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All we have to fear is Bloomberg himself
Posted by: McQ on Monday, January 28, 2008

And Mayor Michael Bloomberg is bound and determined to ensure the only entity which can make us fearful is his government:
That's why he and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have asked the City Council to pass a law requiring anyone who wants to own such detectors to get a permit from the police first. And it's not just devices to detect weaponized anthrax that they want the power to control, but those that detect everything from industrial pollutants to asbestos in shoddy apartments. Want to test for pollution in low-income neighborhoods with high rates of childhood asthma? Gotta ask the cops for permission. Why? So you "will not lead to excessive false alarms and unwarranted anxiety," the first draft of the law states.
Anyone among the "I Like Mike" crowd who thinks Bloomberg is a moderate is smoking something which would probably set off one of his government exclusive detectors. If you think Rudy Giuliani has an authoritarian streak, Bloomberg is doing his best to make you forget him.
Dozens of university researchers, public-health professionals, and environmental lawyers sat in the crowd, horrified by the prospect that if this law passes, their work detecting and warning the public about airborne pollutants will become next to impossible. But [Richard] Falkenrath [NYPD's deputy commissioner for counterterrorism] pressed on, saying that unless the police can determine who gets to look for nasty stuff floating in the air, the city would be paralyzed by fear.
Paralyzed by fear. What an absurd excuse for limiting public access to detection equipment.

As Radley Balko points out:
Objectors rightly brought up Ground Zero, where the EPA and city officials assured rescue workers the air was safe, only to retract those assurances five years and several untimely deaths and serious illnesses later.
No word as to whether Falkenrath and Bloomberg plan on outlawing smoke detectors as well, because we all know that false alarms by smoke detectors can absolutely paralyze someone with fear ... and that is to be avoided at all costs, to include curtailing freedoms.
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I can’t wait until this nannyish nebbish (or he a nebbishy nanny?) leaves the NYC scene and he can waste his time and money trying to be a national player.

It almost makes me wish NYC had some real pressing troubles to deal with so the nanny in chief couldn’t waste his time babyproofing the city for us victims-to-be
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