State department's number mix-up becoming typical

Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2004

The U.S. State Department put out a report a couple of months ago ... that the number of terrorist incidents has dropped steadily from 2001 through 2003, reaching a 34-year low.

Recently, however, Secretary of State Colin Powell has admitted that the report was wrong.

The State Department left entire countries out of its count; it gave special weight to terrorist acts that resulted in no deaths, injuries or major property damage, and it discontinued its 2003 count two months before the end of year.

Normally, in situations like this, somebody calls for an investigation into how the foul-up happened.

However, given the quality of the Bush administration's other information-gathering and analytical exercises lately, maybe there's no point.

Dayton (Ohio) Daily News

June 17

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