Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says the Bush administration would raise terror alerts based on flimsy evidence. Mr Ridge says he often disagreed with other officials who wanted the alerts raised. He claims his Department was seldom behind raising the alerts, but that demands they be raised came from other parts of the Bush administration.
The Department came under fire last summer, raising the alert at key points in the Presidential campaign. Critics at the time claimed the alerts were aimed at stealing the thunder from the Democratic National Convention or to divert attention from other issues in the campaign.
The color coded alert system, never popular with the public, is targeted for retooling. (USAToday)