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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Racial/religious profiling is gaining acceptance

How many non-Muslims have been apprehended for airline-related terrorism charges?

That's the question people are increasingly asking themselves. And slowly but surely, people are accepting the idea that it just might be okay to do thorough searches on anyone coming through an airport who can be determined to be Muslim.
The [British] Government is discussing with airport operators plans to introduce a screening system that allows security staff to focus on those passengers who pose the greatest risk.

The passenger-profiling technique involves selecting people who are behaving suspiciously, have an unusual travel pattern or, most controversially, have a certain ethnic or religious background.

The system would be much more sophisticated than simply picking out young men of Asian appearance. But it would cause outrage in the Muslim community because its members would be far more likely to be selected for extra checks.

Officials at the Department for Transport (DfT) have discussed the practicalities of introducing such a system with airport operators, including BAA. They believe that it would be more effective at identifying potential terrorists than the existing random searches.
Sir Rod Eddington, former chief executive of British Airways, criticised the random nature of security searches. He said that it was irrational to subject a 75-year-old grandmother to the same checks as a 25-year-old man who had just paid for his ticket with cash.
Call me whatever you want to, but that last sentence sums up why I've been saying this for the last year as well. Political correctness has got to be done away with. If white Christians over 6 feet tall were flying planes into Tokyo and were continually being arrested for plotting to do so, I'd expect to be frisked (if not strip-searched) a little more thoroughly than my Asian comrades on my next flight to Japan.


Blogger kristi noser declared,

They had this on the news last night. I was (pleasantly) surprised that they actually interviewd someone who was all for singling out the muslim-looking-types and searching them. I found that interesting in our "PC at all costs" world.

8/16/2006 6:03 AM  
Blogger TexanAmbre declared,

Wow... I agree, too. It's a matter of PC vs. Common Sense. I rather hope Common Sense wins, for once.

8/16/2006 10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

This is pretty much the worst video ever made.

8/16/2006 4:29 PM  

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