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Bush White House Pushed to Raise Terror Alerts on Eve of Re-election: Tom Ridge

Anyone surprised?

Former Bush Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is releasing a book on September 1 titled, The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege ... And How We Can Be Safe Again.U.S. News' Paul Bedard reports that, in the book, Ridge reveals that he considered resigning because he was urged to issue a politically-motivated security alert on the eve of Bush's re-election:

Among the headlines promoted by publisher Thomas Dunne Books: 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.
Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.
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