Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says a passage from his new book, The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege, is being taken out of context.
In the book, Ridge explains how some in the Bush Administration pushed him to raise the terror threat level just days before the 2004 elections.
Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America," he said the story was not meant to reflect bad on the Bush White House.
"This is one of several times the process worked," he said. "People expressed their opinions. General Ashcroft, Secretary Rumsfield, both expressed their opinions. In the context of that day and in the context of what happened in Madrid and in the context of what happened earlier that year."
"At the end of the day, I had to be absolutely certain that we're on the right path," he continued. "The process worked. We didn't go up."
Ridge said the system is set up so no one can pressure anyone else into raising the threat level and that this story is proof of its success.