Sunday, April 24, 2005

Rice Tries to Hide Report

In the news yesterday the state department decided not to release their annual report on terrorism, entitled "Patterns of Global Terrorism". The report has been released for twenty years in a row, but this year the data was extremely alarming to Rice and her staff. The date shows that terrorist attacks show that there were 483 more terrorist attacks in 2004 than 2003. The number spiked from 172 to 655 - more than tripling the number of attacks.
The problem is that this time the Republican government has no excuse for their failure. The report used the exact same methodology as it had in the past. In fact, according to a report on NPR, the report did not count many of the insurgent attacks that occurred in Iraq.
If this isn't hypocrisy, then I don't know what it is. Nobody from the state department has come forward to explain why the report is being withheld from the people.
The only conclusion one can arrive to from this report is that the War on Terrorism is failing, and failing badly. A large number of attacks occurred in places that have received little attention from the Bush Agenda. Pakistan, supposedly an ally to the US, is responsible for a large number of the attacks in the war-torn Kashmir region.
The scandal has gone hilariously unreported in right wing blogs such as littlegreenfootballs and powerline. These are blogs that update their sites upwards of five times a day. "There appears to be a pattern in the administration's approach to terrorism data: favorable facts are revealed while unfavorable facts are suppressed," was the response a leading house Democrat had to the news. I couldn't agree more.
I don't think I've ever seen a better example of why the War on Terrorism is such a sham. If anything, it has only made terrorism worse. When Saudi Arabia had local elections with only men allowed to vote for a limited number of candidates, Republicans claimed that their foreign policy was brilliant. But along comes some very bad news for the and suddenly a report that has been published for almost three decades is not suitable for the American public. I challenge anyone to give me one good reason why it would be against American interests for me and all Americans to access this report.


P.S. Anton won't post because he is lazy.


At Tuesday, April 26, 2005 8:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The evil ugly flower of terrorism is being choked out by the beautiful weed of freedom and democracy!

meh meh meh



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