Saturday, June 12, 2004

If it walks, talks and yacks like a Stooge...

The Quality of Quislings

These are not America's puppets. This is a terrific list and really good government, and we're very pleased with the names that emerged.

-- Condoleeza Rice, National Security Advisor

The selection of Ghazi al-Yawer as the president of "sovereign" Iraq has been spun by the mainstream media as a victory for the more independent-minded members of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council over the Coalition Provisional Authority (i.e., U.S. occupation regime) headed by Paul Bremer III, as well as Lakhdar Brahimi, special adviser to UN General-Secretary Kofi Annan. The latter two are said to have strongly favored octogenarian Adnan Pachachi (whose father, uncle, and father-in-law were all Iraqi premiers) for the largely ceremonial post. Sunni nationalist, former foreign minister (in the 1960s), long-time resident of the United Arab Emirates and London, adviser to of Jordan's King Abdullah, leader of the Iraqi Independent Democrats Movement, fluent English-speaker, frequent traveler to America and reliably pro-U.S., Pachachi seemed to enjoy greater popularity than al-Yawer and for that reason might provide the new (puppet) government greater legitimacy.

Bremer is depicted as lecturing the IGC on the superiority of his candidate, the one also favored by Brahimi (whose daughter, by the way, is engaged to marry a son of King Abdullah), and delaying the vote by a day to get his way. However, the story goes, the IGC showed surprising independence (during negotiations described as "bitter," "frantic," and "grueling"), insisting on al-Yawer, whom the Americans only reluctantly accepted to fill the job, after Pachachi, offered it, declined citing "elements in the Iraqi political class who were against me." (Subsequently, Pachachi has blamed his rival and long-time CIA operative Ahmad Chalabi---now on the outs with the Bush administration and accused of serving as an Iranian spy---for sabotaging his candidacy through a "shabby conspiracy" to depict him as "a puppet of the U.S."

President Bush states simply that Brahimi, as assigned, made the selection. "I had no role in picking, zero," he said June 1. "It was Mr. Brahimi's selections." But Brahimi for his part asserts, "Bremer is the dictator of Iraq. He has the money. He has the signature. Nothing happens without his agreement in this country" CNN on the other hand, cites an Iraqi-American businessman, who says that since the Governing Council selected al-Yawar instead of Pachachi "I don't think it's really a puppet government." That lets the U.S. off the hook and allows CNN to declare confidently: "The bottom line: Iraqis politicians took control of this process."

Then there's the (more important) prime minister's position. Brahimi initially wanted Hassain al-Shahristani, a devout Shiite close to Imam Ali al-Sistani (whose support could be crucial to U.S. plans) and nuclear scientist imprisoned under Saddam Hussein. He fit the bill specified by Washington: "a Shia Muslim who was not too close to any faction or party, but also not so much of a technocrat that he had no political standing." But initial reports in Washington that he had been chosen for the post were contradicted by Brahimi after al-Shahristani allegedly turned down the offer. Reportedly his Persian surname was an issue. Instead (again) the Governing Council had its way and chose, with enthusiasm, Dr. Ayad Allawi, a British-educated neurosurgeon, secular Shiite, and leader of the Iraqi National Accord, again showing its independence from the U.S. (But asked about the selection, Brahimi states diplomatically, "The Americans were governing this country, so their view was certainly taken into consideration. Whether Dr Allawi was their choice, whether they manoeuvered to get him, you know, in position--- that, I think, you better ask them.") The Guardian reports he "was taken off guard" by the selection that Bush, as noted above, attributes to him.

Okay, anyway, so who are these Iraqi-chosen independent helmsmen of sovereign Iraq? Ghazi al-Yawer, civil engineer, nephew to the chieftain of the powerful Shammar tribe and descendent of Iraqi parliamentarians, studied at Georgetown University in the United States and then in Saudi Arabia, where he lived in exile for two decades. He was (is?) vice-president of Hicap Technology, a telecommunications and perimeter security systems company in Riyadh. With flowing gown and Arab headdress, he may strike a more sympathetic chord among Iraqi nationalists than Allawi, who prefers western suits. He has been depicted repeatedly as "a critic of the occupation," and indeed criticized the first draft of the Anglo-American UN resolution supporting the establishment of an interim regime in Iraq. The plan, he declared "falls short" in failing to restore full sovereignty to Iraq, and by allowing only limited control over U.S. troops in the country. He has condemned U.S. tactics in Fallujah and stated that the U.S. is responsible for the deplorable security situation in the country. "We blame the United States 100 percent for the security in Iraq. They occupied the country, disbanded the security agencies and for 10 months left Iraq's borders open for anyone to come in without a visa or even a passport." But he has also stated "We should remember our friends who fell during the battle to liberate Iraq" and expressed opposition to attacks on U.S. and other foreign troops. Since his position is largely ceremonial, his criticism of the opposition may actually serve the latter's interests, by providing a show of harmless dissent abetting the global projection of a Free Iraq.

