Jonathan Landay of Knight-Ridder describes the administration’s new method of fighting terrorism.
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.
Several U.S. officials defended the decision, saying the
methodology used by the National Counterterrorism Center to generate
statistics had flaws, such as the inclusion of incidents that may not
have been terrorism.
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
In other news, President Bush announced that the OMB would no longer be issuing an annual budget. Several US officials defended the decision saying the methodology the OMB used to calculate deficits was flawed.