"Figures of Speech" The American Prospect

George W. Bush's false claim during a presidential debate to have eliminated two-thirds of "al-Qaeda's key members and associates" is not his first outrageous assertion. "The Bush administration has become famous for its willingness to mine data selectively in order to garner support for its policies." Before, it was two-thirds, and now it has become three-quarters. Karen Greenberg assesses both of these claims based on what we know and speculate about al-Qaeda's leadership.

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