There was apparently quite a competition amongst news organizations over who would get to have the privilege and honor of fawning over former New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly on a regular basis, but ABC News won.
The New York Times reported, “Several television news organization had been seeking to hire Mr. Kelly.” But he ultimately decided to go work at ABC News as “consultant and expert commentator on law enforcement issues” and will be appearing “on all ABC News programs.”
ABC News President Ben Sherwood, who recently became CEO of Disney/ABC Television, helped get the network started in what will likely be a constant deluge of gushing adulation for the former NYPD chief.
“As the longest serving Police Commissioner of the City of New York, Ray Kelly brings 50 years of public service and law and order experience to ABC News,” Sherwood wrote in a notice to the network’s news division. “One of the world’s most well-known and respected leaders in law enforcement, Kelly is the first person to serve two, non-consecutive tenures as Police Commissioner. He served under Mayor Dinkins from 1992-1994 and was appointed Police Commissioner by Mayor Bloomberg in 2002.”
He continued, “As Police Commissioner of the City of New York, Kelly helped transform the safety and security of the city after 9/11. He successfully reduced the city’s violent crime rate by 40 percent and also established the first counterterrorism bureau of any city police department in the US.”
“Kelly’s diverse career includes directing the international police force in Haiti, serving as Commissioner of the US Customs Service and as Undersecretary of Enforcement at the US Treasury Department. After three decades of service and a combat tour in Vietnam, Police Commissioner Kelly retired as a Colonel from the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 1993.”
He recently joined the real estate firm in Washington, DC, Cushman and Wakefield, and serves as President of Risk Management Services.
“A 43-year veteran of the NYPD, Commissioner Kelly’s vast knowledge will provide our viewers with an even deeper understanding of national security and intelligence issues at home and overseas,” Sherwood concluded.
Other impressive aspects to Kelly that ABC News probably recognized when deciding to hire him include an innate ability to exaggerate the record of the NYPD in countering terrorism. He knows how to take sole credit for thwarting plots, which the NYPD had no role. He also embraced the FBI tactic of sending government informants to offer gifts, including money, to Muslims if they would take what they thought were real bombs and commit terrorism.
These days massive government surveillance of citizens, their communications and every aspect of their surroundings is increasingly being called into question. There is no better gentleman for expressing the importance of total information awareness. While at the NYPD, a for-profit ready-for-export supercomputer surveillance system was developed. (It may or may not have been inspired by the CBS television show, “Person of Interest”.)
In standing up a counterterrorism bureau on the cutting edge of domestic law enforcement, he staffed a Demographics Unit that could be used as a state-of-the-art tool of social control in Muslim communities in and around New York City.
Muslims asked about this unit said they are now afraid to speak out about surveillance. They “fear that speaking out against surveillance” will only lead to “greater surveillance.” Amira, a twenty-two year-old Sunday school teacher, said, “I don’t talk about the NYPD on Facebook.” (But, isn’t that really the way it should be?)
Domestic spying may seem like it’s so forty years ago, however, Kelly managed to integrate the CIA into law enforcement. Nobody knows the value of police departments getting assistance from an agency with a history of military coups and drone killings like Kelly.
Airtime can always be given to ex-law enforcement who want to hype the threat of Iran, and Kelly is the right man to do just that. He consistently suggested that New York could be attacked by Iran, keeping this unlikely possibility a part of the Big Apple’s consciousness.
It is often considered politically incorrect to target individuals for arrests based on the color of their skin. But that did not stop Kelly from innovating the policy of “stop and frisk.”
On ABC’s Nightline in May last year, he shared his perception that black people were actually not being stopped enough. “About 70 to 75 percent of the people described as committing violent crimes — assault, robbery, shootings, grand larceny — are described as being African-American.”
“The percentage of people who are stopped is 53 percent African-American. So really, African-Americans are being understopped in relation to the percentage of people being described as being the perpetrators of violent crime. The stark reality is that a crime happens in communities of color,” he added.
Kelly recognizes that one way cities can be made to feel safer is to manipulate crime statistics by engaging in the rampant downgrading of violent crimes.
If law enforcement want to know how to protect their departments from whistleblowers and why it is best for the public to disregard them as psychotic kooks, Kelly as experience silencing police officers who just cannot seem to toe the line and respect corrupt authority.
Finally, when it comes to how to deal with those seeking to exercise their First Amendment rights and engage in freedom of assembly, Kelly is highly qualified to speak about the best practices of police. The NYPD was at the forefront of a nationwide effort to contain the Occupy movement, which was born in New York.
Citizens, who dare to dissent, often go out and are met by police force. Kelly grasps how to explain why this is necessary to the American people. Because, actually, it is not the police who are eager to crack someone’s skull but protesters. Their sole agenda is to get on television by pushing police to attack them.
So, as Sherwood said, “Please join me in welcoming one of New York City’s finest.” He’s a real tribute to the institution of revolving door journalism. In fact, there’s already a friendly competition among anchors over who gets to introduce him as a Highly Esteemed Law Enforcement Issues Commentator to Be Revered and Celebrated Without Regard for the Cause of Humanity first.