WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former US homeland security chief Tom Ridge charges in a new book that top aides to then-president George W. Bush pressured him to raise the "terror alert" level to sway the November 2004 US election.
Then defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and attorney general John Ashcroft pushed him to elevate the color-coded threat level, but Ridge refused, according to a summary from his publisher, Thomas Dunne Books.
"After that episode, I knew I had to follow through with my plans to leave the federal government for the private sector," Ridge is quoting as writing in "The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege ... And How We Can Be Safe Again."
Some of Bush's critics had repeatedly questioned whether the administration was using warnings of a possible attack to blunt the political damage from the unpopular Iraq war by shifting the debate to the broader "war on terrorism," which had wide popular appeal
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:09 PM on Aug. 20, 2009
Answer by waldorfmom at 4:17 PM on Aug. 20, 2009
Answer by waldorfmom at 4:19 PM on Aug. 20, 2009
watch TV, I realize the crazy distortions the media injects into every controversy it can possibly scare up
Its wasn't the MEDIA that was distorting or perverting anything, it was the last administration to keep the presidency
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:19 PM on Aug. 20, 2009
/Repercussions? For TRYING to mitigate damage from the relentless distortions of the media and ..of political enemies?
For using propaganda to get votes! To scare America and make them think we were on the verge of being ATTACKED after 9/11...Your OK with THAT
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:21 PM on Aug. 20, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 4:24 PM on Aug. 20, 2009
You know what im not OK with, sweet? DNC Voter fraud shuttling people around in buses in NH to get them to vote multiple times, paying them for a day of work and one meal. THATS what i'm not okay with.
says an ANON with no intentions of reporting a broken law that they supposedly know about....But your OK with propaganda and lies and FEAR TACTICS to win an election?
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:29 PM on Aug. 20, 2009
Did you see the source? Huffington Post. WHAT A JOKE!
Answer by Anonymous at 4:31 PM on Aug. 20, 2009
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