The former Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security says he was pressured to tone down criticism of security failures in the months before the 2004 Presidential election.
Clark Kent Ervin says he was confronted personally by then Secretary Tom Ridge â€œto intimidate me, to stare me down, to force me to back off, to not look into these areas that would be controversial, not to issue critical reports.â€
Ervin will appear this evening on ABC Newsâ€™ Nightline in advance of the publication of his memoirs, â€œOpen Target: Where America is Vulnerable to Attack.â€
Ervin says Ridge and his top aides saw him as â€œa traitor and a turncoatâ€ because of a series of reports his office delivered to Congress detailing failures by the Department of Homeland Security.
I’m in the process of reading Ervin’s book, and will be posting my review in the next couple of days.