chuckystud saidAnn Coulter was pushing for profiling last night on TV.
A line for icky Muslims, and a line for everyone else.
Clearly, false belief systems have their issues, but, I'm not sure that segregation, profiling, prejudice, etc. is the cure. It seems to have not worked very well in the past as The Innocence Project demonstrates.
We've (as a society) committed some horrible offenses against those folks that are different from the main stream or of a certain color.
The whole profiling thing, I think, is more just for the GOP folks to be their usable disagreeable, obstructionist, selves.
Bottom line, security wasn't what it should have been, for folks for ANY color or ANY belief system.
Well I need to say that I agree with you!...Actually current security isn't PERFECT but that's OK. Any ethnic or religeon-based profiling against anyone who is a member of a minority group is incredibly and unbelievably offensive! Yes it may be unfortunate for me that a family member like my mother could possibly die on a plane flying that is bombed into or out of some gawd-foraken backwater like Detroit but that's TOTALLY OK as long as the GOP would not get their silly, narrow-minded way!!!...After all, don't we all HATE the GOP! Yes those loathesome GOP people want us to beware of those so-called "terrorists" of Al Quaida....cha! The truth is that Al Quaida people aren't so bad...At least they aren't REPUBLICANS...yeah good point!!! After all, Islam is THE religeon of peace--in spite of the fact that it commands that all gays be exterminated...at least most muslims vote like solidly loyally BLUE STATE DEMOCRATS!!! YEAH!!! How dare those GOP people try to get us all alarmed over a non-existant foreign threat...After all 9/11 was all a George Bush/GOP plot...Michael Moore basically said so...And NO Michael Moore is not a marxist...
Worth remembering is that in June there was a bipartisan vote in the House on an amendment sponsored by a Republican that would have made full-body scans allowable only as a secondary screening method and then only if that was the passenger's preference:http://www.postonpolitics.com/2009/12/full-body-airport-scans-reps-hastings-rooney-wexler-opposed-them-in-june-vote/
Joe Wilson was a co-sponsor. He said, "I have faith in metal detectors. Simple, little metal detectors that we've had for 40 years. I feel very secure for the American people with those. A metal detector should be about 90 percent of airport security."
Meanwhile, the Republican leadership placed a "hold" on Obama's choice to head the Transportation Security Administration for reasons that seem to me influenced more by politics than any truly substantive concerns. Story is on the linked page if you scroll down a bit:http://www.stltoday.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=8024930
Obviously, I'm not blaming the Republicans for what happened. There was a real breakdown. But the Republicans shouldn't be blaming the Democrats. What should happen is a good-faith bipartisan collaboration to truly determine the best ways to prevent terrorist attacks and to see those methods implemented with as much consistency as possible.
But I do believe that racial profiling is not the best way or a very effective way to prevent terrorist attacks.