Friday, December 05, 2008

Foreign Affairs - "Misunderestimating" Terrorism - Alan B. Krueger and David D. Laitin

As the war on terrorism continues, statistics on terrorist attacks are becoming as important as the unemployment rate or the GDP. Yet the terrorism reports produced by the U.S. government do not have nearly as much credibility as its economic statistics, because there are no safeguards to ensure that the data are as accurate as possible and free from political manipulation. The flap over the error-ridden 2003 Patterns of Global Terrorism report, which Secretary of State Colin Powell called "a big mistake" and which had to be corrected and re-released, recently brought these issues to the fore. But they still have not been adequately addressed.
Foreign Affairs - "Misunderestimating" Terrorism - Alan B. Krueger and David D. Laitin
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