NYPD commissioner: We foiled plot almost as fast as Jack Bauer
Democrats more successful at fighting terrorists than GOP, Hoyer brags
Commissioner Raymond Kelly bungled a few Hollywood references while congratulating NYPD officers, citizens and federal agencies for working together to successfully capture the accused Times Square bomber before he attempted to flee the country.
“When he was apprehended last evening at the JFK airport, it was 53 hours and 20 minutes,” Kelly said. “Now we know that Jack Bauer can do it in 24 minutes but in the real world 53 hours is a pretty good number.”
Actually, Kiefer Sutherland’s super-agent from the long-running show 24 — which was canceled by Fox in its eighth season but will reportedly be resurrected on the big screen — usually took up to a full day to track, torture, and execute the dastardly usually-Muslim villains from unnamed foreign countries he typically tracked each season.
Kelly also said at Tuesday’s press conference: “So if you look at the components, the timer, the gasoline can, the m-88s, the propane tanks, the gun box, put all of that together, that lethal assembly made a very big hurt locker.”
However, “hurt locker,” a reference to the 2010 Oscar-winning film with the same name, refers to a internal or external compartment where a person can store their personal demons, not an improvised explosive device (In the movie, the battle-affected lead character, addicted to combat, keeps a collection of souvenir detonators: “ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fascinating to hold something that almost kills you.”)
It’s also been reported, that before the film, drill instructors use “hurt locker” as a metaphor for a place of pain.
According to the star of the film, NY Mag reported.
The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner says the title of film Ã¢â‚¬Å“took on different meaningsÃ¢â‚¬Â over the course of the shoot. At first, it represented the threat of death and he thought of it as Ã¢â‚¬Å“a casket.Ã¢â‚¬Â Later on, he says, it Ã¢â‚¬Å“became a physical place, because we had one outhouse for 250 people, and we were all getting sick: IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say, Ã¢â‚¬ËœI have to go to the hurt locker.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â€°Ã¢â‚¬Â Finally, it became Ã¢â‚¬Å“this spiritual place of anguish,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was 125 degrees, the bomb suit was 100 pounds. By the end, we were completely stripped of our dignity and self-respect.Ã¢â‚¬Â After returning to California, he says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was in a kind of spiritual hurt locker for three months.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Kelly, it’s been reported for years, may be angling to become Bloomberg’s successor.
The New York Times reported in 2007,
But say what he might, this is New York, and each denial seems to prompt a new round of speculation on Mr. Kelly’s political future. In some circles, it has become a parlor game — will he or won’t he? And in some cases, behind the scenes, he has fueled the interest himself.
Mr. Kelly has had talks with a Republican consultant, and some Republicans say they have asked him to run. But others who know him say that some Democrats are nudging him to enter the race, and people outside of politics have also urged him on. He certainly has the visibility needed to jump-start a campaign.
The NYPD, Kelly and Bloomberg have come under fire recently, after reports indicated a spike in crimes including rapes and murders. While some blamed having less officers then in recent years since 9/11, others have maintained that the police is spending too much money and time on counter-terror activities instead of keeping the New York streets safe from domestic crime.
Meanwhile, The Hill reports, “House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday said the Obama administration has been more successful in combating terrorism than its predecessor.”
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We’re tough on terrorists. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s our policy. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s our performance. And, in fact, we’ve been more successful,Ã¢â‚¬Â Hoyer said at his weekly press availability.
He took a direct shot at the Bush administration over Afghanistan, which he said had been ignored by the previous administration. He added that Democrats have been more successful in targeting terrorists where they come from.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We’ve been more successful in Pakistan,Ã¢â‚¬Â Hoyer said. “We’re focused on where terrorism began Ã¢â‚¬â€ not began but was launched against us Ã¢â‚¬â€ in Afghanistan, which the Bush administration essentially ignored and, as a result, after seven years had a festering, worsening situation inherited by this administration.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Hoyer also fought back against Republicans whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been critical of offering Miranda rights to terrorism suspects who are also U.S. citizens. He noted the Bush administration likewise issued Miranda rights to American citizens who were arrested.
Hoyer added, “I think it doesn’t have a great deal of credibility, carping about that. Because, of course, that’s the way Bush handled [similar events],” Hoyer said. “[Running with] ‘It wasn’t wrong when Bush did it but now it’s wrong’? I don’t think that sells.”
This video is from Fox News’ America Live, broadcast May 4, 2010.