Monday, April 18, 2005


Bush Admin stops publishing Terrorism report

From Knight Ridder: Bush administration eliminating 19-year-old international terrorism report, By Jonathan S. Landay, Fri, Apr. 15, 2005
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.

...current and former officials charged that 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.

Rep. Waxman, D-Calif.: "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."

...statistics that the National Counterterrorism Center...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.
Previous reports: "Patterns of Global Terrorism"

Nic, how are you doing?
It looks like you are at least well enough to update you Blog.
Any ideas on when you are coming back to work?
Coffee is ready and waiting for you.
Ciao, Michele
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