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Ridge: I was urged to raise terror level for re-election
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Posted on 08/20/2009 8:56:17 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Ridge: I was urged to raise terror level for re-election @ 11:32 am by Eric Zimmermann

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was pressured to raise the terror threat level in the run-up to President Bush's re-election, the former cabinet secretary will claim in a new tell-all book.

Titled "The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege…and How We Can Be Safe Again," the memoir is intended to rouse Americans from their complacency about security issues, Ridge says.

To accomplish that goal, Ridge has included some stunning allegations about his time in the Bush administration.

He almost considered resigning after being pressured to raise the terrorist threat level for political reasons, U.S. News reports.

Ridge also claims he was never asked to attend a National Security Council meeting, and says he repeatedly warned against appointing Michael Brown to be the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.) Brown resigned after lawmakers and journalists on both sides of the aisle accused him of mismanaging the response to Hurricane Katrina.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: bookreview; bush43; loser; memoir; ridge; testofourtimes; tomridge
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wonderful.........
1 posted on 08/20/2009 8:56:17 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

I guess he won’t be invited to Crawford anytime soon.


2 posted on 08/20/2009 8:58:19 AM PDT by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: Sub-Driver

It never ceases to amaze me what these clowns will do to get some attention.

I’m just guessing but I doubt he’ll be offering up any evidence.


3 posted on 08/20/2009 8:58:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Sub-Driver
...the memoir is intended to rouse Americans from their complacency about security issues, Ridge says.

If so, why this "revelation?"

Let me correct this:

...the memoir is intended to rouse Americans from their complacency about security issues make me some money, Ridge says.

4 posted on 08/20/2009 8:58:54 AM PDT by TankerKC (USAF...retired. Well, on Terminal Leave.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Selling books saying anything


5 posted on 08/20/2009 8:59:04 AM PDT by italianquaker (“Every inch of this Administration is rife with corruption and cronyism.” --- Michelle Malkin)
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To: Sub-Driver

I wonder if he gives specific quotes of what was said to him, and by whom. If he does not, then I think he is not credible. Regardless, the MSM will blow it way out of proportion.


6 posted on 08/20/2009 8:59:33 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: Sub-Driver

... and to think that this political lightweight almost became Bush’s VP. Whew!


7 posted on 08/20/2009 8:59:59 AM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Sub-Driver

What color is his book?


8 posted on 08/20/2009 9:00:05 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: Sub-Driver

and chairman zero has taken a page right out of this playbook as anytime he watched his poll numbers drop he starts threatening to investigate the Bush administration....


9 posted on 08/20/2009 9:00:15 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Ridge is an incompetent loser.
10 posted on 08/20/2009 9:00:25 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: moose2004

Who tf would want to go there?


11 posted on 08/20/2009 9:00:50 AM PDT by Boiling Pots (Evil-Mongering Angry Mobster)
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To: Sub-Driver

“He almost considered resigning after being pressured to raise the terrorist threat level for political reasons”

OK, so why didn’t you resign?


12 posted on 08/20/2009 9:00:59 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Sub-Driver
"He almost considered resigning after being pressured to raise the terrorist threat level for political reasons..."

Hahahahahahah...so who supposedly pressured him to raise the threat level?

13 posted on 08/20/2009 9:01:15 AM PDT by telebob
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To: Sub-Driver
This is the problem, everyone is in it for themselves.

I understand people need to make a living, but if you make a great living yet can't live with yourself, what have you accomplished mr ridge?

14 posted on 08/20/2009 9:01:30 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Certainly terrorist intelligence would not show increased threats to attack the US during President Bush’s reelection

sarc


15 posted on 08/20/2009 9:01:42 AM PDT by silverleaf (If we are astroturf, why are the democrats trying to mow us?)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Ridge...says he repeatedly warned against appointing Michael Brown to be the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.) Brown resigned after lawmakers and journalists on both sides of the aisle accused him of mismanaging the response to Hurricane Katrina.

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What a pandering little a$$wipe.

THe VAST majority of the problems related to Hurricane Katrina had to do with the fundamental and abject lack of personal responsibility and foresight on the part of the residents of New Orleans and had very little to do with any FEDERAL “response”.


