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Ridge: Stop 'hyperventilating' about those 2004 terror alerts

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It's a little like screaming fire in a crowded theater, and then blaming the patrons for running for the doors.

Earlier this month, Tom Ridge, the first head of the Department of Homeland Security and the former Republican governor of Pennsylvania, said he was pressured in 2004 by top Bush administration officials to raise the terror alert levels. Ridge's claims, which will be published in a forthcoming book titled "The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege... And How We Can Be Safe Again," confirmed a longstanding fear among progressives: that Republicans played politics with the war on terror.

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