Tom Ridge: Bush Raised Terror Alerts for Political Gain

August 20, 2009

(ChattahBox)–Democrats have long believed that the Bush administration may have manipulated the color-coded terror alert system for political gain, but were attacked as unpatriotic for even suggesting it.

Now, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, is due to publish a “tell-all” book that makes the claim that former President Bush pressured Ridge to raise the terror alert on the eve of Bush’s re-election.

Ridge’s upcoming book entitled, “The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege…and How We Can Be Safe Again,” is an attempt to shake “public complacency” over security, said Ridge.

Among the juicy tell-all tidbits released by the publisher, Ridge claims that Bush’s push to raise the terror alert on the eve of the presidential re-election, was “politically motivated and worth resigning over.”

Ridge says he was a victim of agency turf wars and was excluded from National Security Council meetings, often becoming blindsided by the F.B.I., when the agency withheld important security information from him.

Ridge also claims he urged White House officials to not appoint Michael Brown, who later bungled the handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Ridge recently appeared on CNN, disagreeing with former Vice President Dick Cheney’s charges that President Obama’s policies made our country less safe.



4 Responses to “Tom Ridge: Bush Raised Terror Alerts for Political Gain”

  1. Tom Degan on August 21st, 2009 5:10 am

    Sure, they exploited America’s utter post 9/11 paranoia for the most base political reasons. Ridge’s book is not news. The only thing newsworthy is the fact that someone who was in the know is finally admitting it. He should have written his book five years ago.

    I knew what was going on in the hours leading up to the election of 2004. It was so freaking obvious, you had to be an idiot to miss it.

    On the first posting on my blog on June 2, 2006, I wrote the following:

    “PREDICTION: George W. Bush will be remembered in history, primarily, as the first (pray last) former chief executive to go to federal prison. Sound crazy? Stay tuned.:

    I stand by those words.

    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

  2. carly on August 21st, 2009 8:52 am

    How much more do we have to hear about the Bush administration abuses before someone is held accountable? terrorizing American citizens by changing the alert level calls for an immediate investigation , if true. There is a related post at

  3. Chris on August 21st, 2009 5:04 pm

    It is upsetting because terror alerts scare the public. This should have never been used to promote a political agenda.

  4. Will Carr on August 22nd, 2009 2:00 pm

    Tom Ridge, Richard Baer and Thomas Tweeten could shed searing light on Bush legacy…..

    Letter to Corpus Christi conservative talk show host Eric Von Wade…..

    Dear Eric,

    Pan Am 103 passenger Matthew Gannon was son in law of Thomas Tweeten. Both high ranking CIA operatives and agency administrators in the Middle East. You can read about them in Richard Baer’s book Sleeping With the Devil who tells us that Matthew Gannon was on his way home with the son of Oliver “Buck” Revell, General Deputy of the FBI and head of Counter Terrorism for the Bureau to press the question “why do rank and file CIA and FBI agents have nothing on the Moslem Brotherhood in their files?” Justice Department lawyer, John Loftus, himself an author, confirms Baer’s report. Baer reveals that higher-ups didn’t want the youngsters in the agency and bureau to know the truth about the Brotherhood’s role in American foreign policy. Our bulldogs turned on us, Eric, then flew right up our kazoo and dropped a big one. So did we go after them….in Saudi Arabia…where they had been living and funded? Heck NO! These were our boys gone a little bad. Let’s go to Iraq!

    Now, if you want a really scarry picture, picture this. When Federal District Judge John Howland Wood (Woodsboro, Bayside, Refugio) was murdered in San Antonio in the 80’s the press said it was the Mexican drug dealers the Chagra brother from El Paso that did it. Gary Cartwright (in Dirty Dealing, Texas Monthly reporter) show that the Chagras weren’t Mexicans at all but Syrian/Lebanese who for years had been a part of the weapons and drug dealers that line up along our border with Mexico and blend into the culture there. Were these our bulldogs gone bad as well?

    Tweeton’s son went down on Pan Am 103. Revell’s son was diverted from the flight at the last minute.

    The Scot’s, as I said on your program, are not afraid to send a message to empires. The British, ours, or any one elses. There is obviously more going on with the release of the Libyan than meets the eye and whether or not it is related to these sad facts, I cannot say, but the bodies of Gannon and the other Americans fell on their soil, not ours.

    Buck Revell’s protege in the FBI was Steve Pomerantz, husband of Karen Tandy, former DEA chief and sister of Colleen Tandy McHugh, CC attorney with Rudy Giuliani’s law firm.

    Why don’t you have a phone conversation on air with all these parties and let them hash it out. You might ask Mr. Ridge to be a part. It’ll get your highest ratings ever even among the truly conservative who along with many others are sick and tired of all it.

    Rev. William H. Carr
    former pastor of Oliver “Buck” Revell at
    Grace Presbyterian Church, Plano, TX.

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