I quoted the Washington Post earlier this week — specifically noting a comment by former senior State Department counterterrorism official Larry Johnson:
"They are deliberately trying to withhold data because it shows that as far as the war on terrorism internationally, we're losing."
Larry Johnson, on his blog, April 14:
It is tough to argue we are winning the war on terrorism when the numbers in the official Government report will show the largest number of incidents ever recorded since the State Department started reporting on terrorist incidents. In the Secretary's defense, however, the sharp jump in numbers has more to do with a change in methodololgy of counting rather that an actual surge in Islamic extremist activity. In fact, if you take time to parse the numbers, the actual scope of terrorism by Islamic extremists in 2004 appeared to decline relative to the attacks during 2003 (except for Iraq).
I'd like to thank the Washington Post for not quoting that comment of Johnson, and burying the line, "administration aides sought to explain the rise in attacks as the result of more inclusive methodology in counting incidents, which they argued made year-to-year comparisons 'increasingly problematic,' sources said" wayyyyy down in the ninth paragraph, of a story headlined, "U.S. Figures Show Sharp Global Rise In Terrorism."
Can't let those inconvenient facts get in the way of the "we're losing the war on terror" storyline.