Terrorism report, take two


Geraldine Sealey
June 10, 2004 7:14PM (UTC)

From today's Washington Post:

"Two months ago, the Bush administration released its annual report card on counterterrorism and gave itself an A. The number of terrorist attacks around the globe, according to the State Department report called 'Patterns of Global Terrorism,' was at the lowest ebb in the past 34 years."

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" ... Not long afterward, however, the report was pilloried by academics, a lawmaker and others. They said its math defied the reality of a steady growth in the number and significance of terrorist attacks in 2003, as well as the worst type of attacks spreading from just a few countries to at least 10 ... Yesterday, after reviewing the matter more carefully, the department formally conceded it made a few mistakes."

Writing honest reports seems to be a problem at the State Department this year given the United States' global track record. Last month, the department had to delay publishing a report on human rights abuses after the Abu Ghraib torture scandal broke.


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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