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Jul 22 2013

NYPD Chief to Head DHS?

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is leaving that post and President Obama has yet to name a replacement. But Sen. Chuck Schumer is lobbying hard for NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, who has led an astonishingly corrupt and racist police department. And Obama is lavishing Kelly with praise:

Kelly hasn’t spoken about whether he wants the post, but in an interview with Univision, the president said he’d want to know if Kelly was considering a job change.

“Ray Kelly’s obviously done an extraordinary job in New York,” Obama said. “And the federal government partners a lot with New York, because obviously, our concerns about terrorism often times are focused on big-city targets, and I think Ray Kelly’s one of the best there is.”

Remember, Kelly has, along with Mayor Bloomberg, argued that the NYPD’s stop and frisk program, in which 87% of the stops are of black or Latino residents despite the fact that white people, who are only 10% of those stopped, are found to be breaking the law at a higher rate, is not racist enough. Conor Friedersdorf points out that the NYPD’s actions in regard to Muslims have been so appalling that the FBI criticized them for it:

Under Ray Kelly, the NYPD infiltrated Muslim communities and spied on hundreds or perhaps thousands of totally innocent Americans at mosques, colleges, and elsewhere. Officers “put American citizens under surveillance and scrutinized where they ate, prayed and worked, not because of charges of wrongdoing but because of their ethnicity,” AP reported, citing NYPD documents. Informants were paid to bait Muslims into making inflammatory statements. The NYPD even conducted surveillance on Muslim Americans outside its jurisdiction, drawing a rebuke from an FBI field office, where a top official charged that “the department’s surveillance of Muslims in the state has hindered investigations and created ‘additional risks’ in counterterrorism.”

Moreover, “In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques,” the Associated Press reported, “the New York Police Department’s secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation.” The horrifying effects on innocent Americans are documented here. But despite the high costs and lack of counterterrorism benefits, Kelly stands behind the surveillance on Muslims.

Ray Kelly, and Mayor Bloomberg too, should be facing federal civil rights charges, not being considered for a cabinet position.

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  1. 1
    slc1

    Ah, Chuck Schumer, Michael Heath’s hero.

  2. 2
    dingojack

    Surely with Barak HUSSEiN Obama single-handedly appointing Ray Kelly as head of the Department of Homeland Security (as only he can, apparently) WhirledNutsDaily will be reporting this as:
    NKVD Chief to Head DHS
    In five….four…three…
    @@
    Dingo

  3. 3
    slc1

    Re dingojack @ #2

    Nah, the Gestapo Chief to Head DHS.

  4. 4
    DaveL

    Didn’t Obama just give a speech about the experiences of African American men with racial profiling and the injustice of it? But now Mr. Stop-and-Frisk himself is “one of the best there is?”

  5. 5
    dingojack

    SLC – Kriminalpolizei not Geheime Staatspolizei.
    :) Dingo

  6. 6
    Ellie

    Not happy with my Senator (for whom I voted) and have written to him telling him so. Don’t expect that will make much difference.

  7. 7
    Modusoperandi

    Now, look, if you want to make a Safety Omelette, you have to unconstitutionally frisk a few eggs.
    Frankly, I’m tired of you people hiding behind the Bill of Rights that Patriots like me love so much.

  8. 8
    Marcus Ranum

    Didn’t Obama just give a speech about the experiences of African American men with racial profiling and the injustice of it? But now Mr. Stop-and-Frisk himself is “one of the best there is?”

    Expecting actual, you know, beliefs from The President is setting yourself up for disappointment.

  9. 9
    kyoseki

    Ray Kelly just penned an op ed in the Wall Street Journal defending stop & frisk
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324448104578616333588719320

    Since 2002, the New York Police Department has taken tens of thousands of weapons off the street through proactive policing strategies. The effect this has had on the murder rate is staggering. In the 11 years before Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office, there were 13,212 murders in New York City. During the 11 years of his administration, there have been 5,849. That’s 7,383 lives saved—and if history is a guide, they are largely the lives of young men of color.

    In other words, the New York murder rate followed the national trend over the same period, but it’s all Bloomberg’s doing!

  10. 10
    caseloweraz

    The WSJ: The effect this has had on the murder rate is staggering. In the 11 years before Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office, there were 13,212 murders in New York City. During the 11 years of his administration, there have been 5,849.

    But remember: “Guns don’t kill people — people kill people.”

    /sarcasm

  11. 11
    wscott

    Here’s The Atlantic’s take one why Kelly would be “a baffling choice” to head DHS:
    http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2013/07/barack-obama-and-ray-kelly-are-saying-exact-opposite-things-racial-profiling/6282/

    @ caseloweraz: To his credit, Kelly has been a strong proponent of gun regulation, and in fact criticized Obama’s gun control proposal for not going far enough. Most cops know better than to buy the NRA rhetoric. (Tho that’s not always true of elected sheriffs.)

  12. 12
    kyoseki

    The WSJ: The effect this has had on the murder rate is staggering. In the 11 years before Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office, there were 13,212 murders in New York City. During the 11 years of his administration, there have been 5,849.

    But remember: “Guns don’t kill people — people kill people.”

    For the hard of reading: the drop in the NY crime rate simply mirrors the drop in the national crime rate

    Gun control has nothing to do with it unless you think New York’s gun control/stop & frisk policies managed to cause the rest of the country to stop killing each other as well.

    …. and I guess you missed the part where the WSJ article was WRITTEN by Ray Kelly.

  13. 13
    caseloweraz

    Gee, I’m sorry, kyoseki. I guess I should have included the first line you quoted — the one about tens of thousands of weapons being taken off the streets.

    What I was doing was anticipating that someone, somewhere, would use the WSJ editorial to bolster the hoary old NRA slogan in earnest.

    OK, it was off topic here.

  14. 14
    Modusoperandi

    kyoseki “For the hard of reading: the drop in the NY crime rate simply mirrors the drop in the national crime rate”
    Bloomberg’s a genius. He knew that New York City is so important and so central to America’s culture and economy that precriminalizing its darker citizens would positively effect the rest of the country!

  15. 15
    kyoseki

    Gee, I’m sorry, kyoseki. I guess I should have included the first line you quoted — the one about tens of thousands of weapons being taken off the streets.

    I’m a little twitchy on the subject because I’ve seen drops in local crime rates used to justify everything from stop & frisk to Chicago’s gun ban to Florida’s expanded gun rights.

    … and everyone making the argument, Kelly included, is ignoring the big picture which is that regional crimes are down because national crime is down and since none of these things were enacted on a national scale, the programs they’re crediting with the reduction are unlikely to be directly responsible.

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