Will Civil Liberties Concerns Block a Kelly Homeland Security Post?


Will the court ruling striking down the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy keep the program's chief architect from getting a big promotion? Politico raises that question in light of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s campaign to have New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly named U.S. Homeland Security secretary.

Kelly’s record of overseeing a sharp drop in crime has won bipartisan applause in Congress. But he has battled civil liberties and minority groups not only over stop-and-frisk but also over a program that spied on Muslims, his handling of political protests, and the proliferation of surveillance cameras in the city.The Obama administration opposes racial and religious profiling, said Corey Saylor of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, adding that, “Kelly, in my book, is in complete opposition to the Obama administration's policy and the direction they want to go in with regards to surveillance.”

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