remember last year when the bush administration cooked the books of its annual "patterns of global terrorism" report to make it look like instances of terrorism decreased in 2003 when, in fact, there was a dramatic increase? the administration even touted the original fraudulent report as evidence that it was winning the war on terrorism. (if this isn't ringing any bells, i wrote about it here)
well, it's report time again. so what does the government say happened in 2004? (cue sound of crickets)
as it turns out, 2004 was another high growth year for terrorism, so this year the bush administration decided to not issue a report at all. for the first time in 19 years the federal government won't tell us whether terrorism increased or decreased in the world. considering we're supposed to be in a global fight against terrorism, it's a rather curious decision to make.
i guess if you don't have anything nice to say, it's better to say nothing at all.
(hat tip: ACM)