An Open Letter to President Barack Obama, as he considers NYPD Chief Ray Kelly to be head of the Department of Homeland Security

To: The Most Honorable Barack Obama_The President of These United States of America:
 
Honorable Sir,
 
    It is with very much aforethought and much consideration that I pen this instant notation to you.
 
    I have read somewhere that sometimes silence is cowardice, rest assured sir, Jean Rice is no coward.
 
    The subject of this address is the matter of your consideration of the current New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly as the head of Homeland Security.
 
    First, let me state that the New York status quo who advanced this man into your consideration, did so without a New York grassroots concensus, This is not participatory democracy. This is not in keeping with our cherished "American Creedo."
 
    Please be advised that there are many New York public officials who would willingly exploit the lives of thousands of working-classed New Yorkers in order to advance their very own personal and political agendas.
 
    A careful reading of C. Wright Mills:"The power elite_who really rules America_and Lumberg"s "The Rich and the Super Rich" tells me a more sophisticated terrorist attack would focus upon the compounds of the Duponts in Delaware, The Mellons in Pittsburgh, and the Rockerfellers in Upstate New York.
 
    Let us review the record and tenure of Raymond Kelly as commissioner of the New York City Police Department.
 
    Hon. Sir, prior to my proceeding with this unfortunate discourse: I would beg of you to consider the words of a young British aristocrat concerning the Atlantic slave trade before Parliament: "This I might add is "subject to connection." "Policy Sir, is not, my principle, and I am not ashamed to say it. There is a principle above everything that is political. And when I reflect on the command that says, "Thou shalt do no murder" believing the authority to be divine, how can I dare set up any reasonings of my own against it? And Sir, when we think of eternity, and of the future consequences of all human conduct, what is here in this life which should make any man contradict the principles of his own conscience, the principles of justice the laws of religion and of God."__ The foregoing were the words of William Wilberforce.
 
    Secondly, shortly after our founding father Thomas Jefferson had been party to our nations first Southern Compromise he closeted himself_and prayed to himself_ "Dear Lord I tremble for my country, when I consider the wrath of a Just God."
 
    Raymond Walter Kelly was New York City's Police Commissioner from 1992 to 1994 and again from 2002 to the present. I willingly concede that during this time New York City has been rendered a safe environment for business and tourism_but at the same time there has been a drastic erosion of constitutional rights in New York City's communities of color: In these communities both the fourth and fourteenth amendments to our United States Constitution have been rendered "null and void." It begs the question, if this Police Commissioner can subvert our Supreme Court mandate rendered in Terry v. Ohio, what subversion would take place under our post Nine Eleven "Patriot Act", with Raymond Walter Kelly the Chief Executive of our Homeland Security?
 
    Please consider the case of Ms. Alberta Spruill; May 16, 2003:consider the case of Abner Louima; August 9, 1997: consider the case of Amadou Diallo; February 4, 1999: consider the case of Sean Bell; November 26, 2006__: consider the now pending case of Ramarly Graham_
 
    In conclusion I ask you my Honorable President is Commissioner Kelly's method of policing one that you would subscribe to for our great democracy?
 
 
 
Respectfully,
 
 
Jean Rice
Board Member
Civil Rights Campaign Leader
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