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Tom Ridge flip-flops about raising terror alerts to help Bush win re-election in 2004
Gather ^ | 8/31/09 | Savo Heleta

Posted on 09/01/2009 3:55:05 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta

Tom Ridge, former US Secretary of Homeland Security, has written in his new book that he was pressured by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft to "raise the terror alert to help Bush win re-election in 2004."

He explains that "Bush's approval ratings typically went up when the threat level was raised, adding that Ashcroft and Rumsfeld pushed to elevate it during a vigorous discussion."

After a number of former Bush administration officials called these claims "nonsense," Tom Ridge has decided to flip-flop on the issue, writes the USA Today.

He now says that this never happened and that he "did not mean to suggest that other top Bush administration officials were playing politics with the nation's security before the 2004 presidential election."

Unfortunately, his claim that he was pressured to raise terror alerts to help Bush win re-election in 2004 could not be taken out of the book before publication on September 1…


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; hhs; memoir; tomridge

1 posted on 09/01/2009 3:55:06 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
He now says that this never happened and that he "did not mean to suggest that other top Bush administration officials were playing politics with the nation's security before the 2004 presidential election."

Unfortunately, his claim that he was pressured to raise terror alerts to help Bush win re-election in 2004 could not be taken out of the book before publication on September 1…

2 posted on 09/01/2009 3:56:07 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

You can always count on at least one RINO to rear its head just when things are going good.


3 posted on 09/01/2009 3:56:32 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (!!)
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To: screaminsunshine

I agree. What is wrong with this man! You never see democrats turning on their people like this.


4 posted on 09/01/2009 3:57:54 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Simple..he is a bona-fide RINO. McCains best buddy.


5 posted on 09/01/2009 3:58:56 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (!!)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

It sells books.


6 posted on 09/01/2009 3:59:22 AM PDT by hope
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To: screaminsunshine

Tom Ridge changes his tune on terror threats

http://www.capitolhillblue.com/node/19507


7 posted on 09/01/2009 4:00:00 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: hope

Conservatives are the people who actually buy books, so I predict this book will flop.

Democrats are too busy watching mind-numbing tv shows to buy books.


8 posted on 09/01/2009 4:01:48 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft were “Ridged”:–verb (used with object), -stabbed, -stab bing. to attempt to discredit (a person) by underhanded means, as innuendo, accusation, or the like.


9 posted on 09/01/2009 4:02:41 AM PDT by tommyboy
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To: tommyboy

‘Ridged’ is a good word.

Ridge Backtracks On Politics Of Threat Levels
http://politics.theatlantic.com/2009/08/ridge_backtracks_on_politics_of_threat_levels.php


10 posted on 09/01/2009 4:04:50 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: hope

His book should be called “The Rantings of a RINO”!


11 posted on 09/01/2009 4:07:45 AM PDT by kempster
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Ridge, former Democrat governor of Pennsylvania.....that gives a sense of his true allegence. Party first, followed by their huge egos. Everything else is far, far behind.


12 posted on 09/01/2009 4:07:45 AM PDT by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Ridge was going down the tubes and Bush raised him up. This is how Ridge repays loyalty. Backstabbing pr!ck.


13 posted on 09/01/2009 4:08:09 AM PDT by MestaMachine (One if by land, 2 if by sea, 3 if by Air Force 1.)
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“Brightpoint Appoints Tom Ridge as New Director”

“Brightpoint, Inc. announced today that the board of directors has appointed the Honorable Tom Ridge to serve as a Class III director.

Mr. Ridge is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ridge Global, an international strategic consulting firm, headquartered in Washington, DC.

Brightpoint, Inc. is a global leader in the distribution of wireless devices and in providing customized logistic services to the wireless industry.

In 2008, Brightpoint handled approximately 84 million wireless devices globally.”

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/brightpoint-appoints-tom-ridge-as-new-director-2009-09-01


14 posted on 09/01/2009 4:08:57 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: TMA62

Infortunately he was my governor.


15 posted on 09/01/2009 4:09:44 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Tom Ridge who?


16 posted on 09/01/2009 4:11:13 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Liberals feed on dead Senators and babies)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

He is a commie along with Mccain notice all of the leftists citing Mccains comments on torture to atttack prior administration not a coincidence.
Mccain has the balls to patronize people at the town halls once again after saying before the election that Obama is not radical now instead of apologizing and doing all he can to fight for this nations freedoms he doubles down and says he supports the constitution just has different opinions. Rigde Graham Mccain Hatch have sold out along with many others their enemy are conservatives not communism.


17 posted on 09/01/2009 4:13:00 AM PDT by Three if by government
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To: MestaMachine

“Now Ridge is seeking to calm a week-long media frenzy over his remarks. In an interview on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ – part of a publicity tour for the book – he said he was surprised that people ‘are hyperventilating.”

http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2009/08/31/ridge-stop-hyperventilating-about-those-2004-terror-alerts/


18 posted on 09/01/2009 4:13:46 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

There is no point in asking Ridge why he didn’t do the ethical thing and simply resign when he was “pushed to elevate” the ratings, even though he presumably knew it was wrong and potentially illegal.

Like most politicians and lobbyists in DC, Tom Ridge is an irredeemable sleazebag.

He also thought Specter’s flip back to the Rats was a big hoot, and was chuckling and coy about whether he would or would not support his fellow Pennsylvanian in the future.


