Skip to comments.Politicizing The Terror Alerts
Posted on 08/20/2009 12:08:14 PM PDT by steve-b
Tom Ridge confirms a long-held suspicion among Bush critics, writing in his new autobiography that he "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."...
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Are we to believe that in general there is no threat of terrorism during an election? Further, wasn’t this the same election where OBL made a frightening appearance on behalf of the Kerry campaign? Pfffft. BFD.
Uh, DID he resign over it?
Simply look at Afghanistan over the past two days leading up to their election.
It’s sure starting to look like Bush isn’t going to run in 2012.
yes, there are some on FR who denigrate the reality of Terrorism to justify their anti war mentality.
Tom Ridge is a valuable reminder that Compassionate Conservatism attracts worthless RINOs like Ridge and steve-b. This little lie is so illogical as to border on fatal stupidity.
For some reason your comment brought to mind all of steve-b’s “waterboarding = torture” posts from the (not too distant) past.
October 30, 2004
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- US Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Saturday there was no plan to raise the national terror threat level in response to the broadcast of a videotape of Osama bin Laden.
Ridge said there had been no specific information indicating possible terrorist attacks, and state and local officials have already stepped up security measures as planned to safeguard the election.
"We don't have to go to orange to take action in response either to these tapes or just general action to improve security around the country," he said.
Ridge said the Homeland Security Department and the FBI issued a bulletin to local and state officials late Friday, but had no plan at the moment to raise the threat level at the federal level.
But Ridge stressed that his department reserve the right to raise the alert level. American intelligence agencies were still analyzing the videotape, which was broadcast on Al Jazeera on Friday, to determine whether bin Laden's speech contained hidden messages or clues about a possible future attack against the United States. Enditem
Tom Ridge is a constant reminder that we fight this war on liberalism on two fronts.
JIHAD WATCH.org: "NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY PROF LIKENS 9/11 HIJACKERS TO AMERICAN FOUNDING FATHERS" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "In this fiendishly obscene essay, Professor Shahid Alam of Northeastern University portrays the mass-murdering thugs of 9/11 as heroes on the order of the American patriots of Lexington and Concord.") (December 30, 2004)
MEMRI.org - Special Dispatch Series - No. 837: "Osama Bin Laden to the Iraqi People:It Is Forbidden to Participate in Iraqi & PA Elections; Jihad in Palestine and Iraq is Incumbent upon Residents of All Muslim Countries, Not Just Iraqis and Palestinians; Zarqawi is the Commander of Al-Qa'ida in Iraq" (December 30, 2004)
CS MONITOR.com: "WHEN BULLETS FLY, SOME FIRMS SWOOP IN" by Clayton Collins (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The head of Rapaport Group - an international network of companies that grade and trade diamonds - he had already begun laying the groundwork for an international agreement aiming to end the sale of "conflict diamonds," which bankroll wars and terrorists.") (December 27, 2004)
TREAS.gov - From The Office of Public Affairs - JS-2164: "U.S. TREASURY DESIGNATES TWO INDIVIDUALS WITH TIES TO AL QAIDA, UBL Former BIF Leader and al-Qaida Associate Named Under E.O. 13224" (PRESS RELEASE SNIPPET: "The U.S Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of Adel Abdul Jalil Batterjee and Saad Rashed Mohammad al-Faqih for providing financial and material support to al Qaida and Usama bin Laden (UBL). The U.S. is submitting both names to the United Nations 1267 Committee, which will consider adding them to the consolidated list of terrorists tied to al Qaida, UBL and the Taliban.Ê Batterjee and al-Faqih are not linked to each other.")(December 21, 2004)
EXPATICA.com: "GERMAN REPORT: "ATTACK BIGGER THAN 9/11 PLANNED" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "BERLIN - Iraq-based al-Qaeda terrorist Abu Mussab al- Zarkawi is planning a terror strike of greater magnitude than the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York and Washington, according to a German newspaper report published on Monday.") (December 13, 2004)
THE AUSTRALIAN.news.com.au (THE SUNDAY TIMES, AP, AFP): "ZARQAWI TARGETS EUROPE FOR TERROR" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The most wanted terrorist in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is recruiting cell members in Britain and Europe.") (December 13, 2004)
FOX NEWS.com: London - "MUSLIM EXTREMISTS PREACH VIOLENCE IN EUROPE" by Steve Harrigan (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "He's called Sheik Terra. With a Koran in one hand and pistol in the other, the British rapper calls for the murder of non-Muslims, including several world leaders, on a videotape.") (November 29, 2004)
WorldNetDaily.com: "BIN LADEN BEDAZZLED SADDAM WITH JEWEL $60 Million Pearl of Allah 'evidence of al-Qaida link'" by Aaron Klein (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Barbish said, "In spite of ongoing investigations, I just couldn't sit back and listen to these lies about our government and President Bush. There was a connection between Saddam Hussein and bin Laden. Bin Laden tried to purchase my pearl as a gift to Saddam, and Saddam wanted to accept it, and I want the truth to get out there."") (October 29, 2004)
DEFENSElink.mil - AMERICAN FORCES INFORMATION SERVICE: Alexandria, VA. - "CHAIRMAN POSES QUESTION TO COUNTERTERROR EXPERTS" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "As the United States continues the global war on terrorism, the question officials should ask is, "Are we being as bold and innovative as we need to be?" Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, posed the question to officials attending a counterterrorism conference here recently.") (September 27, 2004) (Read More...)
