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Terror attacks increased in 2003

It seems that the previous report was a little FAKE

http://edition.cnn.com/2004/US/06/10/powell.terror.report.ap/
WASHINGTON (AP)—The State Department acknowledged Thursday it was wrong in reporting terrorism declined worldwide last year, a finding used to boost one of President Bush’s chief foreign policy claims—success in countering terror.

Instead, both the number of incidents and the toll in victims increased sharply, the department said.

Statements by senior administration officials claiming success were based “on the facts as we had them at the time. The facts that we had were wrong,” department spokesman Richard Boucher said.

The April report said attacks had declined last year to 190, the lowest level in 34 years, and dropped 45 percent since 2001, Bush’s first year as president. The department is now working to determine the correct figures.

Rep. Henry A. Waxman, who had challenged the findings, said he was pleased that officials “have now recognized that they have a report that has been inaccurate, and based on the inaccurate information they tried to take self-serving political credit for the results that were wrong.”

Among the mistakes, Boucher said, was that only part of 2003 was taken into account.


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