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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Profiling: It's Time Has Come

Here's an interesting opinion piece from the NY Post addressing the necessity of profiling to counteract terrorism. I've been thinking about this quite a bit lately and it seems that there is no particularly good reason to oppose profiling, at least from a common-sense basis. Think of it this way. If the KKK was going through a resurgence in the deep South and began setting off bombs carried in backpacks onto buses and trains in Montgomery, Alabama, who should the law enforcement authorities "randomly" search? Black males? Asian females? Old Jewish grandmothers? Of course not. If the terrorism is being perpetrated by a white supremacist organization, it is counterproductive and a waste of limited resources to search an elderly black woman's handbag. If the terrorism is being perpetrated by a Muslim supremacist organization (which, quite frankly is an apt description of al Qaeda), why should we search an obvious non-Muslim?

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