Sunday, May 13, 2012

Nat Hentoff vs. Andrew Cuomo

"A helpful reminder that order does not mean uniformity and oppression," says Mark in Spokane linking to "[t]he long-time civil rights advocate, pro-life activist, and liberal columnist for the Village Voice tak[ing] issue with the fusion of police state and nanny state happening in New York City" — Nat Hentoff on the civil liberties situation in New York.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Thank you for bringing this most interesting writer to my attention. He has some bio!

He cites the head of the FBI in NY disagreeing with the NYPD tactics. Thing is, the NYPD did stop an attack that was being planned from Queens, while the FBI was sitting on its hands. See more about that here:

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1925456,00.html

The real issue the writer should get at, though, is the worshiping of data in the NYPD. Leads to Potemkin Villages, and worse. See here, from the same rag:

http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-05-04/news/the-nypd-tapes-inside-bed-stuy-s-81st-precinct/

Now, I read with amusement the lauding of Councilmembers Lander and Williams in that article.

The City Council is (I'd say unfortunately) pretty powerless.

Most Councilmembers are unknown in the city, and seem to like it that way since it appears to help with job security: a citizen can't easily run for a position against an incumbent when they don't know the office exists or who even fills it!

Not since the infamous Norman Mailer & Jimmy Breslin campaign in 1969 has there been any serious move to truly empower the legislative branch in NYC politics. See more about that here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City:_the_51st_State

It's a crazy town - but definitely one worth visiting for a pint or two!

May 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Thanks for the link! Much appreciated. I'm trying to build the traffic for my blog back up, so the link is much appreciated.

May 13, 2012 at 11:36 PM  

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