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Thursday, August 20, 2009

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Rumsfeld and Aschcroft. Filthy, lying thugs.

Mr. Ashcroft could not be reached for comment. But Mark Corallo, who was his spokesman at the Justice Department, dismissed Mr. Ridge’s account. “Didn’t happen,” he said. “Now would be a good time for Mr. Ridge to use his emergency duct tape.”

Frances Fragos Townsend, who was Mr. Bush’s homeland security adviser, said that “there was a fulsome debate” about the threat level but that “the politics of it were not ever a factor.”

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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.”

The New York Times

Art,

Thanks for the link. I think Ridge has to explain his previous statements. He has certainly undermined his own credibility.

Althouse says it best. Ridge has a book to promote:

AND: The denials are predictable:

"Under no circumstance was Tom Ridge or anyone else directed to change the threat level... It didn’t work that way, and it certainly didn’t work that way in 2004. It was always an apolitical process."

Ridge "felt pressured." They didn't "direct." Everybody could be telling the (half) truth.

Half-truths are what politicians do best.

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