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When Profiling is Justified

Reader comment on item: To Profile or Not to Profile? [The Abdullah al-Kidd Case]

Submitted by Robert Smith (United States), Sep 21, 2004 at 12:10

When terrorism is rampant and invariably conducted by an easily identified group, then profiling is not only justified, but should be mandatory.

Stopping, questioning, and or searching a suspicious individual is currently expected to be accomplished by our police to help maintain peace and order. If as a result of these actions by the police the subject presents additional cause for an in depth investigation, then temporary detention is justified.

The profiled individuals could be here to cause damage and death, and no one should be above suspicion.

Many are innocent, but that is a small price to pay for the safety of our country.
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