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    Re: Ridge accuses Bush White House of political use of terror alert system

    Quote Originally Posted by moe View Post
    These charges were made long ago against the Bush white house. Back when every one was accusing them of using fear tactics to control the US population. Nobody really really payed much attention to those making those accusations then. Maybe this is the first time somebody from the bush admin has broken ranks and actually confirmed it.


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    And maybe he just wants to sell his book.

    And maybe as someone said, the terrorists would have liked to have disrupted that election, so raising the threat level made perfect sense.
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    Re: Ridge accuses Bush White House of political use of terror alert system

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    Should we all be reminded that the Bush Administration ultimately did not raise the terror alert level?

    Ridge refused which is ultimately why it did not happen. But he did not refuse every time he was “pressured” into raising the alert level.

    Former Bush aide says politics colored US 'terror alert' - Yahoo! News
    "The reports that have led to this alert are the result of offensive intelligence and military operations overseas, as well as strong partnerships with our allies around the world, such as Pakistan," said Ridge.
    "Such operations and partnerships give us insight into the enemy so we can better target our defensive measures here and away from home," he said at the time.
    He later publicly acknowledged that much of the information underpinning the new alert was three years old, stoking Bush critics' charges of political manipulation.

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    Re: Ridge accuses Bush White House of political use of terror alert system

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe1991 View Post
    No this was just another dung brick in the huge wall of ****.

    How many Bush administration guys have come out about how crooked his administration was?
    ZERO; there have never been any proven allegations of crookedness or corruption which is why this belongs in the conspiracy theory category.


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    Re: Ridge accuses Bush White House of political use of terror alert system

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    1. Never saying you were. I don't hit below the belt

    2. PolitiFact | The Obameter: Tracking Barack Obama's Campaign Promises

    You can't expect any politician to be held accountable for everything he has said.
    Especially if that politician is a Liberal Democrat. Right?
    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    So there is absolutely no evidence this woman, whom you called a slut, did this but you are ready to take someone's word as evidence. Guess you don't think witch hunts have to end when it's going after the certain people.

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    Re: Ridge accuses Bush White House of political use of terror alert system

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    Oh, I'm sorry, were you aware of information that Tom Ridge was not? Do tell!
    If it was common knowledge, Ridge would have had access to it, plus information that was less than common, and you and I have probably never heard.

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    Re: Ridge accuses Bush White House of political use of terror alert system

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Especially if that politician is a Liberal Democrat. Right?
    Way to put words into some ones mouth.

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    Re: Ridge accuses Bush White House of political use of terror alert system

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Way to put words into some ones mouth.
    I wasn't talking to you, so don't worry about it.
    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    So there is absolutely no evidence this woman, whom you called a slut, did this but you are ready to take someone's word as evidence. Guess you don't think witch hunts have to end when it's going after the certain people.

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    Re: Ridge accuses Bush White House of political use of terror alert system

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I wasn't talking to you, so don't worry about it.
    You where talking on a public board, so the public is allowed to comment.

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    Re: Ridge accuses Bush White House of political use of terror alert system

    It appears that either Ridge may have been lieing, or he isn't really sure of what went on.

    Top officials from the George W. Bush White House are disputing claims in former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge’s coming book that they pressured him to adjust the terror threat level for political gain.


    “We went over backwards repeatedly and with great discipline to make sure politics did not influence any national security and homeland security decisions,” former White House chief of staff Andy Card told POLITICO. “The clear instructions were to make sure politics never influenced anything.”


    George W. Bush vets dismiss Tom Ridge claims - Andy Barr - POLITICO.com

    “There was absolutely no support for that position within our department. None,” he writes. “I wondered, ‘Is this about security or politics?’ Post-election analysis demonstrated a significant increase in the president’s approval rating in the days after the raising of the threat level.”

    Mr. Ridge provides no evidence that politics motivated the discussion. Until now, he has denied politics played a role in threat levels. Asked by Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times if politics ever influenced decisions on threat warnings, he volunteered to take a lie-detector test. “Wire me up,” Mr. Ridge said, according to Mr. Lichtblau’s book, “Bush’s Law.” “Not a chance. Politics played no part.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/21/us...e.html?_r=2&hp
    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    So there is absolutely no evidence this woman, whom you called a slut, did this but you are ready to take someone's word as evidence. Guess you don't think witch hunts have to end when it's going after the certain people.

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    Re: Ridge accuses Bush White House of political use of terror alert system

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    You where talking on a public board, so the public is allowed to comment.
    There's also a rule against harrassment, I believe. Maybe you should check it out since you're so anal about the rules?
    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    So there is absolutely no evidence this woman, whom you called a slut, did this but you are ready to take someone's word as evidence. Guess you don't think witch hunts have to end when it's going after the certain people.

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