Saturday, April 16, 2005


Bush League Values: Hide the Truth

The truth may be out there - but W and his Bush League minions don't care to admit it:
Bush administration eliminating 19-year-old international terrorism report
By Jonathan S. Landay
Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON - The State Department decided to stop publishing an annual report on international terrorism after the government's top terrorism center concluded that there were more terrorist attacks in 2004 than in any year since 1985, the first year the publication covered.
But other current and former officials charged that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's office ordered "Patterns of Global Terrorism" eliminated several weeks ago because the 2004 statistics raised disturbing questions about the Bush's administration's frequent claims of progress in the war against terrorism.

"Instead of dealing with the facts and dealing with them in an intelligent fashion, they try to hide their facts from the American public," charged Larry C. Johnson, a former CIA analyst and State Department terrorism expert who first disclosed the decision to eliminate the report in The Counterterrorism Blog, an online journal.
Last June, the administration was forced to issue a revised version of the report for 2003 that showed a higher number of significant terrorist attacks and more than twice the number of fatalities than had been presented in the original report two months earlier.

The snafu was embarrassing for the White House, which had used the original version to bolster President Bush's election-campaign claim that the war in Iraq had advanced the fight against terrorism.
(Source: Knight-Ridder Washington Bureau, April 15, 2005 [Emphasis added])
Just before last year's presidential election, the report "accidentally" showed terrorist attacks were decreasing rather than increasing. This year, things looked even worse - so they decide not to produce it at all. Can you say "political cover-up?"

Remember the Ohio High School Principal Fired For Not Calling Police About Sexual Assault because she didn't want the news to get out? Now the Bush League is covering up terrorist attacks for the same reason. Is telling self-serving lies rather than admitting the truth one of those much-lauded Republican Values?


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