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Profiling as one tool

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

Submitted by Marcos Berenstein (Brazil), Oct 10, 2004 at 22:16

In order to achieve a considerable degree of safety,profiling is a very useful tool indeed, but just one of several we can manage to introduce at our airports.

Many countries STILL refuse to require ID cards for its citizens, an oddity nowadays. Each and everyone should have its own ID, with a recent picture, current address, telephone, parents' names or other verifiable data which one could confront when it needed. Knowing exactly WHO is buying tickets, if he's using cash,check or a credit card, if he's buying an one-way ticket, if he's got someone to receive him at his destination. Unfortunately civil liberties are making terrorist's lives quite easier...

Arab/Muslim-looking people still arouse great, justifiable concern amidst every passenger, therefore EVERY such persons should be carefully scrutinized BEFORE the trip,as soon the travel agency, air company sells a ticket to one of these people.

Of course, the vast majority of them aren't terrorists, but almost 100% of the terrorists are Arab/Muslims.This is a fact.

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