Tom Ridge: I Was Pressured To Raise Terror

 Alert To Help Bush Win


The Huffington Post   |  Rachel Weiner
First Posted: 08-20-09 11:20 AM   |   Updated: 08-20-09 05:26 PM



Tomridge


In a new book, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge reveals new details on politicization under President Bush, reports US News & World Report's Paul Bedard. Among other things, Ridge admits that he was pressured to raise the terror alert to help Bush win re-election in 2004.

Ridge was never invited to sit in on National Security Council meetings; was "blindsided" by the FBI in morning Oval Office meetings because the agency withheld critical information from him; found his urgings to block Michael Brown from being named head of the emergency agency blamed for the Hurricane Katrina disaster ignored; and was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush's re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over.

Dave Weigel, writing for the Washington Independent, notes that in the past, Ridge has denied manipulating security information for political reasons. In 2004, for example, he said, "We don't do politics in the Department of Homeland Security."

"What Tom Ridge disclosed confirms our worst suspicions," said Sen. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who criticized the color-coded system back in 2003. "Just like they did in Iraq, the Bush Administration manipulated intelligence to cause fear in the public to further its political goals."

The Bush administration was forced to admit in the days after the 2004 alert that it was based on intelligence three or four years old. Officials then claimed there was a previously unmentioned "separate stream of intelligence" that justified the warning -- but offered little tangible information to support their new story..

ThinkProgress recalls, the AP reported that "even 'some senior Republicans' privately questioned Ridge's timing of a terror alert that came just three days after the Democratic National Convention."

Ridge's book, "The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege...and How We Can Be Safe Again," comes out September 1.

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In a new book, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge reveals new details on politicization under President Bush, reports US News & World Report's Paul Bedard. Among other things, Ridge admi...
In a new book, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge reveals new details on politicization under President Bush, reports US News & World Report's Paul Bedard. Among other things, Ridge admi...
 

So Tom, you knew it was wrong and you did it anyway. And then, instead of leaving, you stayed.

And now you want us to buy your book.

I used to think something of you, when you were governor. Now I'm embarrassed that you're from PA.


We don't know what the Consequences were for NOT appeasing the bush crime family !

Paul David Wellstone (1944 ~ 2002 ) ?
Deborah Jeane Palfrey (1956 ~ 2008) ?
Patrick Daniel Tillman (1976 ~ 2004) ?
Bruce Edwards Ivins (1946 ~2008) ?
Michael Louis Connell (1963 ~ 2008) ?
etc.
etc.
etc.



4,249 soldiers and counting,wounded 30,182 .


I do not mention KR because his fate is already sealed.
Scape_Goat.

I knew it, I knew it, I just knew it.,

Does anyone remember during the DNC Convention (Kerry vs. Bush) and that great speech Sen. John Kerry gave and most pundits were in awe of his speech? They were going on and on about it afterwards and into the next morning. How wonderfully that speech was well executed. Everyone on TV was praising his speech.

Well, if you will remember, it was the very next day ...and just after Kerry' s, then what did we get....You got it. Homeland Security raised the security level the very next morning. Can remember that as if it was yesterday. I believed this was all well planned out from the git go...and then some.

I hope this story remains in the forefront and give the Bushies what they deserve.

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney,Henry Paulson,Donald Rumsfeld,John Ashcroft
,Alberto Gonzales,Michael Mukasey,Carlos Gutierrez,Elaine Chao,Mel Martinez,Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff,Andrew Card,Joshua Bolten,Christine Todd Whitman,Paul Wolfowitz, George Tenet,Condoleezza Rice,John R. Bolton,Harriet Miers,Ari Fleischer,Dana Perino,Karen Hughes,


Guess it takes a book deal for this guy to be honest.

What a traitor, him Bush and Cheney and anyone else inthe know.


let me try this again . . .

if what tom said he did, manipulate the HS threat level at the behest of the WH, he just admitted to committing voter fraud. and that means the folks in the former administration are culpable!

mr. holden, it's way past time to start investigating these crimes.