Stats from the federal government show the number and severity of terrorist attacks climbed dramatically last year. The worldwide death toll tripled over the previous year. But Washington's spinning the math to make the numbers look smaller.
The new numbers come from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Here's the trend they reported:
- 2003 -- 175 incidents, 625 deaths
- 2004 -- 651 incidents, 1,907 deaths
His agency has added intelligence experts and analysts to better classify what counts as a terror attack, since so many suicide car bombings must have been wrongly classified as road rage in 2003.
Meanwhile, the State Department -- true to its word -- put out its terror report clensed of any statistics on the number of attacks and deaths.
If you want to see where the attacks happen, you might also want to look at the "Terrorism Knowledge Base" online. It's sponsored by the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. (WashPost)