“Using the threat of terrorism to try to achieve political goals is, you know, what terrorists do.”
Tom Ridge, the first secretary of homeland security, asserts in a new book that he was pressured by top advisers to President George W. Bush to raise the national threat level just before the 2004 election in what he suspected was an effort to influence the vote.
Nice of Ridge to let us know way after it would have made a difference. But I guess it will increase his book sales?
This isn’t the first time Ridge admitted the threat level increases were dubious. (@ Greenwald)
Watch this Keith Olbermann video from 2007 that outlines all the times the Bush administration used terror threats to distract the media.