In August 2004 – in the immediate aftermath of the Democratic National Convention, any momentum Senator Kerry had coming out of it was halted by the Bush Department of Homeland Security raising the terrorist threat level from yellow to orange for financial institutions in some cities. It reeked of petty political opportunism and dirty Karl Rove trickery. As it turns out, former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge later admitted it was exactly that.
The threat level reverted to yellow just a week after Bush’s re-election. Mission accomplished, as they say.
The idiotic threat level system – designed for simpletons, by simpletons – has since been abolished.
When we talk about fraud and political opportunism, we should have longer memories. The world didn’t begin in 2008.