If you like the police state feel of post-9/11 New York City, you’re going to love this: President Barack Obama and Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer have been touting NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly as the man to take the reins at the Department of Homeland Security following news of Janet Napolitano’s leaving office.
While Kelly hasn’t spoken about whether he wants the post, President Obama said that he would be a good man for the job in a recent interview.
“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.”
Earlier in the week, Schumer had this to say: “The Department of Homeland Security is one of the most important agencies in the federal government. Its leader needs to be someone who knows law enforcement, understands anti-terrorism efforts, and is a top-notch administrator, and at the NYPD, Ray Kelly has proven that he excels in all three.…”
He continued, “There is no doubt Ray Kelly would be a great DHS Secretary, and I have urged the White House to very seriously consider his candidacy. While it would be New York’s loss, Commissioner Kelly’s appointment as the head of DHS would be a great boon for the entire country. Janet Napolitano has done an outstanding job, and if I had to give her a grade on her tenure, it would be ‘A+’. We need someone just as good who can fill her shoes.”
Not only would Kelly fill Napolitano’s shoes as the head of DHS, he will likely make the agency even more of a spying, liberties quashing national security apparatus than it already is.
As NYPD Commissioner, Kelley is responsible for:
- Increasing the number of arrests for misdemeanor crimes
- Expanding former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s unConstitutional “stop and frisk” tactics
- Expanding NYPD partnerships with the CIA and other Federal agencies
- Extensive use of undercover agents to spy and build databases on stores, restaurants, mosques and clubs.
- And violently quashing civilian protests with heavy-handed police tactics