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Profiling aka 'preemptive outreach?' : Dr.Pipes made the case for profiling four years ago -will they listen now?

Reader comment on item: Does the [New York] Police Department Profile? Should It?

Submitted by Ben van de Polder (United States), Jun 14, 2006 at 11:17

When Canadian law enforcement arrested 17 homegrown Muslim terrorist plotters they informed the Muslim community in advance called it 'preemptive outreach' . The raid was dubbed by the press as "The most politically correct terror bust in history " . Law enforcement attempt s to deny profiling were so blatantly fallacious that they proved the opposite by default.

Canadian officials stressed ' that Muslims were not the target ' and that the terror plotters who wanted to behead the PM and storm parliament 'just happened to be Muslims',

"agents very deliberately avoided using the words Muslim or Islamic when describing the arrests".

"...two hours before authorities briefed the world about the arrests -- when Toronto-area Muslim community leaders were told the details of the most high-profile terrorism sweep in Canadian history. "It was a form of pre-emptive outreach, for lack of a better word," said spokeswoman Barbara Campion..."


The term 'preemptive outreach' could be applied to the Siraj case -where law enforcement arrested him as a result of his terrorist intent before he could strike.

On a CNN program in 2002 which asked the question "Are we safer then nine months ago?" Dr.Daniel Pipes's brillantly made the case for profiling saying "there is no choice" when asked this question about a proposed airline security measure.

And Mr. Pipes, shouldn't we call these what it is? I mean, this is specifically fingerprinting people who come from that list of countries that we believe sponsor terrorism or pose a terrorist risk. This is racial profiling, is it not?

PIPES: We should be very clear that the problem that we're dealing with, as Lou Dobbs on CNN pointed out just three days ago, it's not terror, it's militant Islam. And we need to go after those people who are supporters of militant Islam.

Now, they can come from any nationality. They can be either gender. But unfortunately, the fact is, it's a delicate and difficult fact to deal with, but they will all be Muslims.

Now, not all Muslims will be supporters of militant Islam, but all supporters of militant Islam will be Muslims. There is no choice... http://www.danielpipes.org/article/418

The government made the mistake in 1995 by not listening to Dr. Pipes's warning about the dangers of militant Islam. now four years have gone by and Councilman Hikind is seeking to implement a measure which Dr.Pipes said was a necessity to combat terrorism. We should all express our support to ensure that the legislation being proposed by Hikind is passed.


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