Tom Ridge, former US Secretary of Homeland Security, has written in his new book that he was pressured by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft to "raise the terror alert to help Bush win re-election in 2004."
He explains that "Bush's approval ratings typically went up when the threat level was raised, adding that Ashcroft and Rumsfeld pushed to elevate it during a vigorous discussion."
After a number of former Bush administration officials called these claims "nonsense," Tom Ridge has decided to flip-flop on the issue, writes the USA Today.
He now says that this never happened and that he "did not mean to suggest that other top Bush administration officials were playing politics with the nation's security before the 2004 presidential election."
Unfortunatelly, his claim that he was pressured to raise terror alerts to help Bush win re-election in 2004 could not be taken out of the book before publication on September 1â€¦