No news is good news ...


Long term readers of Freedom may remember that last year we reported how the US State Department issued and then corrected a report on acts of terror worldwide. The initial report was inaccurate, stating that such acts and numbers killed had declined significantly during 2003. Needless to say, it was seized upon by the Bush Junta and their sycophants to show that Bush was winning his "war on terror."

The revised version showed that, in reality, there had been an increase in acts of terror during that year. Needless to say, no conclusions about Bush's competence were to be drawn from the accurate report. A spokesperson stated that the initial report was based "on the facts as we had them at the time. The facts that we had were wrong." That does seem to happen a lot these days...

Significantly, both versions of the report did not count any of the hundreds of attacks on US troops in Iraq. Which was strange, as these attacks are regularly described by the Bush Junta as terrorist. Does that mean these acts are considered as standard military operations between two warring parties?

But such concerns need not bother us any more. A year later and the new State Department has decided not to publish its report. Could this have something to do with the claim of one former State Department terrorism expert that the report showed that there were 625 "significant" attacks, making 2004 the worst year for terrorist attacks than in any year since 1985, the first year the publication covered?

 


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