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Profiling Passengers does not Equal Racism

Reader comment on item: Time to Profile Airline Passengers?

Submitted by Janet Sidewater (United States), Sep 19, 2006 at 14:48

If it were an ideal world, all airport security would be trained by El Al's security team. I was told of an incident of profiling which occured prior to a passenger boarding an El Al flight. The passenger was a pregnant woman but somehow the security team kept picking up that something was off, dare I say, not quite kosher.

After further investigation it was discovered a bomb had been packed in her belongings by her Palestiniain boyfriend. Now I would imagine most of you are visualising this poor harrassed pregnant Muslim woman and you would be wrong. The woman was white and Irish Catholic.

Even though we have logically and appropriately identified a culture with a disproportionate amount of people proned to terroristic activities, effective profiling has nothing to do with race. It would also be idiotic to pretend that by taking a closer look at a clearly defined and violent culture, we are somehow committing an act of racisim.

I am so tired of CAIR and moderate muslims who keep whining and hiding behind the mantra of "Racial Profiling". Why aren't they doing their part to help identify the fundamentalists within our midst and thereby prevent the horrendous acts perpetrated by radical Islam. Their silence regarding radical Islam is no longer acceptable.


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