Al-Yawer is participating in the Group of Eight meeting in Georgia. Egypt, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia were also invited but declined to attend, considering the invitations demeaning. This is because they came in connection with the "Greater Middle East Initiative" (supposedly for "democracy") that Bush has been peddling since the fall of 2002, and which plainly represents interference in sovereign states' affairs. Al-Yawer's presence shows his willingness to join such reliables as Jordan, Tunisia and Bahrain in contributing legitimacy to the trumpeted "democratic" Initiative, which is really, of course, a neocon-initiated "regime change" project. "We're pulling for him," said Bush in Georgia. "I'm going to thank him for having the courage to stand up and lead and tell him that America will help him." In turn, al-Yawer says, "We are working together. These people are in our country to help us." Almost sounds like a cozy relationship.

What of Ayad Allawi, the more important figure? He is even more Washington's stooge, by common report a longtime MI-6 and CIA operative. A Baath Party member from his teens, he studied in Britain in the 1960s, when, according to a classmate quoted by al-Jazeera, he "spent his time dealing with assassins, doing the dirty work for the Iraqi government, until his time was up and he became their target." He became a "close aide" to Saddam Hussein, but had a falling out with the Iraqi leader by the 1970s, after which he went into exile in Britain and made his services available to MI-6. There, in 1978, he narrowly escaped death in an assassination attempt. He forged a relationship with the CIA; according to Samuel R. Berger, national security adviser in the Clinton administration, "Unlike [Ahmad] Chalabi, he was someone who was trusted by the regional governments. He was less flamboyant, less promotional."

The CIA and MI-6 backed Allawi's organization, the Iraqi National Accord.

The Washington Post (June 8) cites "several former intelligence officials" as stating that that organization "intent on deposing Saddam Husseinsent agents into Baghdad in the early 1990's to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities under the direction of the C.I.A."

Former CIA officer Robert Baer recalls that a bombing during that period "blew up a school bus; schoolchildren were killed." In the mid-1990s, Baghdad claimed that terrorists had exploded a bomb in a movie theater, producing many civilian casualties; CIA officials state that Allawi's group was the only such organization engaging in bombings and sabotage at that time. It almost sounds as if the new Prime Minister has a background in terrorism.

In 2002, Allawi's Iraqi National Accord received attention when it passed on to the British government a report that Saddam's regime could fire germ warfare missiles as far as Cyprus within 45 minutes of giving the order. Published in a dossier in September 2002, the report helped prepare British public opinion for the Iraq war. In January 2004 a New York spokesman for Allawi acknowledged this was in fact "a crock of shit." Almost sounds like the new Prime Minister is a bald-faced liar. And then there's the story about that supposed top-secret, hand-written memo by Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, the former head of the Iraqi Intelligence Service revealed to the world last December. I have referred to it as "the neocons' dream memo" since it implausibly describes a three-day "work programme" undertaken by none other than Chief 9-11 Hijacker Mohammed Atta at a Baghdad base of Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal in 1991, and refers to a "Niger shipment" of some unspecified material arriving in Iraq via Libya and Syria.

Who confirmed the authenticity of the memo, released through the Iraqi Governing Council? Why, none other than Dr. Allawi! And since each element of the putative al-Tikriti memo had been already debunked by U.S. intelligence, and only kept afloat by the most duplicitous of the neocons, it almost sounds like the Prime Minister is an especially shameless bald-faced liar and abject puppet of his imperialist sponsors. (Interesting, too, that it first appeared in The Daily Telegraph, owned by Conrad Black, and part of the Hollinger Group on whose board of directors sits Richard Perle, Black buddy and leading warmongering neocon.)

