❄ ADMINISTRATION ORDERED FLIMSY ORANGE ALERTS
Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security, told a Washington forum that, according to USA Today
The Bush administration periodically put the USA on high alert for terrorist attacks even though then-Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge argued there was only flimsy evidence to justify raising the threat level, Ridge now says.
Ridge, who resigned Feb. 1, said Tuesday that he often disagreed with administration officials who wanted to elevate the threat level to orange, or high risk of terrorist attack, but was overruled. [Note 1]
USA Today explains that the alert level is raised if a majority of the Presidents Homeland Security Advisory Council favors it and President Bush concurs.
[Note 1] Mimi Hall, USA Today, 10 May 2005. http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-05-10-ridge-alerts_x.htm The USA Today report was also cited by Frank Rich, The New York Times, 29 May 2005.)
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