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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Idiots at infowars get it wrong, and idiots on digg fall for it.

Here is what a report from The Transactional Records Action Clearinghouse states:
Despite repeated claims by high officials of the Bush Administration that fighting terrorism has been the central mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since it began operating, the data show that in the last three years a claim of terrorism was made against only 12 (0.0015%) out of 814,073 individuals against whom the DHS has filed charges in the immigration courts.

Pay no attention to the fact that this study is showing obvious bias, it gets worse. The following is what a complete tardo from infowars claimed:
Records obtained from the immigration courts under the Freedom of Information Act show that only 0.0015 percent of the total number of cases filed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were terrorism related, despite the fact that the Bush administration has repeatedly asserted that it is the primary focus of the DHS.

Try to pay attention. DHS is in charge of the Border Patrol. This means that every single time the Border Patrol or INS picks up an illegal alien and send them to court, it gets counted in the DHS column. Also pay attention to the discrepancy from the report to what Steve Watson from infowars claims. Watson doesn’t even mention that the statistics only account for charges filed in IMMIGRATION courts.
“only 0.0015 percent of the total number of cases filed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were terrorism related”
This statement is wrong, according to the very report he cited. He attempts to go around the fact that this report is talking specifically about the charges brought into immigration courts. Add that to the fact that the report skips over the fact that every time INS and the Border Patrol charge someone, they are effectively being charged by the agency they fall under, Department of Homeland Security.

By the way everyone, it took about 30 seconds of research to get this info.

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