In his speech to the nation following his appointment, Allawi thanked the occupation "led by the Americans who have sacrificed so much to liberate us." (Other new government officials have avoided such effusive language, knowing how it grates on the sensibilities of average Iraqis.) He declared that the nation will need further help "in defeating the enemies of Iraq." I must doubt that this gentleman is in any way less useful to the ongoing imperialist project in Iraq than Mr. al-Shahristani might have been had he been appointed to the post, or that al-Yawer is appreciably less useful than Pachachi might have been. While their compatriots accused of complicity in "insurgency" against an illegal invading force are paraded naked, smeared with excrement, piled into naked pyramids, raped and murdered, these gentlemen are generously accorded the veneer of dignity. Such dignity is necessary to confer some credibility, and thus compensate for the credibility gap unexpectedly produced by the unfortunate exposure of the occupiers' true face. So Allawi and al-Yawer, the face of Iraqi sovereignty, no puppets, mind you, but men (in Bush's words) "with the courage to stand up and lead" with America's courageous help.

Canada Involved in Transfer of Nuclear Materials to France by USA

7 June 2004


[Federal Register: June 7, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 109)]
[Page 31818]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



Office of Nonproliferation Policy; Proposed Subsequent

AGENCY: Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice of subsequent arrangement.


SUMMARY: This notice has been issued under the authority of section 131
of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2160). The
Department is providing notice of a proposed ``subsequent arrangement''
under the Agreement for Cooperation Concerning Civil Uses of Atomic
Energy between the United States and Canada and Agreement for
Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy between the United
States and the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM).
This subsequent arrangement concerns the retransfer of 813,600 kg
of U.S.-origin natural uranium hexafluoride, 550,000 kg of which is
uranium, from Cameco Corporation, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, to
Eurodif Production (Eurodif), Pierrelatte France. The material, which
is now located at Cameco Corp., Port Hope, Ontario, will be transferred
to Eurodif for enrichment. Upon completion of the enrichment, the
material will be used at Electricite de France as reactor fuel. Cameco
Corp. originally obtained the uranium hexafluoride under the UF6 Feed
Component Implementation Contract.
In accordance with section 131 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as
amended, we have determined that this subsequent arrangement is not
inimical to the common defense and security.
This subsequent arrangement will take effect no sooner than fifteen
days after the date of publication of this notice.

For the Department of Energy.
Kurt Siemon,
Acting Director, Office of Nonproliferation Policy.
[FR Doc. 04-12764 Filed 6-4-04; 8:45 am]


Australian Warrior of Conscience Charged -- Details

10 June 2004


Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2004 13:00:42 -0400
From: DoD News
Subject: Guantanamo Detainee Charged

NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense

No. 564-04
Jun 10, 2004
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Guantanamo Detainee Charged

The Department of Defense announced today that three charges were approved against Guantanamo detainee David Hicks of Australia who will be tried by military commission. The charges include: conspiracy to commit war crimes; attempted murder by an unprivileged belligerent and aiding the enemy. Hicks is the third Guantanamo detainee charged.

Hicks is alleged to have attended a number of al Qaida terrorist training courses at various camps in Afghanistan, including an advanced course on surveillance, in which he conducted surveillance of the U.S. and British embassies in Kabul, Afghanistan. It is also alleged that after viewing TV news coverage in Pakistan of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks against the United States, he returned to Afghanistan to rejoin his al Qaida associates to fight against U.S., British, Canadian, Australian, Afghan, and other coalititon forces. It is alleged Hicks armed himself with an AK-47 automatic rifle, ammunition, and grenades to fight against coalition forces.

Hicks is presumed innocent of any criminal charges unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at a military commission. A trial date and commission panel members will be selected at a later time.

Military commission procedures provide for a full and fair trial to include: the presumption of innocence; a requirement for proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt; representation by a military defense counsel free of charge with the option to retain a civilian defense counsel at no expense to the U.S. government; an opportunity to present evidence and call witnesses; a prohibition against drawing an adverse inference if an accused chooses not to testify; and an appeal to a review panel. Military commissions have historically been used to try violations of the law of armed conflict and related offenses.

Additionally, based on the specific facts and circumstances of Hicks’ case: if convicted, the prosecution will not seek the death penalty; the security and intelligence circumstances of Hicks’ case are such that it would not warrant monitoring of conversations between him and his counsel; Hicks has access to an Australian lawyer with appropriate security clearance as a foreign attorney consultant; subject to any necessary security restrictions, two appropriately cleared family members of Hicks will be able to attend the trial, as well as representatives of the Australian government; if Hicks is convicted, the Australian government, as well as the defense team, may make submissions to the review panel on appeal; and the U.S. and Australian government will continue to work towards putting arrangements in place to transfer Hicks, if convicted, to Australia to serve any penal sentence in accordance with Australian and U.S. law.

