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On "Profiling"

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Submitted by Seth Goldstein (United States), Jan 6, 2005 at 20:39

Have you seen this e-mail going around? It certainly is relevant.

HISTORY TEST

Please pause a moment, reflect back, and take the following multiple choice
>test. The events are actual cuts from past history. They actually happened!!!
>
>Do you remember?

>1. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by
>a. Olga Corbett
>b. Sitting Bull
>c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
>d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
>
>2. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:
>a. Lost Norwegians
>b. Elvis
>c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
>d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
>
>3.During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
>a. John Dillinger
>b. The King of Sweden
>c. The Boy Scouts
>d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
>
>4. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
>a. A pizza delivery boy
>b. Pee Wee Herman
>c. Geraldo Rivera
>d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
>
>5. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old
>American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:
>a. The Smurfs
>b. Davy Jones
>c. The Little Mermaid
>d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
>
>6.In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to
>rescue passengers was murdered by:
>a. Captain Kidd
>b. Charles Lindberg
>c. Mother Teresa
>d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
>
>7.In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
>a. Scooby Doo
>b. The Tooth Fairy
>c. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
>d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
>
>8. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
>a. Richard Simmons
>b. Grandma Moses
>c. Michael Jordan
>d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
>
>9.In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
>a. Mr. Rogers
>b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill' s women problems
>c. The World Wrestling Federation
>d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
>
>10.On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take
>out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US
>Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers.Thousands of
>people were killed by:
>a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
>b. The Supreme Court of Florida
>c. Mr. Bean
>d Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
>
>11.In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:
>a. Enron
>b. The Lutheran Church
>c. The NFL
>d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
>
>12. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
>a. Bonnie and Clyde
>b. Captain Kangaroo
>c. Billy Graham
>d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

>Nope, .....I really don't see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?

So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent
on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile
certain people. They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little
kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members
of the President's security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips,
and Medal of Honor winning and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim
Males between the ages 17 and 40 alone because of profiling.
Submitting....

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