19 posted on 09/01/2009 4:14:35 AM PDT by angkor (The U.S. Congress is at war with America.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

You can tell much about a man by his hair. In the case of Tom Ridge, I can tell that he has spent a good part of his life in front of a mirror with a comb testing hair products.


20 posted on 09/01/2009 4:14:46 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Three if by government

McCain always goes out of his way to be polite to democrats. You think he’d have learned his lesson after what they did to him in the election.


21 posted on 09/01/2009 4:15:28 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: angkor

Ridge just wants to be ‘friends’ with everyone, including specter.


22 posted on 09/01/2009 4:16:52 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: MestaMachine

(I also live in PA, but not near Phila)

“Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, will be speaking in Philadelphia this week on Thursday, September 3. The politician is currently promoting his new book “The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege...And How We Can Be Safe Again”— a memoir about his time spent as Secretary of Homeland Security for the Bush Administration.”

http://www.phillyburbs.com/opinions/blogs/burbsblogs/news_politics_blog/news_politics_blog_details/article/420/2009/august/31/tom-ridge-at-free-library-on-september-3.html


23 posted on 09/01/2009 4:20:28 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
tom is branded a liar for the rest of History... if he lies... he steals... if he steals... he cheats... therefore he is a liar... cheater and thief... and an uber LIBERAL!

LLS

24 posted on 09/01/2009 4:33:38 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Not only him. They are trotting out Dole too. Sahrah busts open the Crat offensive and here come the RINOS trying to drop the ball...Pathetic.


25 posted on 09/01/2009 4:46:42 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (!!)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Making the tour on Fox...on now with the Friends.


26 posted on 09/01/2009 4:48:40 AM PDT by Miss Didi ( "After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I never ever trusted that slimy weasel Ridge.


27 posted on 09/01/2009 5:07:45 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: LibLieSlayer

I know...


28 posted on 09/01/2009 5:26:35 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: screaminsunshine

It is pathetic...


29 posted on 09/01/2009 5:27:10 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Travis McGee

You were wise...


30 posted on 09/01/2009 5:27:43 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I know that you do but I just had to say it.

LLS


31 posted on 09/01/2009 6:58:02 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Glad to meet a fellow PA Conservative. I hope there are a lot more of us after the bama horror show.
I don’t live near Philly either, thank GOD. I am as far over in the southwestern corner as I could get without tripping over either the WVA or Maryland border and as far back in the woods as I could get without running face first into a mountainside.
Heaven.
I can go up to the strip mines and shoot all day long and no one says squat.
But enough about me.
I saw Ridge on FandF this morning and could not believe what an ugly critter he turned into. (Not that he was ever that pretty anyway.) He looked like a fat old pug. Bob Dole was on and HE looked better than Ridge.
Ridge was shifty. he never looked anyone in the eye. Never looked at the camera. Kept looking at some invisible thing somewhere because he was SOOOO busted.
Now if we can get Spectre out and Toomey in, lose Fast Eddie and work on losing Casey, we’ll be good. I would add that if NJ would annex Philadelphia, we would be even better. NJ is more Philly’s style anyway.


32 posted on 09/01/2009 9:58:16 AM PDT by MestaMachine (One if by land, 2 if by sea, 3 if by Air Force 1.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

:)


33 posted on 09/01/2009 12:08:16 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: MestaMachine

I’m about 25 miles from NJ, but 60 miles north of Phila.

I’m sorry to say that I know people who voted for rendell.


34 posted on 09/01/2009 12:10:37 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Yeah. He won, didn’t he. Bah...
I worked for Lynn Swann. Never got the state republican backing he should have gotten. The PA Republican Party is RINO driven. They get on my last nerve.


35 posted on 09/01/2009 12:20:32 PM PDT by MestaMachine (One if by land, 2 if by sea, 3 if by Air Force 1.)
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To: TMA62
Ridge, former Democrat governor of Pennsylvania...

Ridge was a Republican governor... and congressman too. Also a Vietnam combat vet -- an enlisted man.

He is not quite Conservative enough for me for national office, but as governor, he did a half decent job --- far better than the Philadelphia hustler, Fast Eddie Rendell, who replaced him and has done nothing but raise taxes and break the budget.

I see this as a typical publishers hype to sell books. Look at the quote carfully. He never says it was political pressure. He says he wondered if it could be.

That crap is in there just to get attention to boost sales.

36 posted on 09/01/2009 12:23:49 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: Ditto

Then I think I am confusing him with Caine(?) Was he a Dem Senator from Pa who was not allowed to speak at the ‘92 DNC convention because of his pro-life views?


37 posted on 09/01/2009 12:35:33 PM PDT by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: TMA62

The elder Casey (D) was not allowed to speak because he was pro-life.


38 posted on 09/01/2009 12:54:43 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: TMA62
That was Democrat Gov. Bob Casey Sr. His son, Bob Casey Jr. is now the Rat senator for PA. He claims to be pro-life as well, but I doubt that if push came to shove, he would vote that way. His dad was a fiscal liberal, but socially conservative (i.e. pro-life). Ridge was just the opposite ... fiscal conservative but socially liberal (i.e. pro-abortion)
39 posted on 09/01/2009 12:59:41 PM PDT by Ditto
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