Specifics of Hicks’ charges [below].

Information on the other detainees charged is available at:



[5 pages.]

a/k/a Abu Muslim al Austraili
a/k/a Muhammed Dawood

David Matthew Hicks (a/k/a Abu Muslim al Austraili, a/k/a Muhammed Dawood) is a person subject to trial by Military Commission. At all times material to the charges:


1. Jurisdiction for this Military Commission is based on the President's determination of July 3, 2003 that David Matthew Hicks (a/k/a Abu Muslim al Austraili, a/k/a Muhammed Dawood, hereinafter "Hicks") is subject to his Military Order of November 13, 2001.

2. Hicks' charged conduct is triable by a military commission.


3. Hicks was born on August 7, 1975 in Adelaide, Australia.

4. On or about May 1999, Hicks traveled to Tirana, Albania and joined the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), a paramilitary organization fighting on behalf of Albanian Muslims. Hicks completed basic military training at a KLA camp and engaged in hostile action before returning to Australia.

5. While in Australia. Hicks converted from Christianity to Islam. On or about November 1999, he traveled to Pakistan where, in early 2000, he joined a terrorist organization known as Lashkar e Tayyiba (LET). or "Army of the Righteous."

a. LET is the armed wing of Markaz Dawa al Irshad (a/k/a Markaz Jamat al Dawa), a group formed by Hafiz Mohammed Saeed and others.
b. LET's known goals include violent attacks against property and nationals (both military and civilian) of India and other countries in order to seize control of Indian-held Kashmir and violent opposition of Hindus, Jews, Americans, and other Westerners.

c. Starting around 1990, LET established training camps and guest houses, schools, and other operations primarily in Pakistan and Afghanistan for the purpose of training and supporting violent attacks against property and nationals (both military and civilian) of India and other countries.

d. Since 1990, members and associates of LET have conducted numerous attacks on military and civilian personnel and property in Indian-controlled Kashmir and India.

e. In 1998, Saeed called for holy war against the United States after U.S. missile attacks against terrorist training facilities in Afghanistan killed LET members.

f. On April 23, 2000, in a bulletin posted on the internet, LET claimed that it recently killed Indian soldiers and destroyed an Indian government building, both in Indian Kashmir.

6. After joining LET, Hicks trained for two months at LET's Mosqua Aqsa camp in Pakistan. His training included weapons familiarization and firing, map reading and land navigation, and troop movements.

7. Following training at Mosqua Aqsa, Hicks, along with LET associates, traveled to a border region between Pakistani-controlled Kashmir and Indian-controlled Kashmir, where he engaged in hostile action against Indian forces.

8. On or about January 2001, Hicks, with funding and a letter of introduction provided by LET, traveled to Afghanistan to attend al Qaida terrorist training camps.

9. On or about early December 2001, Hicks was captured near Baghlan, Afghanistan.


10. Al Qaida ("the Base"), was founded by Usama bin Laden and others in or about 1989 for the purpose of opposing certain governments and officials with force and violence.

11. Usama bin Laden is recognized as the emir (prince or leader) of al Qaida.

12. A purpose or goal of al Qaida, as stated by Usama bin Laden and other al Qaida leaders, is to support violent attacks against property and nationals (both military and civilian) of the United States and other countries for the purpose of, inter alia, forcing the United States to withdraw its forces from the Arabian Peninsula and in retaliation for U.S. support of Israel.

13. Al Qaida operations and activities are directed by a shura (consultation) council composed of committees, including: political committee; military committee; security committee; finance committee; media committee; and religious/legal committee.

14. Between 1989 and 2001, al Qaida established training camps, guest houses, and business operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries for the purpose of training and supporting violent attacks against property and nationals (both military and civilian) of the United States and other countries.

15. In August 1996, Usama bin Laden issued a public "Declaration of Jihad Against the Americans," in which he called for the murder of U.S. military personnel serving on the Arabian peninsula.

16. In February 1998, Usama bin Laden, Ayman al Zawahiri, and others, under the banner of "International Islamic Front for Fighting Jews and Crusaders," issued a fatwa (purported religious ruling) requiring all Muslims able to do so to kill Americans -- whether civilian or military -- anywhere they can be found and to "plunder their money."

