Who tampered with the White House Abacus?

The Corner, April 2004:

“There were 190 acts of international terrorism in 2003, a slight decrease from the 198 attacks that occurred in 2002, and a drop of 45 percent from the level in 2001 of 346 attacks. The figure in 2003 represents the lowest annual total of international terrorist attacks since 1969…” Much more in this State Dept. report.

InstaPundit, April 2004:

HEY, MAYBE IT’S WORKING! Both CNN and the BBC report that terror attacks are at their lowest level in 30 years.

Reuters, yesterday:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department said on Thursday its report
that the number of international “terrorist” attacks fell last year was
wrong and in fact had risen sharply.

The Department also said the number of resulting deaths was expected to be
higher for 2003 than the 307 initially reported, but officials said it may
not exceed 2002’s 725 fatalities. […]

State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said both totals were
understated because of errors in compiling the data by the Terrorist Threat
Integration Center. The interagency group was set up last year to address
the failure of U.S. intelligence agencies to prevent the Sept. 11, 2001

Boucher initially said preliminary indications were that the correct data
would show “a sharp increase over the previous year” in both incidents and
deaths, but he later said he was not sure if the number of deaths would
exceed 2002’s level.
[Emphasis added]

Nice to see that, yet again, this administration has its shit together.

Thanks to Blair for the Reuters link.


Comments: 2


Yet more conclusive proof that we need more torture!

Torture beats terror everytime!


instapundit has no comment at this time about the revised report, but he does have some lovely beachhouse snapshots.


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