Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Tom Ridge once proclaimed he did not play politics with the Department of Homeland Security...

The Bush administration periodically put the USA on high alert for terrorist attacks even though then-Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge argued there was only flimsy evidence to justify raising the threat level, Ridge now says.
Ridge, who resigned Feb. 1, said Tuesday that he often disagreed with administration officials who wanted to elevate the threat level to orange, or "high" risk of terrorist attack, but was overruled.

Who overruled him?

The level is raised if a majority on the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council favors it and President Bush concurs. Among those on the council with Ridge were Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI chief Robert Mueller, CIA director George Tenet, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Now, lookey at this graph...put together by JuliusBlog.

I should add that Air America's Sam Seder has been talking about this on the radio (actually internets) and prompted this post. See it is a vast left wing conspiracy Byron York.