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Friday, July 09, 2004


Questions for Tom Ridge

From yesterday’s statement:

"Credible reporting now indicates that al-Qaida is moving forward with its plans to carry out a large-scale attack in the U.S. in an effort to disrupt our democratic process ... ," Ridge said. "We lack precise knowledge about time, place and method of attack. But along with (the CIA, the FBI) and other agencies, we are actively working to gain that knowledge."

Ahem. With all due respect, Mr. Ridge:

  1. Since you are merely asserting that you have “credible reporting,” without actually offering any evidence, why should we believe you?

  2. Specifically, given the administration’s track record with regard to intelligence matters, why should we treat this announcement as any more credible that the claim – to cite just one example – that Iraq had WMD?

  3. Even if we assume, for purposes of discussion, that your belief that such plans exist is correct, how is it that you are able to infer that the purpose of these plans is “to disrupt our democratic process?”

Just asking...

[Tresy over at Corrente offers up a "Shorter Tom Ridge: If we fail to keep you from getting killed between now and November, it will mean that we are winning the war on terror and deserve re-election."]


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