WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly all of the terrorism-related statistics reported by the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI from the September 11 attacks until early 2005 had some inaccuracies, the department's inspector general said on Tuesday.
... "Whether this is just an accounting error or an attempt to pad terror prosecution statistics for some other reason, the Department of Justice of all places should be classifying cases for what they are, not what they want us to think them to be," Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, said...
Hmm, why would the government overstate the number of terrorism prosecutions and understate other statistics? Might it have something to do with hyping the threat and exaggerating their success in responding to that threat, perhaps in order to grow their own power?
As we look back on the 1950s, with the McCarthy Hearings, the "communist threat" of fluoridated water and the like, with amusement and, perhaps, disgust, so perhaps shall people in the future look back on this time, at the vast amounts of money consumed, the dubious results, and the vast growth in the size and power of the state, in much the same way.