Thursday, May 12, 2005

U.S. Insists Joseph Kony's Rebels Terrorists?

Note, because I have not been able to cross check the facts in this post, I have put a question mark over the title of a report, copied here below, from New Vision AllAfrica April 29, 2005 by Alfred Wasike in Kampala [via Winds of Change with thanks]. Here is the report:

THE Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has again been blacklisted by the US Department of State as one of the most dangerous international terrorist organisations.

This year's congressionally mandated report called "Country Reports on Terrorism 2004" replaces the former "patterns of Global Terrorism" report. It warns that the battle against international terrorism remains formidable despite improved domestic security measures, military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and deepening international counter terrorism cooperation.

The report says the new National Counter terrorism Centre (NCTC) prepared the terrorist statistics.

The 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act created the NCTC and designated it the primary authoritative organisation for global terrorism analysis, including regular reporting.

As in previous years, the State Department's terrorism report contains country reports and regional information, lists and descriptions of foreign terrorist organisations and other terrorist groups.

It also contains accounts of state sponsors of terrorism and global terrorist networks and counter terrorism training and interdiction programmes.

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