17. On or about May 29, 1998, Usama bin Laden issued a statement entitled "The Nuclear Bomb of Islam," under the banner of the "International Islamic Front for Fighting Jews and Crusaders," in which he stated that "it is the duty of the Muslims to prepare as much force as possible to terrorize the enemies of God."

18. Since 1989 members and associates of al Qaida, known and unknown, have carried out numerous terrorist attacks, including, but not limited to: the attacks against the American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998; the attack against the USS COLE in October 2000; and the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.


19. David Matthew Hicks (a/k/a Abu Muslim al Austraili, a/k/a Muhammed Dawood, hereinafter "Hicks"), in Afghanistan, from on or about January 1, 2001 to on or about December 2001, willfully and knowingly joined an enterprise of persons who shared a common criminal purpose and conspired and agreed with Muhammad Atef (a/k/a Abu Hafs al Masri), Saif al Adel, Usama bin Laden, and other members and associates of the al Qaida organization, known and unknown, to commit the following offenses triable by military commission: attacking civilians; attacking civilian objects; murder by an unprivileged belligerent; destruction of property by an unprivileged belligerent; and terrorism.

20. In furtherance of this enterprise and conspiracy, Hicks and other members of al Qaida committed the following overt acts:

a. On or about January 2001, Hicks, with funding and a letter of introduction provided by LET, traveled to Afghanistan to attend al Qaida terrorist training camps. Upon arriving in Afghanistan, Hicks went to an al Qaida guest house, where he met Ibn Sheikh al Libi, a top-ranking al Qaida member, and others. Hicks turned in his passport and indicated that he would use the kunya, or alias. "Muhammed Dawood."
b. Hicks then traveled to and trained at al Qaida's al Farouq camp located outside Qandahar, Afghanistan. In al Qaida's eight-week basic training course, Hicks trained in weapons familiarization and firing, land mines, tactics, topography, field movements. and basic explosives.

c. On or about April 2001, Hicks returned to al Farouq and trained in al Qaida's guerilla warfare and mountain tactics training course. This seven-week course included: marksmanship; small team tactics; ambush; camouflage; rendezvous techniques; and techniques to pass intelligence to al Qaida operatives.

d. While Hicks was training at al Farouq, Usama bin Laden visited the camp on several occasions. During one visit, Hicks questioned bin Laden regarding the lack of English al Qaida training material; accepting bin Laden's advice, Hicks began to translate the training camp materials from Arabic to English.

e. After Hicks completed his first two al Qaida training courses, Muhammad Atef (a/k/a Abu Hafs al Masri), then the military commander oral Qaida, summoned and interviewed Hicks about his background and the travel habits of Australians. Saif al Adel, then the deputy commander of Al Qaida, was also present at interview. At the conclusion of this meeting, Muhammed Atef recommended Hicks for attendance at al Qaida's urban tactics training course at Tarnak Farm.

f. On or about June 2001, Hicks traveled to Tarnak Farm and participated in this course. A mock city was located inside the camp, where trainees were taught how to fight in an urban environment. Training also included: marksmanship; use of assault and sniper rifles; rappelling; kidnapping techniques; and assassination methods.

g. On or about August 2001, Hicks participated in an advanced al Qaida course on information collection and surveillance in an apartment in Kabul, Afghanistan. This course included "practical application" where Hicks and others conducted surveillance of various targets in Kabul, including the U.S. and British embassies, and submitted reports.

h. Following the information collection and surveillance course, Muhammed Atef again interviewed Hicks, and asked if he would be willing to undertake a "martyr mission," meaning an attack wherein Hicks would kill himself as well as the targets of the attack.

i. At an al Qaida guest house in Qandahar, as well as at al Qaida training camps and other locations in Afghanistan, Hicks received instruction from al Qaida associates on their interpretation of Islam, the meaning and obligations of jihad, and other topics.

j. On or about early September 2001, Hicks traveled to Pakistan to visit a friend. After watching television footage of the September 11,2001 attacks on the United States, Hicks returned to Afghanistan to rejoin his al Qaida associates.

k. Arriving in Qandahar, Afghanistan, Hicks reported to Saif al Adel, who was assigning individuals to locations where they were to tight alongside other al Qaida associates against U.S. and Coalition forces. Given a choice of three different locations, Hicks chose to join a group of al Qaida fighters near the Qandahar Airport. Armed with an AK-47 automatic rifle, ammunition, and grenades, Hicks traveled with his al Qaida associates to the Qandahar Airport.

l. On or about October 2001, after Coalition bombing operations commenced, Hicks joined an armed group outside the airport, where they guarded a Taliban tank.

m. After guarding the tank for approximately one week, Hicks, still armed with the AK-47 rifle, ammunition, and grenades, traveled with an LET acquaintance to Konduz, Afghanistan, arriving around November 9, 2001. There, he joined others, including John Walker Lindh, who were engaged in combat against Coalition forces.


