This Blog Gets ‘Exclusive Interview’ Yesterday With Former DHS Secretary Whose New Book Is Coming Out September 1st — Chertoff (Yes, Chertoff) Says He Was Not Pressured On Terror Alerts

There is another former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary with a book coming out on September 1st.

Just as news was hitting the web (and my Blackberry) about Tom Ridge’s blockbuster charges on political pressure to raise the color terror alert in his new book “The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege … And How We Can Be Safe Again,” I was walking down Vermont Avenue in Washington on my way to an interview with Michael Chertoff whose new book, Homeland Security: Assessing The First Five Years, coincidentally is also being released on September 1st.

I had to inquire whether he had received any political pressure on the alerts. He said he “never” was.