December 04, 2004
WE NEW YORKERS KNOW: BERNIE KERIK'S A DISASTER
Sentient residents of the Big Apple know that the appointment of Bernie Kerik, our town's former police commissioner, as Homeland Security Secretary is a disaster, despite the media hosannahs about his nomination (CBS Evening News was particularly gushy on Friday night). Putting this corrupt Starsky--who happens to be Rudy Giuliani's business partner-- in charge of the civil liberties of Americans and visitors to these shores--given the sweeping powers the agencies within the DHS now have, thanks to the Patriot Act and a host of Bush executive orders--is a mad idea. The shoot-first-ask-questions-later mentality of drug cop culture, in which everyone with a dark skin is presumed guilty until proven innocent--and in which Kerik is steeped-- is not the right training ground for this sensitive post; if I were a Muslim in America, I'd be scared stiff. And Kerik--like his boss Giuliani--showed little regard for the niceties of the Constitution when it came to imposing civil liberties discipline on the boys in blue.
Kerik, whose Iraq assignmnent won him the nickname "the Baghdad Terminator," has in the past advocated assassination as a U.S. Policy in Iraq. But when Kerik when he took the Iraq appointment, it was announced he would serve for 6 months, but inexplicably left after only 3 months (and one can hardly argue that that was because he finished the job of training/organizing the Baghdad police force early). Why the brevity of his Iraq job?
Our Newsday confrere, columnist, Ellis Hennican, delivered a tart reminder yesterday about who Kerik really is for anyone who's forgotten. For example, Ellis recalls "one of many petty scandals that have hung over Kerik's career. When he ran Correction, nearly $1 million of tobacco-company rebates were diverted into an obscure foundation Kerik was president of. This was for cigarettes bought with taxpayer money and then sold at inflated prices to jail inmates. But this rebate money - would kickbacks be a better word? - got spent entirely outside the normal rules for public funds. No one was criminally charged. But a whole rash of IRS rules were seemingly violated. One board member quit in protest when the foundation treasurer refused to provide him with financial reports. And no one has ever explained where all the money went. It was a typical Kerik deal. He behaved from start to finish like normal rules didn't apply to him." Read Hennican's whole column.
But there's a lot more: Kerik whose Iraq assignmnent won him the nickname "the Baghdad Terminator," has in the past advocated assassination as a U.S. Policy in Iraq. The New York Times reported last year on an odiferous arms purchase in Iraq at inflated prices on Bernie Kerik's watch in Iraq while Rudy and Bernie were raking in big dough as security consultants (and Bernie was on the Saudi payroll as a royal bodyguard).
Newsday's Len Levitt reports today on some of the ways in which the Baghdad Terminator used his public position as New York's top cop for relentless self-promotion. "Kerik's stock at One Police Plaza [NYC's police headquarters building] is pretty low these days. It's not merely the $200,000 high-tech doors he supposedly ordered for One Police Plaza that ended up on Rikers Island. There's also the statue with the urn, symbolizing the ashes of the 23 cops killed on 9/11.
"The four-sided statue - paid for by the Police Foundation shortly before Kerik left office in 2001 - sits on the first floor of headquarters. On the front are the words 'Fideli Ad Mortem' (Faithful to Death). On the left side are the names of the deceased. On the right side is a quote from former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani with a picture of the Twin Towers and the Statue of Liberty. And on the back is a quote from Kerik.
"When the statue was placed at Police Plaza in late 2001, there was space for people to walk around it so they could view each side. After Kelly became commissioner, the statue was moved, with Kerik's side placed against a wall. Asked why the statue was moved, a top police official suggested 'safety concerns.' Levitt also details how "Kerik gave his publisher, Judith Regan, an honorary commissionership after she donated $493,843 to the New York Police and Fire Widows and Orphans Fund in 2001."
One would hope that Kerik would get a contentious reception from the Democrats in the Senate when he's up for confirmation. But don't hold your breath: the flag-waving opportunist Chuck Schumer of New York has been all over the tube lauding Bernie the Goniff's appointment to DHS. And it's rare that other Senators from the same party will oppose a nominee who has the support of his home-state Senator (not to mention their general spinelessness when it comes to challenging Bush's mismanagement of the homeland security issue).
UPDATE: Kerik was a sex-cop "goon" who spied on the private lives of employees of a Saudi Arabian hospital while employed there, says a December 8 Washington Post story, which details how Kerik lied about his tenure there in his autobiography. Read this one!.
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Posted by: mark | Feb 24, 2006 7:52:44 PM
HAVE WAITED SINCE 1995 FOR THE TRUTH TO COME OUT ABOUT BERNIE. HE STOLE THE CAREERS OF COMMISSIONER SHEMBRIE AND NYC DEPT OF CORRECTION CHIEF OF SECURITY, N. ABRUZZO. HE TOOK CREDIT FOR POLICIES HE NEVER INITIATED. HE IS A THIEF WHO RAN THE DEPT OF CORRECTION USING THREATS AND FEAR TACTICS. THANK YOU AND ALL THE MEDIA OUT THERE FOR EXAMINING THE ISSUES SURROUNDING A B. KEIK.
Posted by: Judith Abruzzo | Feb 9, 2005 8:00:34 PM
WE NEED MORE WRITERS LIKE YOU! People do not CARE anymore about how corrupt our government is.
I call them the "Stepford citizens". Do nothing, say nothing, act like it didn't happen.
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