December 2, 2004


Kerik tops list to be Homeland chief: Sources say New York City’s former police commissioner who also helped train police in Iraq may head federal Homeland Security agency (KEN FIREMAN, December 2, 2004, Newsday)

Kerik, 49, served as police commissioner for 16 months during 2000 and 2001 and gained national prominence during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He previously was city corrections commissioner.

After leaving the police post, he undertook a mission for the Bush administration to help train Iraqi police. He earned his spurs as a Bush political loyalist by delivering a prime-time speech praising the president during the Republican convention and campaigning for him in the fall.

Speculation about a move to Washington increased recently when Kerik sold $5-million worth of stock in Taser, the stun-gun manufacturer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 2, 2004 3:01 PM

I'd like to point out that I was the first to predict this, over two weeks ago, at this very site.
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Posted by: Timothy at December 2, 2004 3:06 PM

Kerik is a terrible choice for the position. He used to work for Saudi Arabia in security and his wife is an Arab. The possibility that he may still be on the payroll of our main enemy in the WOT should not be ignored.

As NY Police commissioner he was undistinguished, following in the footsteps of much more capable men like Bratton and Safir.

Posted by: Bart at December 2, 2004 4:08 PM

Not to be rude, but where did he get the juice to have $5 million in Taser stock? From Rudy?

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 2, 2004 4:30 PM


The President's on the payroll, why wouldn't his whole Cabinet be? Just have the Elders of Zion make a higher bid.

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2004 5:58 PM

And his dad is the elder Elder.

Posted by: ratbert at December 2, 2004 7:49 PM