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‘Isreal’ on the map – Counterterrorism calendar becomes butt of jokes after blunder

Published time: January 15, 2014 21:21
image from www.nctc.gov

image from www.nctc.gov

An embarrassing error somehow led the National Counterterrorism Center to misspell the name of one of America’s closest allies on its new interactive calendar.

Released on Wednesday, the 2014 Counterterrorism Calendar features a map of terrorist activity occurring in numerous countries. Hover your mouse over Israel, however, and you’ll see a gray pop-up that misspells the country’s name as “Isreal.”

image from www.nctc.gov

Although Israel is considered a US ally, it was included on the calendar due to activity by the group Hamas, which operates within the Gaza Strip.

The Weekly Standard’s Jeryl Bier noted the error, to which an NCTC spokesperson responded, saying, "Thank you (and Mr. Bier) for highlighting the typographical errors associated with our online interactive calendar. We’ve provided these edits to our graphics team who will correct the programming as soon as possible."

Nevertheless, the mistake has not been corrected even hours later.

Aside from fueling jokes at the government’s expense, the Weekly Standard also noted three interesting omissions from the NCTC’s calendar, especially considering recent statements by the US State Department.

On January 10, the State Department issued terrorist designations for groups in Libya and Tunisia, highlighting three new Ansar al-Sharia organizations. In Libya, two groups were created after the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, and have been implicated in the September 11, 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

Meanwhile, the State Department said that “Ansar al-Shari’a in Tunisia, which is ideologically aligned with al-Qa’ida and tied to its affiliates, including AQIM, represents the greatest threat to U.S. interests in Tunisia.”

Although these designations were made last week, the NCTC did not include Tunisia or Libya on its newly released counterterrorism calendar.

The other notable omission is Iran, which the State Department mentioned extensively in its most recent Country Report on Terrorism, published in May 2013, but which the NCTC did not include in the list of threats.

Comments (12)

 

Levi Jenkins 05.02.2014 19:22

Israel does not need to be absorbed into palestine. while i find it rediculous that they are like the U.S.'s little minion, they have the right to sovereignly exist. pre 1948 bleh, try pre aproximatly 2000 B.C. before the conquest of Cannan.

 

fran7 16.01.2014 12:19

Why is debate about Israel not allowed in USA colleges and Universities?
Is rael is financed by USA government to the tune of billions of dollars in foreign aid despite it having Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction and Chemical Weapons and continually flouts ( with contempt ) international Law by occupying Palestinian Land and Syrian Land.
The only real option for peace in the middle east is to restore "ALL" of Palestine to the rightful owners THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE as it was pre 1948 and for artificial Israel to be absorbed into Palestine so that all people regardless of race or creed can live and work together.

 

Werdna S 16.01.2014 03:40

This map is very misleading. Though I'm no expert, I doubt all of Russia, the biggest country in the world in terms of land mass, is affected by terroism. Some gradients/shading would've have been nice.

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