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Profiling is not only legitimate but indispensable

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Submitted by Andrés Lozano Hirschfeld (Mexico), Dec 30, 2003 at 19:12

In the war on terror, profiling is not only a legitimate but an indispensable tool. Let's call a spade a spade and not be shy about it: if we're planning to make a film on the life and times of Nat King Cole, Alabama is a better place to draw characters from than, say Stockholm. This, of course is profiling and nothing wrong about it! Arabs have nature built-in profiles, also their is an unfortunate correlation between Arab looking terrorists and actual terrorists, sorrry, it is fact. Our security services would be doing us a disservice if the same effort was made to screen potential terrorists among Chinese arriving at our ports of entry, than those disembarking from the Middle East.
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