16 posted on 08/20/2009 9:02:18 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: moose2004

Y’know, there haven’t been a whole lot of “Tell-All” books coming from the Bush Administration... at least not yet. I think when Bill Clinton left office there was a whole slew of these C-Y-A memoirs.


17 posted on 08/20/2009 9:02:27 AM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Sub-Driver

self serving much...?

W had a lot of snakes around him...


18 posted on 08/20/2009 9:02:38 AM PDT by y6162 (uish..)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yes! Just what the Republicans need! More Tom Ridges!!!


19 posted on 08/20/2009 9:02:40 AM PDT by mockingbyrd (Boehner Baby!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

If he thought it was wrong, he should have refused and let them fire him. I am tired of people who come forward after the fact and tell all, but at the time they just went along. What is he going to claim, Stockholm Syndrome?


20 posted on 08/20/2009 9:02:48 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Did Ridge also ask OBL to release that video threatening America.

Ridge is a first class moron.


21 posted on 08/20/2009 9:03:34 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Kakaze

I have almost no respect for our *ruling class* anymore.


22 posted on 08/20/2009 9:04:11 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Sub-Driver
He almost considered resigning after being pressured to raise the terrorist threat level for political reasons, U.S. News reports.

Wow - he didn't consider resigning - what he did was 'almost consider' resigning. I wonder how you 'almost consider' doing something. Is that like a subconscious thought that you only become aware of while you are writing a tell-all book?

23 posted on 08/20/2009 9:04:22 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: A_Former_Democrat
Indeed. He is trying to get extra credit for ALMOST having integrity.

Either he is lying and thus he has no integrity.

Or he is telling the truth, in which case, he has no integrity.

24 posted on 08/20/2009 9:04:28 AM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?)
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To: Sub-Driver

If he was never asked to attend a National Security Council meeting, isn’t it a least possible that there were threats of which he was not aware when asked to raise the threat level?


25 posted on 08/20/2009 9:04:35 AM PDT by chrisser (Jim Thompson is the the finest, bravest, most honorable American I have ever known...)
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To: Sub-Driver

So, let’s get this straight from RINO Ridge
1.) urged to raise terror level, you ALMOST resigned but didn’t
2.)Having NOT resigned you tell us NOW that this occurred- FOR WHAT REASON are you telling this now?
3.) You additionally try to increase your status among the “katrina bush bashers” by saying you warned against Brown appointment to FEMA! WHY are you doing this.
IF you were a person of honor and integrity and this did indeed happen THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED.
But then, that would not have allowed you to continue to line your pockets, and set up a presidential or other run as a professional lying RINO politician. What’s next, you and Colin Powell doing a “blackface” vaudeville act about “no WMDs ever in Iraq” This man is an ASS. Just cause you were a fighter pilot doesn’t give you anything other than a flyboy. This from the son of a real steely-eyed sub driver who had more integrity in his little toe than in all of this idiot Ridge.


26 posted on 08/20/2009 9:05:41 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Sub-Driver

Two things are possible. Number one is that Ridge is lying and number two is that he violated his oath through his political cowardice.


27 posted on 08/20/2009 9:06:28 AM PDT by jwalsh07 (CommieCare: Need a Stent, Take a Red Pill. Next!)
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To: dinoparty

“Regardless, the MSM will blow it way out of proportion.”

Translation: Chris, Ed, Rachel and Wolf will harp on this for the next two weeks.


28 posted on 08/20/2009 9:06:54 AM PDT by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: Sub-Driver

Great. That’s just great.

I’m sick and tired of this. Tell these people to STFU. If you have nothing positive to say then STFU. Hey, Ridge, what’s your point? Why would you write this?


29 posted on 08/20/2009 9:06:56 AM PDT by nikos1121 (praying for -13)
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To: Sub-Driver
>Ridge was pressured to raise the terror threat level in the run-up to President Bush's re-election, the former cabinet secretary will claim in a new tell-all book.

Uh, okay, so what?
I would think that a Nationwide election for the President of the United States would be a de facto cause for the raising of the threat level.
What more tempting target - and effect - could there be than disrupting the election process in America itself?

30 posted on 08/20/2009 9:07:27 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: A_Former_Democrat
“He almost considered resigning after being pressured to raise the terrorist threat level for political reasons”

Note that he not only didn't resign, he didn't even consider resigning. But he did ALMOST consider resigning. What does that even mean, anyway.

