Racial Profiling  

SmartType 51F
560 posts
8/26/2006 9:22 am

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8/31/2006 1:00 pm

Racial Profiling

I was watching Fox this morning and there was a little discussion on the danger/utility of racial profiling at the airport and other places towards muslims, and primarily the 18-40 year old Arab male. A few folks said it was rascist, and that we had already been through this rights issue with young black males. I know it's a touchy subject, but the last time I checked, the majority of the terrorists and martyrs that we are dealing with happen to be young Arab muslim males. When my niece, 4 years old at the time, blonde, blue-eyed was patted down and wanded by not one but two guards because her shoes set off the alarm even after my sister TOLD security and they said - 'we know it's OK for the 11 and under crowd'. All four of us (Dad too) are very fair skinned and light-eyed and obviously American. We were furious.

Let's stop the bullshit "fair and equal" argument. This might be America/Europe where our rights and freedom are prized. But these assholes want to take it from us. So let's make sure we spot them first, and do what it takes to make that happen. If it requires surveillance - do it. If it requires profiling - do it. I think dumping the Courvosier, Chanel lipstick and toothpaste was fucking ridiculous. The likelihood of a angry, cross dressing Arab terrorist with great teeth and good taste in liqour and make-up is slim to none. Let's get real people. I recommend a book called Terrorist Hunter by Anonymous. This shit has been going on for far longer than we know and it's scary, it's real and it's in our back yard.

I want my next post to be funny, this stuff depresses me. I think I'll go to Costco to cheer myself up.

maxxsand 50M  
88 posts
8/26/2006 11:31 am

I am distressed that the news has you down.

Perhaps this will chear you up.



jrb6955 58M

8/26/2006 1:51 pm

It can be frustrating. The world is holding us to higher standard than the terrorists we are combating. My parents were traveling a couple of months back, and my mother got pulled out of line for a more thorough check of her carry-on. My mother is 78 years old, gray-haired, barely 5' tall (osteoporosis), and just about the most harmless person you could ever meet. It was clear that the checker who stopped her was doing so randomly and not based on any sort of terrorist profile (they do have and use them, they just have been sanitized of race, age and ethnic heritage, focusing solely on behavior). Now random checks are necessary if you are not able to check everyone. It keeps the terrorists guessing and causes them to evidence the behavior contained in the profiles. And while in the long run, racial and ethnic profiling will likely prove ineffective (these assholes will simply recruit non-arabs to be their pawns; people like a Timothy McVeigh or the Shoe Bomber [his name escapes me at the moment]). There are just too many people in the world who feel discouraged, hopeless, angry and full of hate for evil men, like Osama bin Laden, to prey on and convince to martyr themselves. These monsters do not prey solely on young men, we have seen them use young women as well throughout the Arab world and even in Europe, as suicide bombers. Until mainstream Islam begins strongly denouncing such terrorists acts across the board, and teaches their young what the true meaning of martyrdom is, these monsters will continue to prey on the weak and innocent. A true martyr is someone who is willing to die for his/her beliefs rather than denounce those beliefs (such as the story in the Book of Acts about the stoning of Stephen), not someone who deliberately seeks death by committing suicide in a manner designed to ensure the deaths of others who do not share his/her beliefs. Unfortunately, we must also hold ourselves up to that higher standard and be mindful not to trample the very ideals we seek to protect. I believe it was John Adams who said that "A man who would give up a part of his liberty to protect his security, deserves neither liberty nor security." (I think I quoted that right). It is a fine line, and it may get crossed on occasion during this War on Terrorism, but on the whole, our government has been keeping on the right side on that line and does not need the "help" of the ACLU to do so. Heaven help us if the politicians who advocate a "cut and run" policy ever get elected her, or elsewhere among our coalition allies.

rm_truedom2 55M
663 posts
8/31/2006 2:23 am

I usually go to Sam's....

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