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Thursday, October 21

Ridge and Rice Politicize Security

From the Daily Misleader

"Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge told reporters, "we don't do politics in the Department of Homeland Security."1 But a new analysis by the Associated Press reveals that the travel schedule of Ridge and other top DHS officials are influenced by political considerations.

According to the report, in the past seven months nearly three-fifths of Ridge's travel has been to "the 17 states considered the most hotly contested in the presidential election."2 In the same time period, 22 senior officials "did nearly half their public events in those 17 states."3 Sue Mencer, who heads the Office of Domestic Preparedness for DHS, recently traveled to Ohio - a key battleground state - "to deliver a grant that had been awarded weeks earlier."4

National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice has also "traveled across the country making speeches in key battleground states, including Oregon, Washington, North Carolina and Ohio."5 In the next few days "she also plans speeches in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida."6 White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan denied the appearances were politically motivated.7 "

(The numbers in the piece refer to sources which can be found at the web site)

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