- and give disproportionate weight to the least important terrorist acts. The only verifiable information in the annual
reports indicates that the number of terrorist events has risen each year since 2001, and in 2003 reached its highest level in more than 20
"winning the War on Terrorism", "Fighting them There so We don't have to fight Them HERE", "We've got Them on the RUN", " I voted for Bush
because he'll keep us SAFE"
Add your own catch phrase, it's FUN! In a perverse-yes-we-know-we-are-fooked-but-there-is-no-savior-in-sight kind of way.