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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2004 9:16 am 
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Ellis Henican: 'Kerik nomination is a ticking time bomb'
Friday, December 03 @ 10:28:03 EST
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By Ellis Henican, Newsday

Campaign bodyguard to Rudy Giuliani.

Errand boy for the Saudi royal family.

Energetic exploiter of Sept. 11th tragedy.

Tough-talking publicity-hound vowing to bring law and order to Iraq - then hightailing it out of there after a disastrous 14 weeks, leaving the place far less safe than he found it.

Oh, the bullet points on Bernie Kerik's real-life resume just go on and on. But is this really the guy we want standing between us and the terrorists?

George W. Bush apparently thinks so.

White House sources were saying last night that Kerik, the scandal-scarred former commissioner of the New York Correction and Police departments, will be named today to take Tom Ridge's job as head of homeland security.

For now, let's give the Bush folks the benefit of the doubt: Maybe they've been wowed by Kerik's shameless swing-state Kerry-bashing in Bush's behalf. ("I fear another attack, and I fear that attack with ... Senator Kerry being in office responding to it.")

Maybe they've been bullied by Giuliani's bulldog lobbying for a loyal business buddy and after-hours pal. ("OK, Karl," you can almost hear Rudy say, "I won't be attorney general, but you gotta take Bernie at homeland security!")

Or maybe it's just that the FBI background check isn't back from the field.

Whatever the reason, the White House personnel office really ought to ask some probing questions around New York. You can bet they'll get an earful of heads-up about this hard-charging, thick-necked, shaved-head lightweight.

Let this be a warning from someone who's followed the man's ladder-climbing career: He's a personal and professional time bomb the Bushies will learn to regret. Don't say I didn't warn you, guys!

That's certainly the message that smart law-enforcement professionals in New York were exchanging yesterday, as they shook their heads in disbelief at Kerik's latest career goal.

"He couldn't run the Rikers commissary without getting greedy and making a mess, in a jam," one correction veteran said. "Now he's gonna be in charge of the Department of Homeland Security? Let's just hope the terrorists don't decide to come back."

This former subordinate was referring to just 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.

It isn't possible in so little space to give an adequate tour of the man's rise from Jersey high-school dropout to prospective anti-terror boss.

As a public service, however, let me suggest a few ripe areas of personal inquiry that someone in Washington might like to pursue.

Along the way, don't lose sight of this: The homeland security chief stands between Osama bin Laden and our good-night sleep.

Why did he pull out of Iraq so suddenly? Does he think he did a pretty good job teaching the Baghdad police how to keep order and how to behave in "a free and democratic society," to use his words at the time?

Was Sept. 11th Commission member John Lehman on to something when he called Kerik's leadership after the terror attack "scandalous" and "not worthy of the Boy Scouts."

What exactly does he do at Giuliani Partners? How's that anti-crime campaign in Mexico City going? What companies and foreign governments are on his client list?

Why did Kerik send a New York City homicide detective to rouse TV hair and makeup artists in the middle of the night when his book publisher (and workout-partner) lost her cell phone?

What new job does he have in mind for John Picciano, his perennial chief of staff? Could Picciano really pass a federal background check? What about the complaint (later dropped) that he'd beaten up his correction-officer girlfriend and waved his gun around?

There are answers for all of it, I am sure. Answers to these few questions and many racier ones.

Over the weeks to come, Kerik will have a chance to answer all of them.

I, for one, am waiting.

So are a lot of people who've gotten to know the man in New York.

Reprinted from Newsday:
http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/columnists/
ny-nyhen034063947dec03,0,5853507.column


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Catherine:

You know, when I first heard that Kerik was the choice to replace Little Tommy Ridge as Director of Homeland Security, I laughed; why? Well, you cited the record quite well but one thing stands out above anything else and that is HE FAILED TO PROTECT NYC AS POLICE COMMISSIONER! Why would the Bush Administration want a guy who is a failure to be the head of this agency? Just like other dumb decisions this Administration has made, this is just another one that's blown up in their faces. They nominated a man to be the Director of the Department of Homeland Security who FAILED TO PROTECT THE CITY HE WAS POLICE CHIEF OFF! It's amazing how this Administration wants to reward people for FAILURE!

This man grins like a cheshire cat as he stands their at that press conference being praised by George W for his efforts AFTER 9-11 (not BEFORE, but AFTER THE DISASTER)!

Then, days later we find out the man has had some "sketchy" financial dealings, a "nanny problem" and mistress(s). Keep in mind, THIS is the example the Bush Administration put before us as the right man for the job. Also keep in mind, this guy worked under Rudy Giuliani, the mayor who failed to protect NYC, a man who just a year before 9-11 was gonna run for Senator, all while living in the same house (Grace Mansion) with his wife he was seperating from (tv tabloid reporter Donna Hanover) and he was "carrying on" with another woman. This is a man George W holds in the highest of regard? I guess Giuliani and Kerik represent the best in Republican "Family Values".

I know it's not PC to beat up on Rudy but both he and Kerik are only at George W's side because of "9-11". They may have done a good job AFTER the attacks but they failed to protect the city BEFORE it happened. They should not be rewarded for their disasterous failures.

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Catherine,

Kerik's nomination and then everything that started coming out about him within days of being nominated makes one wonder what was White House thinking. What was going on behind the scenes? The Bush Admin. tried to put the blame on Kerik saying that he was not forthcoming about the nanny tax situation. Then more comes out about him having ties to organized crime, about a first marriage that nobody knew about and how he might not have been legally divorced when he then married his next wife, extra marital affairs while being police commissioner (I guess he figured if Rudy could do it, it must be okay). I was confused when Kerik was nominated because I could barely remember him doing anything for the city as police commissioner. He seemed to be more of a "yes" man for Guliani.
Are you going to tell me that White House had no way to do a proper FBI background check before they nominated Kerik? Why was it that various news sources were able to break the story about Kerik before the White House could find any of this out? I don't believe for a second that the White House had no way to find any of this out and they were clueless about any of this before it came out.
There definitely had to be more that was going on as to why Kerik was nominated than what American public has been told.

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That support for Rudy and that failed nomination of Kerik has nothing with the ability of either man to do their jobs. Nor does it have anything to do with their "values."

Bush never thinks of those things...Bush thinks (when he thinks, which is rare) like a Mafia don...favors returned...in kind. Kerik would've been at the directive of Cheney, Rove, and/or Wolfowitz, whichever was the chimp handler of the day...nothing more, nothing less. That is all the administration asks of anyone it nominates...complete subservience and devotion...it's similar to what one's attitude has to be in order to get a job in Bucknum Palace or anywhere else in one of the English royal households...swear an oath to support the family and not to reveal anything that goes on inside the households.

Bush thinks of himself as an emperor...that's the way he's been raised...he's never been held accountable or responsible for anything he's ever done because he's a complete failure as a human being. If he wasn't a Bush, he'd be homeless or in some mental institute for the psychotic and mentally retarded.

Watch as he continues to fill his Cabinet...Cheroff, the new nominee, is no better than the others, and Gonzalez is well-qualified as the usual Bush nominee.

I'm sure you can find their counterparts in Hitler's inner circle.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 1:39 am 
Again, Bush won, we also won the house and the Senate so you people are out of touch with mainstream America and you are living in your little glass bubble. Welcome to "The new World Order" :P


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