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    Tom Ridge: I Was Pressured To Raise Terror Alert to help Bush win

    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.

    Tom Ridge: I Was Pressured To Raise Terror Alert To Help Bush Win

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    Are you surprise ?

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    such damn corruption.

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    Alot of muslims believe the re-election of bush was a vote of malignity towards the muslim world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Murderer View Post
    Are you surprise ?
    not at all

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    where richard?

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    That would make sense if they could prove that made people vote for Bush.
    But who votes for a President based on a 'Terror Alert'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steupz View Post
    That would make sense if they could prove that made people vote for Bush.
    But who votes for a President based on a 'Terror Alert'?
    Well 19 percent of people conisdered terrorism to be the most important thing in 04. Thats alot.

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