Of course we all knew this anyway, but it’s nice to have confirmation.
In a new book, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge reveals new details on politicization under President Bush, reports US News & World Report’s Paul Bedard. Among other things, Ridge admits that he was pressured to raise the terror alert to help Bush win re-election in 2004.
Ridge was never invited to sit in on National Security Council meetings; was “blindsided” by the FBI in morning Oval Office meetings because the agency withheld critical information from him; found his urgings to block Michael Brown from being named head of the emergency agency blamed for the Hurricane Katrina disaster ignored; and 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.
All moral questions notwithstanding, who’s going to pick up the bill for all the extra law enforcement officers deployed every time the alert level was raised? And remind me again, why aren’t Bush and Cheney in jail?
Olbermann Timeline: How The Bush Administration Exploited Terror Threats For Political Gain, 2002-2008 [via]