Since British authorities revealed a terrorist plot to blow up British planes headed to the United States, the right wing has increasingly called for radical profiling of Muslims. Some lowlights:
Robert Sandler, 8/17/06:
If profiling isn’t acceptable because it’s not Politically Correct, here is another idea: Put the Muslims on one plane and put the rest of us on a different one. If that makes me a “racist,” I can live with that.
Michael Gallagher, 8/15/06:
It’s time to have a Muslims check-point line in American airports and have Muslims be scrutinized. You better believe it. It’s time.
Sher Zieve, 8/20/06:
It appears that if “we the flying public” are going to be safe, no one but ourselves is going to save us. The hell with political correctness! … If the airlines and our “PC” brethren don’t like it, I say “Then follow your own rules!”
Bill O’Reilly, 8/16/06:
Folks who have traveled to Muslim countries, people with criminal records, passengers who are Muslims age 16 to 45 all should be spoken with.
Racial profiling won’t make our nation safer. Terrorists come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. John Walker Lindh was white and Richard Reid was Jamaican and British. As LCCR notes, “[T]errorism profiling is a crude substitute for behavior-based enforcement. It violates core American values, including the constitutional guarantee of equal protection. It also hinders anti-terrorism efforts because it alienates people and communities that are critical to the success of the anti-terrorism effort.”