Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Didn't we say something about this?

Tom Ridge, former Homeland Security secretary, told USA Today that the administration often overruled him on raising the terror alert level. Since Ridge was the guy sent out to say there was no political motivation on it, he's best to know what really went on. And he's saying that they often raised the level unnecessarily.

Ridge said he wanted to “debunk the myth” that his agency was responsible for repeatedly raising the alert under a color-coded system he unveiled in 2002.
“More often than not, we were the least inclined to raise it,” Ridge told reporters. “Sometimes we disagreed with the intelligence assessment. Sometimes we thought even if the intelligence was good, you don't necessarily put the country on (alert). … There were times when some people were really aggressive about raising it, and we said, ‘For that?' ”

Since USA Today is the McDonald's of news, there wasn't a lot of detail. But still, doesn't this raise a lot of questions about how this administration is handling our security?


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