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The NYPD: The Seventh-Largest Army on Earth

Written by Gary North on March 15, 2012

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. The NYPD has radiation detectors on their boats, helicopters, and officers’ belts that are so sensitive they alert officers to citizens who have had radiation treatment for medical reasons. Moreover, the NYPD has a $150 million surveillance system, a network of 2000+ cameras, which is monitored by an advanced computer system. This computer system can detect suspicious packages and perform tasks such as pulling up all recorded images of someone wearing a red shirt, thus streamlining the process of tracking New Yorkers. The NYPD’s latest toy is Terahertz Imaging Detection, which allows police officers to peek under people’s clothing as they walk the streets. The NYPD cooperated with the US Department of Defense in creating this portable scanning technology. The NYPD even has the capability to take down an aircraft should the need arise.

The problem is, when bureaucracies get access to such tools, they use them.

The NYPD not only employs the latest technologies but also utilizes crackdowns and scare tactics that keep New Yorkers in a state of compliance. A 60 Minutes report describes the police state atmosphere: “At random, 100 police cars will swarm part of town just to make a scene. It happens with complete unpredictability. Cops signal subway trains to stop to be searched. And sometimes they hold the trains until they’ve eyeballed every passenger.”

One increasingly invasive NYPD tactic is the practice of stopping and frisking everyday people on the street without any evidence of wrongdoing. These activities are a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. In 2011 alone, 684,330 people were stopped and frisked by the police, a 14% increase since 2010. 88% were totally innocent. 59% were black. 26% were Latino. 9% were white. 41% of the stops were men of color between the ages of 14 and 24, but they only account for 7.2% of the city’s population. Less than one percent of the stops led to an arrest for firearm possession. The fact that the vast majority of people stopped are racial minorities indicates that the NYPD is executing a punitive policy against regular New Yorkers based upon racial profiling.

I agree with his conclusion.

One thing is for sure: what’s happening in New York illustrates how easily people are led into the illusion that security should trump freedom. However, as past regimes illustrate, such security measures eventually become tools of terror against the citizens themselves.

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13 thoughts on “The NYPD: The Seventh-Largest Army on Earth

  1. SEAN MURRY says:

    That SOB mayor is just like obummer.

  2. Patriot Diva says:

    Bloomberg is a coward who would remove gunrights from law abiding citizens while having his own armed body guards to protect him. The sooner NYC gets rid of this sorry excuse for a mayor, the better.

  3. "GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. It's not the Mayor we should be conserned about ,,,it's this out of controll government making laws to thawrt our freedom given rights as a Republic,,,,this multi-culture nation is doomed to destruction, and as natural born citizens, our hands are tied by these laws, which are made to protect everybody except whites. As long as a race has priority over another race there can not be equality. Ron Paul is the only candidate who can read the constutition, and understand what it actually says and means. We do not need to have military bases all over the world, these people are playing U>S> for the fools we are for doing it. We are to protect ourselves from foreign invaders, not try to prevent it. I for one would like to keep on living FREE!!!!!!!

  5. you think BloomBama Co is bad, wait. Want to bring the troops home?…uh oh…
    what will all the troops do back home? over-enforce declining civil liberties?
    anyway, back to my B-ball bracket…

  6. Here's an idea. Let's give our tyrannical gummint weasels death, then we'll have our liberty. Or, for the politically correct among us, give us the pleasure of the gummint weasels permanent absence.

  7. I'm glad I don't live in New York. Be careful America, this might be coming to your town and state. STOP THEM FROM DOING IT.

  8. "The NYPD: The Seventh-Largest Army on Earth" which couldn't save the 3,000 people who died on 9/11. Large doesn't mean smart. It's sad they slept through the warning signs and intel prior to the attacks.

  9. nunyainct says:

    First of all, let me start with I can't stand Bloomberg, who is notoriously anti 2nd amendment for everyone except elites like himself. As for the UN, were it up to me, they would be off American soil immediately since they are comprised of terrorist dictators, Communist thugs. As for the "racial profiling" as a minority, I am ALL for it. The proper way by which to look at it is what it really is, well executed threat analysis, which is antipodal to "random" checks. Under threat analysis a profile emerges of a particular perpetrator, so whoever fits the "profile" is checked. If it happens to be a Black in the middle of the night in an all white neighborhood, or the white man at 2AM in the all Black neighborhood so be it. We are dealing with a very serious problem of Islamist terrorism now, which no one is addressing with the bigger problem of Islam itself. However, the fact remains targeting Muslims is absolutely the correct thing to do, although being Muslim is not a race, but followers of the Islamic ideology are more likely to want to blow you up (from the Middle East or new American converts recruited from jail in their Islam programs) rather than the 75 year old Black grandmother from the Bronx. I say, profile correctly, sociologically and whatever else falls under the purview of threat analysis.

  10. Michale CrackMonkey says:

    The problem is the NYC is filled with "Liberal" voters who think it's the governments place to be directing your life. The rich liberals all agree with these tactics of course they are exempt from police shakedowns. I grew up in the West but once thing I found was that in the East White people are much more biased in general against non-whites and of course non-whites are even more biased against whites. You don't see this so much in the West. Of course California Cops are probably a bit more brutal than NYC Cops.

  11. E Roberts says:

    Bloomberg has been the best mayor we can remember. The city is flourishing with success everywhere. People are working, which says alot compared to the rest of the nation. Our NYPD is the Best and very much appreciated too. Not everyone in the city is a liberal. Far from it in fact. We are dedicated conservatives, who are steadfast in demanding our Religious Freedom and are steadfastly pro life. Voting the Romney-Ryan team for the sake of our Nation is crucial in this election. Bravo.

  12. OUR COUNTRY is the biggest police state in the world

    We incarcerate 2.3 million people in our jails…most of them for non-violent offenses……By the way, this is more than China that have 4 times our population.

    So much for the "Land of the Free"……

  13. The sooner people start walking the walk instead of talking the talk, the sooner this crap will end.