"Fox News guest: ‘If you are an 18 to 28-year-old Muslim man then you should be strip searched.’"
As ThinkProgress has documented, the right-wing has responded to the failed Christmas day terrorist attack by calling for increased racial profiling of Muslims. On Fox News yesterday, retired Lt. General Tom McInerney declared that the United States needs to “be very serious and harsh about the profiling.” “If you are an 18 to 28-year-old Muslim man then you should be strip searched,” said McInerney. “And if we don’t do that, there’s a very high probability we’re going to lose an airliner.” Watch it:
Host Julie Banderas pushed back against McInerney, saying that racial profiling is “extremely controversial” and would likely “generate more violence and hatred towards the West.” McInerney then claimed that what he was calling for was “not racial profiling.” “I do not want to racial profile,” said McInerney. “I want to profile on that group that we have enough evidence from 9/11 and other cases, Moussaoui, etcetera, that we know what we’re looking at.”