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How can "ideological" profiling be accomplished?

Reader comment on item: [Michael Smerconish and I Debate:] What Kind of Airport Profiling?

Submitted by L. (United States), Oct 5, 2004 at 17:53

Unless a passenger is carrying the Koran or seen reading it, how can security personnel get into the mind of a passenger? Even a list of known converts to radical Islam, if it were possible to construct one, would not separate the dangerous from the harmless. This, however, is what would be necessary to profile the non-Middle-eastern or non-Pakistani potential Islamist malefactor.

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