Chuck Schumer Must Want All American Brown Youth Stop and Frisked

I thought Chuck Todd was speculating in that beltway fashion when he said he had heard people suggest Ray Kelly should replace Janet Napolitano as Department of Homeland Security Secretary.

But apparently, Chuck Schumer actually thinks it’s a good idea.

It’s 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.  As a former head of the Customs and Border patrol, he has top-level federal management experience. 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.

Not only is this a batshit crazy idea because of all the authoritarian things Ray Kelly has done in NYC, from harassing hundreds of thousands of African American and Latino youths to spying on Muslims.

But note how Schumer doesn’t mention the other, equally important part of Homeland Security: keeping the country safe from things like Chinese hackers and natural disasters.

How’d Kelly do at organizing a response to Hurricane Sandy? Maybe we should ask Occupy Sandy about that?

Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Vice, Motherboard, the Nation, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.

Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse in Grand Rapids, MI.

15 replies
  1. JTMinIA says:

    You might want to add a “[sic]” inside “It’s leader needs to be someone…” so readers (here) know that the NY Daily News failed high-school English, rather than you.

    In any events, I don’t see Obama, Inc. bringing in someone who won’t follow orders.

  2. P J Evans says:

    Chuck Schumer is a lot more fond of his own opinions than I am. I wish he just admit he likes the way Republicans misrun things.

  3. scribe says:

    Gotta wonder how Chuckie would feel if Kelly were rousting Jews the same way he rousts browns.

  4. jo6pac says:

    @cymack: Since Robert served with big dog I’m not a fan, just saying. I agree with he is pointing out but what will he do when the new UC boss shows up, resign or just be quiet.

  5. scribe says:

    Y’know, now that I think of it, I’ll bet Bernie Kerik’s available for the gig. Didn’t Chuckie just love him for DHS, too, back in the day?

  6. Jay says:

    Personally, I welcome the prospect of Chuck Schumer championing Ray Kelley for DHS. Then he could get primaried and lose his next senate election.

  7. der says:

    Having a SwatTeamSwaggering Inside Man like Kelly over at DHS is one way for NSA’s Alexander to move domestic work “off books”, I mean make it legal and acceptable. What are the odds that NCIS writers will have the most watched teevee terrorist fighter Gibbs taking on hackers and cyber criminals by the second fall show?

  8. jawbone says:

    Hasn’t Kelly gone across state lines already by spying on Muslims in NJ? Just preparing for the Big Show of taking his brand of the Surveillance State nationwide?

    Uh oh.

    Just might be up Barry’s alley…. He is so paranoid.

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