21. David Matthew Hicks (a/k/a Abu Muslim al Austraili, a/k/a Muhammed Dawood), in Afghanistan between on or about September 11, 2001 and December 1, 2001, as a perpetrator, co-conspirator, member of an enterprise of persons who shared a common criminal purpose, an aider or abettor, or some combination thereof, attempted to murder divers persons by directing small arms fire, explosives, and other means intended to kill American, British, Canadian, Australian, Afghan, and other Coalition forces, while he did not enjoy combatant immunity and such conduct taking place in the context of and associated with armed conflict.


22. David Matthew Hicks (a/k/a Abu Muslim al Austraili, a/k/a Muhammed Dawood), in Afghanistan between on or about January 1, 2001, and December 1, 2001, intentionally aided the enemy, to wit: al Qaida and the Taliban, such conduct taking place in the context of and associated with armed conflict.


Phone Uncle Sam if you have a problem with his behaviour

Any Other Country Would Have Been Asked to Remove its Embassy until civilized behavior could be guarranteed, but since we are not much less of a colony than Iraq will be three weeks hence, we ought to take advantage of the facilities and call the Empire (collect) whenever there's something we need them to explain. Ask someone there to explain the "Status of Forces" agreement they have with the host nations of their 750 bases worldwide. I could be wrong, but it seems to me that they are really in control of all those countries...

American Embassy - Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa - Vancouver Suboffice
American Consulate - Vancouver

Bad is Good

10 June 2004

Powell "Very Disturbed" by Errors in 2003 Terrorism Report
Revisions will show increase in number of attacks, casualties

Secretary of State Colin Powell says he is very disturbed by errors in the 2003 edition of the department's annual terrorism report, but he indicated that corrections will be made following a thorough review.

During an appearance with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh at the State Department June 10, the secretary was asked how the inaccuracies in the report occurred. "It was a combination of errors both at the new Terrorist Threat Information Center, as they were transitioning into the job and building their organization, and errors prepping the report that, frankly, we didn't catch over here," he said.

Powell pledged to correct whatever should be corrected in the report issued in April and turned aside a reporter's effort to ascribe the problem to political motivations. "I can assure you it had nothing to do with putting out anything but the most honest, accurate information we can," he said.

During the June 10 State Department briefing spokesman Richard Boucher also addressed the department's review of the report. "Base on our review, we have determined that the data in the report is incomplete and in some cases incorrect," he said.

Boucher said State Department officials did not check and verify the data sufficiently.

The Terrorist Threat Integration Center is revising the 2003 statistics. The preliminary review "indicate that the figures for the number of attacks and casualties will be up sharply from what was published," the spokesman said.

"As soon as we are in a position to, we will issue corrected numbers, a revised analysis, and revisions to the report," he said.

Following is the text of Boucher's statement:

(begin text)

Office of the Spokesman
June 10, 2004


Correction to Global Patterns of Terrorism Will be Issued

After learning of possible discrepancies in the first week of May, the Department of State and the Terrorist Threat Integration Center initiated a review of the data published in the 2003 edition of "Patterns of Global Terrorism." A May 17th letter from Congressman {Henry] Waxman [Democrat, California] added impetus to our efforts.

The data in the report was compiled by the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, which was established in January 2003 and includes elements from the CIA, FBI and Departments of Homeland Security and Defense. Based on our review, we have determined that the data in the report is incomplete and in some cases incorrect. Here at the Department of State, we did not check and verify the data sufficiently.

At our request, the Terrorist Threat Integration Center is revising the statistics for calendar year 2003. While we are still checking data for accuracy and completeness, we can say that our preliminary results indicate that the figures for the number of attacks and casualties will be up sharply from what was published. As soon as we are in a position to, we will issue corrected numbers, a revised analysis, and revisions to the report.

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