So, apparently it's shocking news to some that Tom Ridge today admitted that he faced political pressure to raise terror alerts leading up to the 2004 election. I'd just like to point out that Judd Legum and I wrote a cover story for The Nation on September 9th, 2004 about "mounting evidence indicat[ing] that the timing and substance of the government's terror warnings are being driven, in part, by political considerations."
You can read that whole piece here. As Glenn Greenwald notes, the evidence we and others pointed out at the time showing that this was going on was summarily ignored by the rest of the media. So to that same media, I'd just like to say: I hate to say we told you so...but we told you so.