Thursday, May 12, 2005

Surely politics wasn't involved

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Tuesday that other Bush administration officials often raised the color-coded terrorism alert level from yellow to orange despite his objections that the intelligence didn't justify the changes. "There were times when some people were really aggressive about raising it, and we said, 'For that?'" Ridge said during a Washington forum.

The unanswered questions, of course, are which people were "really aggressive about raising it" and why. I'd hate to think any executive officials would play politics with terrorism alerts.


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