Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. President George W. Bush created the Office of Homeland Security within the White House,
and named Ridge to head it. The charge to the nation's new director of homeland security was to develop and coordinate a comprehensive national
strategy to strengthen the United States against terrorist threats or attacks. In the words of President George W. Bush, he had the strength,
experience, personal commitment and authority to accomplish this critical mission. Ridge formally resigned as Pennsylvania's governor on October 5,
Go to Wiki for more info.
From his book:
"the infighting he saw that frustrated his attempts to build a smooth-running department. Among the headlines promoted by publisher Thomas
Dunne Books: 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."
From what I understand, Bush's people elevated the threat level to Orange on the eave of the election, with Bush losing in the polls.
We all know what happened from there!
I wonder, could there ever be charges levelled for that? It has to be illegal!?
Anyway this may not fire up you guys after so long, but I find it cool that it's on the MSM, I assume from August this year.
I searched again and found a thread by ModernAcademia on the book, but the video is new, so i thought I'd post it anyway! But you can find his
The fact the MSM aired this, but hardly anyone cares, is a sad indictment of our times!
The buzz is building over a new supposed tell-all by former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge, "The Test of Our Times". The book, however, directly
contradicts the fast moving media message that the Bush White House tried to manipulate Homeland Security threat levels for partisan gain.
Tom Ridge "Let me make it very clear. I was never directed to do so no matter how many analysts, pundits or critics say so."
Here is the actual passage from the book-oh wait I cannot find it, BECAUSE IT DOES NOT EXIST.
Forgive me if I am wrong, but "SHOW ME THE EXCERPT"!
Let us see if anyone can find the passage. And boy is this old, I am sure there is thread on this already.
Divide and Conquer, Blame Bush, Obfuscate, Deny, Lie etc etc etc.
EDIT TO ADD-HOAX Quote in OP is not an excerpt from the book also all attempts by EVERYONE TO POINT IT AS SUCH IS LYING INCLUDING OP
Also alerted mods to HOAX
[edit on 11/6/2009 by endisnighe]
"There was absolutely no support for that position within our department. None. I and wondered, 'Is this about security or politics?' Post-election
analysis demonstrated a significant increase in the president's approval rating in the days after the raising of the threat level."
"As the minutes passed at our video conference, we concluded that others in the administration were operating with the same threat information that
we had at DHS, and they didn't know any more than we did. And we concluded that the idea was still a bad one. It also seemed possible to me and to
others around the table that something could be afoot other than simple concern about the country's safety."
He does not say he was forced to, or anyone said to do it for political gain. He simply wondered if that as the case.
It's not a problem really. Part of the confusion here as stated in the maddow interview is that people were quoting from the book jacket, which are
not his words. It was just a paraphrase for shock value to sell more copies.
Now the fact that he wrote in the book that he and others in the dhs were concerned that the threat levels were being used for political gain should
not be thrown away with the misquotes.
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