Friday, April 15, 2005

Patterns of Global Terrorism Report, US State Department

     Cancelled due to bad results?

     This is an annual report.  The 2004 report (on 2003), it should be remembered, got into the press this way

WASHINGTON — The State Department is scrambling to revise its annual report on global terrorism to acknowledge that it understated the number of deadly attacks in 2003, amid charges that the document is inaccurate and was politically manipulated by the Bush administration.

… On Tuesday, State Department officials said they underreported the number of terrorist attacks in the tally for 2003, and added that they expected to release an updated version soon.

Several U.S. officials and terrorism experts familiar with that revision effort said the new report will show that the number of significant terrorist incidents increased last year, perhaps to its highest level in 20 years.

     It turned out it was the highest level, and 2004 report showed "more terrorist attacks in 2004 than in any year since 1985, the first year the publication covered."

     The report has now been cancelled.  I'm deciding whether or not they did it because terrorism is "turning a corner" (and hence will be over in a moment) or because they simply no longer consider it a problem.  The idea that it was cancelled because it was bad news is strictly the position of crackpots and criminals.

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