The Government Makes Stuff Up

reprinted in it’s entirety because I have nothing else to add: [tip to Radley Balko at Reason]

If you find this surprising , you haven’t been paying attention:
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.
[…]
The report found that only two out of 26 statistics were accurate after reviewing the number of terrorism convictions in the 2003 and 2004 financial years, the number of convictions or guilty pleas from September 11, 2001, through February 3, 2005, and the number of terrorist threats tracked by the FBI in 2003 and 2004.
“We found many cases involving offenses such as immigration violations, marriage fraud, or drug trafficking where department officials provided no evidence to link the subject of the case to terrorist activity,” the report said.
Looks like it may be time to fire the inspector general.

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