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White House owns up to errors in terror report

The Bush administration yesterday admitted it had got its facts, figures and analysis wrong in its annual report on counter-terrorism, which had been hailed as evidence of a policy triumph based on claims that the number of terrorist attacks worldwide had declined in 2003. Retracting the “Patterns of Global Terrorism” report released in late April, Richard Boucher, State Department spokesman, said a revised version would show the opposite – “a sharp increase” in both the number of attacks and deaths over 2002. The report was compiled by the State Department, based on data supplied by the CIA, the FBI, and the departments of defence and homeland security. Mr Boucher told a news conference that data were incomplete and incorrect, wrong classifications and definitions were used, and the department had failed to make thorough checks or verify the conclusions.Full Story

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