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...the information, including detailed traffic pattern surveillance and building infrastructure data, was compiled at least 3 years ago.
U.S. officials say the detailed surveillance photos and documents that prompted higher terror warnings dated from as far back as 2000 and 2001, and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Tuesday the government concluded "it was essential" to publicize it and raise the terror alert.
Top Bush administration officials said some of the surveillance was apparently updated as recently as January of this year. And they denied any allegations that the public release of the information now, and the raising of the terror alert, were politically motivated. They said the information was released now because it was just uncovered in Pakistan.
Originally by Bout Time
I found the exact quote:
""We must understand that the kind of information available to us today is the result of the president's leadership in the war against terror."
Campaign Ad or what?
"We do not do politics at the Department of Homeland Security," Mr Ridge said. "Our job is to identify the threat."
Tom Ridge, August 2004