Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, who was our first Homeland Security Secretary under President Bush, has revealed that politics played a role in raising the threat level in the 2004 Presidential campaign of President Bush.
Ridge saw no need to raise the threat level shortly before the 2004 Presidential campaign, but was challenged by Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, and John Ashcroft, Attorney General at the time. There was a heated discussion, and it convinced Ridge to leave the government after the election. The threat level was not raised then, but it had been a few days after John Kerry’s nomination for President.
There were many observers at the time who believed the threat level issue was used for political gain, and now it has been proved.
This is another example of the corruption and political manipulation utilized by the Bush administration on a regular basis, despite many denials. It is all fits the image of the Bush presidency as one of deception and lies on a massive scale.