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Ridge Says Warning Was Not Political

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday the warnings that he gave the public last week about a possible terror attack before the elections have nothing to do with politics. “We don’t do politics at Homeland Security,” Ridge said at a press conference, adding that the department’s job is to transmit credible information to the public. Those who suggest otherwise have reached “rather cynical” conclusions, he said. With the Boston Harbor behind him, the secretary made the comments after touring the Democratic National Convention site and the security operation command centers. At the first political convention after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, counterterrorism officials have set out to make the Democratic gathering a display of security, using both human and technical tools. “Our goal is to deter any potential attack with multiple layers of security,” Ridge said. Full Story

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