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

Submitted by Harold Dodson (United States), Sep 21, 2004 at 23:14

Mr. Daniel Pipes,

Dear sir, you are absolutey correct in regards to what is called profiling, and if I were an Arab, living in this country, and a patriot of the USA and her freedoms, I would still be in favor. Why should a man be put out of sorts for haveing to be processed to see if he is a threat or not. Look what happens in the world of the Islamist when they kidnap off the streets of Baghdad, or other Iraqi cities; Absolutely no investigation to see if the American, or whatever, is a threat to Islam. No trial, except to go on television and threaten to be-head the man, and then off goes the innocent man's head, all for just being in Iraq to help the Iraqis rebuild their country into a country with a sort form of democratic freedom.

For the most part, I suspect that most of these kidnappers are imported terrorists from other "friendly" islamic countries.

I say that when an Arab, or American Muslim is stopped, with some kind of incriminating evidence, he should be held until such time as the authorities prove to themselves that the man is innocent. Then release him without prejudice, and allow him to be free. That would not happen in reverse if it were an Islamic nation that stopped a possible suspect.

Thank you for your great articles,

Harold Dodson
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