New NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has named former CBS News correspondent John Miller as the NYPD's counter-terrorism chief. Miller will begin on Monday as the new Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence, but as the New York Daily News notes, Miller seems to be lacking in experience compared to his predecessors.
Over his career Miller has gone back and forth between law enforcement and the media. Recently Miller's name was in the news for his "60 Minutes" piece on the NSA, which was widely criticized for being one-sided and lacking any input from NSA critics.
According to Politico, Miller has worked with Bratton for over 20 years, including as Bratton's chief spokesman at the NYPD in the mid-90s. Miller then moved to the media, working at ABC News until 2002 before again taking a job with Bratton, this time at the LAPD as the chief for the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau. Miller worked as an FBI spokesperson in 2005 before working at CBS in 2011. Miller also interviewed Osama Bin Laden in 1998.
Now Miller is tasked with heading the NYPD's counterterrorism efforts. Miller is replacing David Cohen, who had more than three decades of experience at the CIA before becoming the Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence with the NYPD.
Under former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly there were four men who also held the position of Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism, which was an additional position to the one Miller now holds. However, Bratton has not clarified yet whether he will be continuing the position and whether or not Miller will also handle those duties.
The NY Daily News pointed out that the four men who held the Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism position all had resumes that are, "far more impressive that Miller’s."
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