31 posted on 08/20/2009 9:09:20 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, this seals it for me. I am never voting for G.W. again! Ever! /s


32 posted on 08/20/2009 9:10:03 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (When, America?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Bush made a stunning number of bad appointments, and Ridge was one of them. Now he’s showing his gratitude for being promoted beyond his competence.


33 posted on 08/20/2009 9:10:26 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sub-Driver
in a new tell-all book

A book. It's ALWAYS in a new book.

34 posted on 08/20/2009 9:11:18 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Sub-Driver

A heightened terror alert was absolutely legitimate.

Anyone with half a brain should have been terrified at the prospect of Kerry in the White House.


35 posted on 08/20/2009 9:11:43 AM PDT by Jedidah ("Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana)
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To: Sub-Driver
Yet another book to add to my Will Never Read List. It might easier to keep a list of books I want to read...
36 posted on 08/20/2009 9:11:56 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: dinoparty

I wonder if he gives specific quotes of what was said to him, and by whom. If he does not, then I think he is not credible. Regardless, the MSM will blow it way out of proportion.

And subsequent polling should see Dumb O at -1


37 posted on 08/20/2009 9:12:08 AM PDT by stevecmd
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To: Zathras
What color is his book?

It comes with crayons so, the color is left up to the reader. I am making mine beige.

38 posted on 08/20/2009 9:12:55 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Sub-Driver
"wonderful........."

I think you mean RINOful.......
39 posted on 08/20/2009 9:13:11 AM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (I love my country, but I fear it, for it does not love me.)
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To: Sub-Driver

ANOTHER a**hole with a vendetta! ALWAYS didn’t trust the man - think Specter lite - but this really takes it...geez, Bushie sure could pick ‘em...


40 posted on 08/20/2009 9:13:15 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Zathras
What color is his book?

Must be, has to be YELLOW!

41 posted on 08/20/2009 9:13:34 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! The "other" Jim Thompson)
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To: dinoparty

This strikes me as entirely credible. There were times when it seemed obvious that the Bush White House was wagging the dog with elevated alert levels. What I find hard to believe is that there are still folks who believe that there are politicians who are above politics.


42 posted on 08/20/2009 9:13:50 AM PDT by DryFly
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To: Sub-Driver

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43 posted on 08/20/2009 9:15:05 AM PDT by roses of sharon (It is not actual suffering but a taste of better things which excites people to revolt: Hoffer)
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To: Sub-Driver

His blockbuster book will rate right up there with Shmoe Scarbourough an the best seller list...234th or so.


44 posted on 08/20/2009 9:15:51 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (!!)
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To: nikos1121

To stay relevant and make $$$ and go to DC cocktail parties? (sorry Barney...)


45 posted on 08/20/2009 9:16:21 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Sub-Driver
SPAIN
46 posted on 08/20/2009 9:17:47 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (FLAGGED)
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To: DryFly

Cynicism is fine, but its not evidence in itself. I think allegations still need to have actual evidence to support them.


47 posted on 08/20/2009 9:18:29 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: Sub-Driver

The passive voice (”was asked”) = bull****. Always.

You can prety much predict that the Left will lionize Ridge, at least for a while, now that he’s turned on President Bush like a rabid dog. For Ridge’s near-future career path, see Scott McClellan.

I regret having voted for Ridge once, and I’m proud to have voted third-party when he ran for re-election.


48 posted on 08/20/2009 9:20:26 AM PDT by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: EyeGuy

I understand the the state of Louisiana had, in years prior ro Katrina, received many Federal dollars to repair the flooding problem in New Orleans, but the LA gubmint chose to purchase an off shore gambling ship with the money, rather than make repairs.

Who is Zimmerman, and just WHO pressured Ridge to up the Alert? Has anyone read the book?


49 posted on 08/20/2009 9:22:12 AM PDT by Paperdoll (DL Hunter/S Palin or S Palin/DL Hunter 2012)
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To: Sub-Driver
He almost considered resigning after being pressured to raise the terrorist threat level for political reasons, U.S. News reports.

And Ridge says this in his book? I'll believe it when I see it.

50 posted on 08/20/2009 9:22:42 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Democrat - The Party of Bull Connor, slavery, Jim Crow laws, Obama and Suzanne Kosmas)
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