VIGILANCE by Ray Kelly, a book review

If you want to see how a top-tier law enforcement boss tackled with, and defeated 13 different terrorist threats to the city of New York, and learn about the man behind it all, Ray Kelly, this is the book for you.

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Ray Kelly was the commissioner of the NYPD for two different terms, being the man with the longest serving Commissioner tenure in the city’s history and also the first ever to hold the post for two non-consecutive terms, being both the 37th and 41st NYC Police Commissioner. He was also a Marine Corps Reserve Colonel, Director of Police under the United Nations Mission in Haiti, and an Interpol Vice President. During the Clinton administration, he also served as Treasury Department Under Secretary for Enforcement, as the Customs Service Commissioner.

And this man decided to write a book about his life and it makes for a fascinating and pragmatic read.

I first heard about Ray Kelly during one of those incredibly insightful interviews that Howard Stern conducts over on SiriusXM. The conversation completely intrigued me as they talked about the safety and security of the city of New York and Americans in general. I was so intrigued by the things he said, that they made so much sense but things I never considered, that I went ahead and picked up a copy of his book, Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City.

It’s as much an autobiography as it is a working outline of how Kelly addressed the threat of terrorism. He breaks down the premises of protecting the city, of how he got it done, and in the process he makes a pretty good argument for preemptive surveillance of folks who are suspected of being terrorists. Some people call that a violation of rights, and to be honest, I don’t care. I’d rather have these vague set of rights violated for a little bit than to be a name on a memorial marker.

It’s crazy to read this book as you start to realize that any major city’s police department has to be scrambling to keep terror attacks at bay all the while, (in some cases) fighting political aspirations designed to block productive security measures in favor of their own ideas. What got my attention was how often potential attacks were stopped, all the while, the public was idly living their lives, not realizing what was going on right underneath their feet.

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Upcoming Fall TV Season Network Schedules: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW

As things stand today, this is what the upcoming 2016-17 Fall TV season is stacking up to look like:

ABC:

MONDAY:                8:00 p.m.          Dancing with the Stars

10:00 p.m.        Conviction

TUESDAY:                8:00 p.m.         The Middle (new day/time)

8:30 p.m.         American Housewife

9:00 p.m.         Fresh Off the Boat (new time)

9:30 p.m.         The Real O’Neals (new time)

10:00 p.m.       Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (new time)

WEDNESDAY:         8:00 p.m.          The Goldbergs (new time)

8:30 p.m.         Speechless

9:00 p.m.         Modern Family

9:30 p.m.         black-ish

10:00 p.m.       Designated Survivor

THURSDAY:             8:00 p.m.         Grey’s Anatomy

9:00 p.m.         Notorious

10:00 p.m.       How to Get Away with Murder

FRIDAY:                    8:00 p.m.        Last Man Standing

8:30 p.m.        Dr. Ken

9:00 p.m.        Shark Tank

10:00 p.m.       20/20

SATURDAY:              8:00 p.m.         Saturday Night Football

SUNDAY:                  7:00 p.m.         America’s Funniest Home Videos

8:00 p.m.         Once Upon a Time

9:00 p.m.         Secrets and Lies

10:00 p.m.       Quantico

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CBS

MONDAY
The Big Bang Theory/Kevin Can Wait (starting in Oct.)
Kevin Can Wait/Man with a Plan (starting in Oct.)
Two Broke Girls
The Odd Couple
Scorpion

TUESDAY
NCIS
Bull
NCIS: New Orleans

Michael Weatherly returns with Bull, a new show based on the early career of Dr. Phil.

WEDNESDAY
Survivor
Criminal Minds
Code Black

THURSDAY
Thursday Night Football(Starting Sept. 15)/The Big Bang Theory (Starting Oct. 27)
Thursday Night Football/The Great Indoors (Starting Oct. 27)
Thursday Night Football/Mom (Starting Oct. 27)
Thursday Night Football/Life in Pieces (Starting Oct. 27)
Thursday Night Football/Pure Genius (Starting Oct. 27)

FRIDAY
MacGyver
Hawaii Five-0
Blue Bloods

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