This letter, written by California Senator Henry A. Waxman to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, focuses on the State Department's release of the annual Patterns of Global Terrorism report, in which it was announced that terrorism was on the decline. Waxman considers this to be simply a manipulation of data and outlines throughout the letter all of the conflicting details of the report. Waxman requests that Colin Powell provide: "1. Detailed annual listings of all 'total international terrorist attacks' since 1995; 2. The complete listing of 'significant terrorist incidents' in 2003, including those that occurred after November 11; 3. The identities of the members of the U.S. Government Incident Review Panel who decide which incidents will be included in the Patterns of Global Terrorism report; and, 4. An explanation of the procedures for defining an act as an international terrorist attack and whether those procedures have changed in recent years."
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