From the Associated Press:
Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was hailed as a hero after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and nearly became chief of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was sentenced to four years behind bars Thursday for eight felonies.
Kerik admitted in November that he lied to the White House, filed false taxes and committed other crimes.
"The fact that Mr. Kerik would use that event (9/11) for personal gain and aggrandizement is a dark place in the soul for me," said federal Judge Stephen Robinson.
I continue to be flabergasted and scandalized by the morally deficient behavior of high placed officals and politicians. Have politicians and high placed always been so morally deficient or is this a new phenomenon?
The thing especially eggregious about Kerik is that he was the Police Commissioner of New York City and was on track to be the Director of Homeland Security after 9/11. Fear does funny things to citizens. It seems very strange that a person suffering of such a disorder could ascend to such high places and have such power and control over millions of people.
The greed and celebrity culture we currently live in seems to know little about discipline and concern for one's fellow human beings. When people as disturbed as Kerik to rise to such levels of power and control gives one pause.