I have this notion, given to me by my parents, that if I keep on making the same mistake time and again it stops being an "accident" but and instead becomes that I am just not trying hard enough to get things right.
Most of the Justice Department's major statistics on terrorism cases are highly inaccurate, and federal prosecutors routinely count cases involving drug trafficking, marriage fraud and other unrelated crimes as part of anti-terrorism efforts, according to an audit released yesterday.The only two entirely accurate sets of statistics were compiled by the FBI, said the inspector-general's report, but they got far more reports wrong too.
When pressed on this, the Justice Dept. gave one of those "I didn't lose my homework on purpose, it was an accident" excuses.
Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said "the notion that the Justice Department inflated its statistics is false and flatly contradicted by the [inspector general's] report itself, which found that the Criminal Division either accurately stated or understated the department's terrorism statistics in nearly all categories."So here's what we have: they've known about the problem since at least 2005 but they still can't get it right. They claim it isn't so bad because they both over and under-estimate their figures - figures used to explain to Congress and the taxpayer how the Justice Department is spending taxpayer's money to protect the country against terrorist attacks. Yet even a casual analysis of the data reveals that all their figures are rubbish in the first place because they rest on a wide definition of "terrorism" that includes immigration sweeps at airports.
I blame their parents, who have given them no appreciation for the truth.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Posted by Cernig at 2/21/2007 09:38:00 AM