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Gov. Tom Ridge

Self Description

May 2005: ""On October 8, 2001, Tom Ridge was sworn in as the first Office of Homeland Security Advisor in the history of the United States of America. In the words of President George W. Bush, he had the strength, experience, personal commitment and authority to accomplish this critical mission....Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania, serving from 1995 to 2001. He kept his promise to make Pennsylvania "a leader among states and a competitor among nations." Governor Ridge's aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state's advances in the priority areas of economic development, education, health and the environment.

Third-Party Descriptions

August 2009: "But in a forthcoming book, Ridge says he decided to quit after two of President George W. Bush's top lieutenants pressed Ridge to raise the terror-alert level to a scarier color for what he suspected were political reasons."

August 2009: '“Ridge also charges that he was often ‘blindsided’ during daily morning briefings with Bush because the FBI withheld information from him, and says he was never invited to sit in on National Security Council meetings,” reports AFP.'

June 2008: "A Virginia judge on Tuesday approved an $11 million settlement from the state to the families of victims killed or injured in last year's Virginia Tech shootings....While criticizing the university response, the panel -- which included former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge -- also said quicker action by school officials may not have made a difference."

May 2005: Submitted Resignation from Department of Homeland Security 12/1/2004.

May 2005: As chief of the Homeland Security Department, Ridge grew frustrated by the drumbeat of bad news contained in the audits, particularly from his department's own office of inspector general, according to Ervin. Twice last year, Ridge summoned the inspector general to his office to complain about his reports, according to Ervin.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Organization May 22, 2005
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Pennsylvania (State Government) Organization May 22, 2005
Member of (past or present) Republican Party (U.S.) / Republican National Committee Organization Jun 21, 2008
Supervisor of (past or present) Frank Cilluffo Person Sep 15, 2006
Supervisor of (past or present) Gov. Tom Corbett Esq. Person Jul 23, 2012

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Mar 16, 2011 Panel: Don't treat fliers like terrorists

QUOTE: If implemented, the recommendations could shorten wait times at security checkpoints and allow the Transportation Security Administration to screen passengers based on risk...Right now, "everyone who checks in is treated as a potential terrorist," said Tom Ridge... The group called it a "one-size-fits-all solution" in which children and the elderly can be pulled aside for extra screening.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 22, 2009 Ridge's Telling Tale, or Just Another Tell-All?

QUOTE: There is something about the Beltway culture that seems to discourage protest resignations. Instead, the well-worn path is to collect your grievances, find a publisher, hit the talk-show circuit and recast yourself as a painfully honest critic of the administration you once saluted.

Washington Post
Aug 20, 2009 Tom Ridge kisses and tells on Bush’s ‘terror levels’ (The Vote Blog)

QUOTE: [former head of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge] says two top Bush officials – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft – pressured him to up the terror alert level before the 2004 election...

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 17, 2008 Virginia Tech families win $11 million settlement from state

QUOTE: The 24 victims included in the settlement were among the 32 killed by Seung-Hui Cho's April 16, 2007, shooting rampage. The settlement also compensates 18 people injured. "The commonwealth has endeavored to meet the needs and concerns of the victims, including family members, through both monetary and non-monetary provisions," said Chief Deputy Attorney General William C. Mims.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 22, 2005 Contracting Rush For Security Led To Waste, Abuse

QUOTE: Billions of dollars were spent to protect Americans with improved passenger screening, bomb-detection machines at airports, radiation monitors at ports and computer networks to identify suspected terrorists at the borders.... But the government's internal audits have repeatedly questioned the cost and effectiveness of the equipment and security systems bought from corporations that received a torrent of money under loosened regulations, limited oversight and tight congressional deadlines.

Washington Post
Apr 13, 2005 Security Spending Initiates Disputes: Lawmakers to Debate How to Split Funds Among States, Cities

QUOTE: Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, legislators from rural and sparsely populated areas have succeeded in arguing that their states should be guaranteed some portion of the money. But elected officials from states such as New York, as well as the Bush administration, have long argued that funds should be apportioned according to the terrorism risk.

Washington Post
Jan 27, 2005 Civil Service System on Way Out at DHS: White House Wants All Agencies to Have Option of Setting Own Personnel Policies

QUOTE: The Bush administration unveiled a new personnel system for the Department of Homeland Security yesterday that will dramatically change the way workers are paid, promoted, deployed and disciplined -- and soon the White House will ask Congress to grant all federal agencies similar authority to rewrite civil service rules governing their employees.

Washington Post
Aug 03, 2004 Intelligence Chief Without Power? Support Leaves Questions

QUOTE: Democrats said that in keeping the authority of the new intelligence chief vague, Mr. Bush was seeking to avoid a major blowup with Congress and the Pentagon before the election...

New York Times
Aug 03, 2004 Street Closing Irks D.C. Leaders

QUOTE: D.C. officials blasted the Capitol Hill action, saying the closure and checkpoints would lead to gridlock and send the wrong message to tourists and residents.

Jun 30, 2004 Two-Faced Chechnya Policy

QUOTE: Foreign policy, as we all know, is controlled by what the British call the Great and the Good: senior judges and top ambassadors, senators and presidents, and famous names and famous faces. Yet if you dig beneath the front-page stories, the answer is different.

Washington Post
May 16, 2004 Pioneers Fill War Chest, Then Capitalize

QUOTE: Of the 246 fundraisers [for Bush] identified by The Post as Pioneers in the 2000 campaign, 104 -- or slightly more than 40 percent -- ended up in a job or an appointment.

Washington Post
Jan 18, 2004 A Dishonest War

QUOTE: The most fundamental decision a president ever makes is the decision to go to war. President Bush violated the trust that must exist between government and the people.

Washington Post
Jul 30, 2003 State high court asked to void gay-rights order by Napolitano

QUOTE: Gov. Janet Napolitano illegally stripped power from the Legislature when she issued an executive order guaranteeing equal employment rights for gays in state agencies, according to a petition filed in the Arizona Supreme Court.

Arizona Republic
Jul 03, 2002 Freedom of Information Under Attack

QUOTE: Trauma from the worst civilian loss of life on American soil and the resultant "war on terrorism" without borders have all contributed to an historic assault on openness and the public's access to information by government officials at all levels.

Center for Public Integrity
Nov 10, 2001 War is Heck

QUOTE: Before Sept. 11 the administration said we could have it all — deep tax cuts, better schools, a surplus — without paying any price. Now the tax cuts can be accelerated, and we can battle international evil too....Much as Mr. Thompson defied scientific reality to portray the first skirmish with anthrax as an isolated incident, so the military seems inclined to sugar-coat the war against Al Qaeda...

New York Times
Sep 22, 2001 Debating Whether New Agency Can Command, or Just Link Commanders

QUOTE: The roadblocks to putting that [Homeland Security Agency] concept into a plan are formidable. The Constitution has prohibitions against the American military operating on American soil.

New York Times