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August 21, 2009


NY Daily News - Top advisers to George W. Bush pressed for a politically-motivated terror alert a few days before the 2004 election, ex-Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge charges in a new book. . . "Ashcroft strongly urged an increase in the threat level and was supported by Rumsfeld," Ridge writes in the book due out Sept. 1 by St. Martin's Press. No intelligence hinted of a new attack. Ridge aides objected to the White House and no change was made to the threat level. Mark Corallo, Ashcroft's spokesman in 2004, denied the ex-AG played politics with national security, and said Ridge should "use his emergency duct tape" on himself. But exhaustive research by the Daily News in 2004 found that Ashcroft's Justice Department rolled out terrorism announcements frequently to give Bush a boost in the polls against Democrat John Kerry.


Anonymous Chris R said...

This book is just as bad as OJ's "If I Did It" book.

He should be arrested for his role in what was done to our country in the name of patriotism.

They make sick

August 21, 2009 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Ronk said...

This is not a revelation, It is a confirmation of something most of us already knew.

Why he is still a free man is beyond me.

August 21, 2009 12:19 PM  
Blogger m said...

What does it take to start prosecuting these thugs?

August 21, 2009 8:00 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

It'll take us all getting together, M.

August 23, 2009 3:48 PM  

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