JIHAD WATCH.org (MEMRI.org): "Syrian Professor: 'We Need People Who are Capable of Fearlessly Acknowledging that Terrorism Nests within Us as Muslims and that We Must Exorcise It'" (September 21, 2004)
WASHINGTON TIMES.com: "AL QAEDA SEEN PLANNING FOR 'SPETACULAR' ATTACK" by Bill Gertz (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Officials said recent intelligence assessments of the group, which is blamed for the September 11 attacks, state that an attack is coming and that the danger will remain high until the Nov. 2 elections and last until Inauguration Day on Jan. 20.") (September 21, 2004)
MEMRI.org - MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE - Special Dispatch Series No. 785: "AL-ZARQAWI'S MESSAGE TO THE FIGHTERS OF JIHAD IN IRAQ ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2004" (September 15, 2004)
INTERNET HAGANAH.US (AFP): "'PEACEFUL' CHINESE MUSLIMS ADMIRE BIN LADEN" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Wen Deyuan, a Muslim trader from China's northwest, approaches the third anniversary of the September 11 attacks with his faith unshaken in the purity of the man who destroyed the Twin Towers. "Osama bin Laden is a national hero," the 33-year-old said after attending prayer at the Central Mosque in Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia region, which is formally autonomous and ruled by the Huis, China's largest Islamic minority. "What he did was an act of devotion, and not for personal benefit, unlike the United States which has made itself the real terrorist by attacking Iraq."") (September 10, 2004)
WASHINGTON TIMES.com - OpEd: "'WOUNDED' MASKS HORROR" by Louis Rene Beres and Michael L. Messing (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The Palestinian martyr's unheroic weapon has now literally and figuratively penetrated the hearts and souls, as well as the bodies, of an entire nation. Too often, media are unable or unwilling to transmit the full human meanings of such penetration. The result has been that too few people are able to comprehend the true horrors caused by Palestinian suicide bombers. Hearing the lamentations of its citizens -- agonized cries that no people should ever be made to utter -- the State of Israel now has an obligation to listen closely and to defend itself. Here in the United States we should also be attentive. As we already know, we, too, are not immune to suicide terror attacks.") (September 8, 2004) (Read More...)
MEMRI.org - MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE - Special Dispatch Series - No. 778: "LONDON CONVENTION WILL CELEBRATE 9/11" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported that the extremist Islamic movement Al-Muhajiroun had announced a convention in London, titled "The Choice is in Your Hands: Either You're with the Muslims or with the Infidels," to mark the third anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The organization had planned a similar anniversary event a year ago, called "The Magnificent 19 [Suicide Attackers]," but had cancelled it at the last minute. The following is a summary of the report" (September 3, 2004)
SIFY.com: Dubai - "TALIBAN VOW 'FLOOD OF JIHAD' IN US" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Afghanistan's Taliban fighters threatened on Thursday to kill US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and vowed 'a flood of jihad' gainst the Americans, in a statement posted on their website.") (August 26, 2004) (Note: This url may expire.)