Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Unfortunately For Dems, Americans Support Profiling

Quinnipiac University Polling Institute reports an interesting poll concerning airport screening. It seems that sixty percent of Americans support profiling and screening of "middle eastern looking" men. Considering nearly all of the terrorist incidents since 911 have been committed by people fitting this profile, it seems only prudent to continue to put more emphasis on those who fit this profile than to single out people randomly for searches.

Well, prudent to some anyway. "'It's an unfortunate by-product to the fear and hysteria we're hearing in many quarters,' said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights and advocacy organization. 'It's one of those things that makes people think they are doing something to protect themselves when they're not. They're in fact producing more insecurity by alienating the very people whose help is necessary in the war on terrorism,' he said." Right. We're doing nothing by examining those who belong to a group of people committing these acts. Except stopping those who are willing to commit them. It also seems strange that those people "whose help is necessary" never really seem to help. All they do is complain about non-existent hate directed their way.

"'You really need some indication of individualized concern before you target someone for closer examination,' said Dennis Parker, an ACLU director." Uh, no. Besides, any time there has been an incident, it has been based on the suspects activity, not on looks alone.

Considering the alternative to prosecuting the GWOT fully, it seems less than wise to give up any avenue to protect America. There are no true violations of civil liberties by profiling. No one is barred from traveling. Those who may fit the profile but be harmless are hardly inconvenienced by a small delay in passage of a gate. The true violation is the singling out of those who are patently not harmful in some laughable goal of appearing non-discriminatory. By all means, let's not become hysterical, but also let's be aware where the threat is coming from. Worrying about the reactions from shrill advocacy groups instead of the result of not investigating the perpetrators is folly.

Via Reuters

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