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DOJ Admits to Errors in Report Linking Immigration to Terrorism, but Refuses to Correct Them
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49007"><span class="small">Sophie Weiner, Splinter</span></a>   
Friday, 04 January 2019 13:41

Weiner writes: "Almost all of the data in the report was exaggerated or simply untrue."

U.S. border wall. (photo: John Moore/Getty)
U.S. border wall. (photo: John Moore/Getty)

DOJ Admits to Errors in Report Linking Immigration to Terrorism, but Refuses to Correct Them

By Sophie Weiner, Splinter News

04 January 19


ack in January of 2018, the Justice Department and Homeland Security released a report that claimed to prove a connection between terrorism and immigration. The findings backed up Donald Trump’s decision to issue a travel ban on Muslim-majority countries the previous year. The only problem was that almost all of the data in the report was exaggerated or simply untrue.

The report prompted lawsuits by several organizations under the obscure Information Quality Act, demanding that the government retract the incorrect information. The agencies said no, and courts allowed the lawsuits to go into an administrative appeal.

Twice now, the DOJ has had to admit that parts of the report were inaccurate. But after two rounds of court cases, they still refuse to amend the initial findings.

Now, the Justice Department has issued a final decision, saying they won’t retract the bunk data, according to the Washington Post.

“[In] future reports, the department can strive to minimize the potential for misinterpretation,” Michael H. Allen, a deputy assistant attorney general, wrote in a letter to the plaintiffs.

The details of what the DOJ and DHS got wrong in the report are disturbing.

One example from the Post:

One flaw the Justice Department acknowledged was the report’s assertion that between 2003 and 2009, immigrants were convicted of 69,929 sex offenses, which “in most instances constitutes gender-based violence against women.”

This is, it turns out, bullshit. The number is not based on a six year period, but in fact the years 1955 to 2010—55 years! Furthermore, this number is based on arrests, not convictions, including arrests for multiple crimes.

But the government doesn’t care. Allen called the mistakes “mere editorial errors which the [law] does not obligate the agencies to withdraw or correct.”

Essentially: we said a huge number of immigrants are rapists, based on totally made up data, but we don’t have to correct it, so we’re not going to.

“There is no requirement in either the [law or department guidelines] that agencies must always provide underlying data when disseminating information to the public,” Allen added.

This is apparently true. But so are these lies now, in the minds of most of the public who read them on conservative memes or heard them screamed out of Fox News. Congrats, Trump administration, your plan worked.

Read the full story at the Washington Post.

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+12 # DongiC 2019-01-04 15:44
Once again the Trump team sacrifices the truth, refusing to correct known errors in an official report. What's with this bunch of renegades? Why are they so afraid of the truth? What are they hiding so carefully. Their own incompetence?
+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-01-05 08:46
Openly lying governments must go. If you have no mechanism for removing them, what’s the good of the Constitution?
+1 # Jaax88 2019-01-05 17:35
That is what rebellion is for, when government fails its duties.