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Annual Terror Report Won’t Include Numbers

The State Department announced yesterday that it will no longer publish annual statistics for international terrorism, a year after it was forced to withdraw its study and correct its assertion that terrorist acts had declined in 2003 when in fact they were at their highest level in years. Critics said the decision would leave the public without an official assessment of progress in fighting terrorism, as the State Department tries to avoid a repeat of what then-Secretary Colin L. Powell called “a big mistake” in how the statistics on terrorist acts were compiled last year. The State Department said it will still send Congress the required annual report on terrorism — minus the numbers — but said a new government agency will separately publish the statistics. “The people of the United States will get all the facts. The world will get all the facts,” State Department spokesman Richard A. Boucher told reporters. He added that the new National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) has agreed to produce and publish the terrorism statistics but said he did not know when or in what form. Full Story

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