My old friend and Constitutional lawyer John Whitehead has written an article on New York City’s police department. He begins with a quotation from Mayor Bloomberg. “I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have.” It makes New York City sound like a separate nation. Whitehead thinks the city is becoming a model for a police state. Boasting a $4.5 billion budget, a counterterrorism unit that includes 35,000 uniformed police officers and 15,000 civilians, and a $3 billion joint operations center with representatives from the FBI, FEMA, and the military, the NYPD operates much like an autonomous Department of Homeland Security—only without the constraints of the Constitution. The capabilities of the department are astounding.
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The Tea Party Economist