U.S. Amends Report to Show Rise in Terror
WASHINGTON - Correcting an inaccurate report, the State Department announced Tuesday that acts of terror worldwide increased slightly last year and the number of people wounded rose dramatically.
The department also reported a decline in the number of people killed - to 625 from 725 during 2002. But in April, the department reported 307 people had been killed last year - a much bigger decline.
The findings had been used by senior Bush administration officials to bolster President Bush's claim of success in countering terrorism.
Responding to the corrected version, Phil Singer, spokesman for Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign, said it was "just the latest example of an administation playing fast and loose with the truth when it comes to the war on terror." The administration "has now been caught trying to inflate its success on terrorism," he said. ...