Remember the chart that showed the relationship between Bush's approval rating and terror alters? Now Tom Ridge himself has said there was massive outside pressure from the White House to raise the terror alert despite flimsy evidence:
"More often than not we were the least inclined to raise it," Ridge told reporters. "Sometimes we disagreed with the intelligence assessment. Sometimes we thought even if the intelligence was good, you don't necessarily put the country on (alert). ... There were times when some people were really aggressive about raising it, and we said, 'For that?' "Once again, the critics were right.