Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Keeping Iraq attack numbers under wraps
If you think this is bad, just wait until the really bad news about the economy, the Bushites are trying to hide, comes to light.
The Carpetbagger Report » Blog Archive » Keeping Iraq attack numbers under wraps:
A close look at the chart, however, notes that a few details are missing — specifically, the number of attacks in September, October, and November of this year, despite the fact that the report having been produced in December.
So, where are those numbers? Rood called Joseph Christoff, the GAO official who produced the document, who said he had all of the data, but had to leave the report incomplete because the Pentagon classified the numbers.
The number of attacks from August 2006, and every month prior, are publicly available, but the fall of 2006 has to remain classified? Without explanation?
Of course, this does fit nicely into the Bush administration’s m.o. — when data is inconvenient, hide it.
* In March, the administration announced it would no longer produce the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation, which identifies which programs best assist low-income families, while also tracking health insurance coverage and child support.