Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tom Ridge, the first Director of the 9/11-inspired Department of Homeland Security, has written a stunning tell-all autobiography titled, The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege...and How We Can Be Safe Again, available September 1st.
In the book, Ridge says he was never invited to attend National Security Council meetings, was “blindsided” by the FBI in morning Oval Office meetings because the agency withheld critical information from him, his urgings to block Michael Brown from being named head of the emergency agency blamed for the Hurricane Katrina disaster went ignored, and most shocking of all, Ridge says he was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush’s re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over.
This is an interesting admission to say the least. Dave Weigel, writing for the Washington Independent, notes that in the past, Ridge denied manipulating security information for political gain. For example, in 2004, Ridge he said, “We don’t do politics in the Department of Homeland Security.”