posted on Aug, 22 2009 @ 11:51 AM
This new contention directly refutes what Ridge told KDKA-TV's Ken Rice in an interview in June of 2008.
Rice: "Was there ever pressure to raise the alert level for some reason that had nothing to do with the actual threats out there?"
Rice: "Never even a hint of that?"
Ridge: "Never. It's a great question though."
Ridge went on to point out that he didn't have authority to raise the alert level alone and that decision had to be a consensus of the president's
Homeland Security Council, including the heads of the departments of State, Defense and Justice and the FBI and CIA.