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Ray Kelly's Path To Becoming America's Next Big Brother

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly addresses the media at City Hall on April 16, 2013 in New York City. Behind them the Boston and New York flags stand side by side. Police were out in force throughout New York, a day after expolosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed 3 people and wounded more than 170 more, many of them critically. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) | Getty

On Friday, Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat who’s been in the Senate for 15 years and Congress for 32, recommended the appointment of Ray Kelly, the longest-serving police commissioner in New York City history, to take over the US Department of Homeland Security after the just-resigned Janet Napolitano leaves. Pretty much immediately a chorus went up praising the idea of NYC’s top cop taking the reins of the country’s most dystopian-sounding agency. “Kelly should have been Obama’s pick the first time around—a confidence-inspiring law-enforcement leader with federal experience,” wrote John Avlon in The Daily Beast, a sentiment that’s been more or less echoed by a host of prominent officials. “He’s so professional and so dogged,” Juan Zarate, who was a top national security advisor in the George W. Bush administration, told me. “In some ways he’s the perfect choice.”

In other ways, he sounds like a nightmare.

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