The media jumped on whether the recent increase in the terror alert level was politically driven. That’s something I’ve wondered about for a few months and even spent some time digging around trying to find info on just when the alert levels changed and terror-related Homeland Security press conferences were called. A friend, though, pointed me to some excellent posts at JuliusBlog.
First, “Julius” and another blogger created a detailed timeline of the terror alerts. To call it interesting is an understatement. Julius then put together a chart comparing Bush’s approval rating to the timeline. Two of the conclusions drawn from the chart: (1) whenever Bush’s ratings dip, there’s a new terror alert, and (2) as the election approaches, the number and frequency of terror alerts keeps growing.