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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Tom Ridge asserts in a new book, due out in September, that in his position as Secretary of Homeland Security, he felt pressure from John Ashcroft and Donald Rumsfeld to raise the national security threat level one week prior to the '04 presidential election, even though no intelligence suggested a new attack and there was no support for that position within his department. Ridge suspected that some within the Bush administration were attempting to politicize the threat level, which he never did raise. He resigned weeks after the election. ...

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