Ridge: I Was Pressured to Raise Terror Alert Level Before '04 Election
Olivier Knox, Agence France-Presse: "Former US homeland security chief Tom Ridge charges in a new book that top aides to then-president George W. Bush pressured him to raise the 'terror alert' level to sway the November 2004 US election. Then defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and attorney general John Ashcroft pushed him to elevate the color-coded threat level, but Ridge refused, according to a summary from his publisher, Thomas Dunne Books."
I am pleasantly surprised to hear that someone resisted pressure to falsify the terror measure. Such measures are usually falsified early and often.