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Delay had "absolutely nothing" to do with Dem Convention


White House Denies ‘Orange Alert’ Timing was Political

Delay had “absolutely nothing” to do with Dem Convention

Although there was roughly three weeks between the arrest of alleged Al Queda figure Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan and the announcement of Orange Alert that Khan’s information was reportedly pivotal to, the delay had “absolutely nothing” to do with the Democratic National Convention.

That was according to White House Homeland Security advisor Fran Townsend, in response to a question posed by HUMAN EVENTS’ John Gizzi during an Administration briefing August 2. Flanked by National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and White House chief of staff Andrew Card, Ms. Townsend fielded questions about the 9/11 Commission report and the war on terrorism in general at the regular White House press briefing Monday afternoon.

“[I]t had absolutely nothing to do with the Democratic National Convention,” Townsend told Gizzi, referring to the period between the arrest of Khan and the Orange Alert announcement. She also brushed aside suggestions that Khan was the only individual “whose intelligence led to the raising of the threat,” and pointed out that the Secretary of Homeland Securtiy said that “there were multiple reporting streams that came together in such a way to give us real” evidence that an Al Queda strike was in the works in New York.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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