NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly in His Own Words

Thursday's Editorial - March 8, 2012


[Did you read the Daily News Article written by the Associated Press publicizing the NYPD's covert surveillance?  If not, read it here:

NOTE TO STUDENTS:  This is a lengthy speech, but well worth reading.  If someone criticizes the NYPD for their counterterrorism efforts, you will be able to explain their methods of surveillance, and perhaps have a productive discussion on how our local law enforcement and federal officials should best protect us from future terrorist attacks.

1.  As described by NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, what steps did the NYPD take to develop their own counterterrorism bureau in 2002? (see para. 9-11)

2.  Re-read para. 16-19.  Commissioner Kelly says in para. 19: "A broad base of knowledge is critically important to our ability to investigate terrorism. It was precisely our failure to understand the context in 1993 that left us vulnerable in 2001."  Do you agree or disagree with his assertion?  Explain your answer.

3.  a) What are the Handschu Guidelines? (se para. 13-15, 17)
b)  Commissioner Kelly states in para. 18: "Anyone who intimates that it is unlawful for the Police Department to search online, visit public places, or map neighborhoods has either not read, misunderstood, or intentionally obfuscated the meaning of the Handschu Guidelines."  Do you agree or disagree with his assertion?  Explain your answer.

4.  Under the Handschu Guidelines, what must the NYPD do to follow up on a lead, conduct a preliminary inquiry, or launch a full investigation? (see para. 23)

5.  Should the NYPD reveal all of the details of the counterterrorism work they do to prevent terrorist attacks?  Explain your answer.