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January 2013 – Present

June 24, 2013
The NYPD's Muslim Spying: Kelly's Lame Game
If Police Commissioner Ray Kelly thinks he has problems with the Stop and Frisk lawsuit, wait until the lawsuits filed over the NYPD’s pervasive spying against Muslims get rolling.

June 17, 2013
Kelly and Holder: A Mid-Summer's Tale
Here is a transcript of what could have been last week’s telephone exchange between Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who informed Kelly of the White House’s intercession in the Stop and Frisk lawsuit. Reader, be cautioned. It is not pretty.

June 10, 2013
President Obama's Fairy Tales
How ironic [and convenient] for President Obama to cite the case of Colorado-based terrorist Najibullah Zazi to justify his eavesdropping on citizens by stockpiling their telephone logs and emails.

New York's Yellow Press
In Washington, the media reared up and the White House backed down. In New York City, however, the media has taken a dive.

May 27, 2013
“48 Hours” — Lipstick on a Pig, Lots of Mascara
Unless the people at CBS’s “48 Hours” are holding back something in their press releases concerning their six-part series “Brooklyn DA,” one might be tempted to believe the words of professor emeritus Melvin Mencher of the Columbia School of Journalism: Don’t ever confuse anything you see on TV with journalism.

May 20, 2013
Chief Al Seedman: Legend and Fact
The flamboyant former Chief of Detectives Al Seedman died last week at the age of 94, and a legend was already in the making.

May 13, 2013
Lhota's Brass Balls
Joe Lhota may or may not be the wildest and craziest of this year’s mayoral candidates. But he does have the brassiest set of balls.

May 6, 2013
Mayor Mike: Messing with The Times at His Peril
Years ago, an old Jewish defense attorney offered a cynical lesson in criminal procedure. "When you got nothing," he said, "cry anti-Semitism."

April 29, 2013
Ray Kelly’s Terror Fairy Tale
He stuck in his thumb and pulled out a plum and said what a big boy am I. What better way for Ray Kelly to capture attention than to announce that the Boston Marathon bombers had planned to drive to New York and detonate their remaining bombs in Times Square.

April 22, 2013
Marathon Miracle Men
Somehow, the FBI and the Boston police department, with the help of numerous other Massachusetts and federal law enforcement agencies, were able to kill or capture the suspects in the Marathon massacre without the assistance of Ray Kelly and the NYPD.

April 15, 2013
Ray, Where Art Thou?
At least to this reporter, the most intriguing question of the current Stop and Frisk trial is why Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is not testifying.

April 8, 2013
An Inspector General: The Past’s Not Necessarily Prelude
Is the idea of an Inspector General to monitor the NYPD as far-fetched and unworkable as Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and his claque of supporters claim?

April 1, 2013
Race and the NYPD: it’s Complicated
A shrewd move by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, appointing Phil Banks, a high-ranking black officer, as the NYPD’s Chief of Department.

March 25, 2013
The Mighty Quinn and the Inspector General

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is either New York City’s greatest hypocrite or its greatest politician.

March 18, 2013
Ahmed Ferhani: Terrorist or Loser
So who is Ahmed Ferhani, sentenced last week to ten years in jail after pleading guilty to planning to attack New York City synagogues?

March 11, 2013
A Black Eye for Democracy
Call it a cri de coeur, a collective cry of the heart, from voices rarely heard — the city’s Muslim community, pushing back for the first time against the NYPD’s secret spying on them for the past decade.

March 4, 2013
Mike McAlary's Redemption
They may have thought themselves Gods but they were terribly mortal, consumed by such earthly vanities as ego and ambition.

February 25, 2013
From Crown Prince to Joker
Under investigation by both the FBI and the IRS, Mount Vernon’s Mayor Ernie Davis recently fired his police commissioner with no credible public explanation and replaced him with — of all people — our old friend, Sir Reginald Ward.

February 18, 2013
Two Tales of the City
Two startling verdicts in cop-related fatal shootings came down last week.

February 11, 2013
Christopher Dorner: Cop-Killer or Martyr?
Almost as chilling as the retribution murders allegedly committed by the black Los Angeles psycho cop Christopher Dorner are the internet postings, sympathizing with and supporting him.

February 4, 2013
The NYPD’s Big Lie
The NYPD has violated a long-standing court order in its pervasive spying on Muslims and lied about it, according to papers to be filed today in federal court.

January 27, 2013
A Case for Sherlock Holmes
Bill Bratton appears to be all over the map these days.

January 21, 2013
Everybody Loves Raymond
Not only is Raymond W. Kelly the longest-serving police commissioner in city history but he is also, with a 75 per cent approval rating, the most popular.

January 14, 2013
Kelly and AP: Ray’s Pants Are On Fire
Ray Kelly was at his misleading best at the 92nd Street YMHA last week in trashing the Associated Press’ Pulitzer prize-winning series about the New York City Police Department’s widespread and pervasive spying on Muslims.

January 7, 2013
Quinn and Kelly: Can This Marriage Be Saved?
So there’s a deal: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn keeps Ray Kelly as police commissioner if she’s elected mayor, according to the NY Post.

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