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Despite news reports about overzealous pat-downs and other indignities tied to the Transportation Security Administration's new body scanning procedures, most Americans say they support use of the procedures - though, crucially, support may be slipping.
Still, the uproar has prompted some to ask - albeit tentatively in some cases - if the time had come to consider using racial and other profiling as a security measure.
Originally posted by Dr. Strange
I do support racial profiling.
I am not a racist, I am a native New Yorker and I was in the city on 9/11/01. It was not the Italians, Russians, Mexicans, or any other race we have here in the melting pot of America that was responsible for that day.
Whether you believe the official story or not, is up to you. The fact is the Taliban, Al Queda, are Middle Eastern groups and have made several threats to the well being of our country is reason enough for me to single out the Middle Easterns.
How quickly Americans forget that after Pearl Harbor, all Japanese people were rounded up and sent to detainment camps. Was that the right thing to do? That's not my place to say, but it did prevent any other attacks on American soil at that time.
If some people need to feel uncomfortable for the majority to feel safe, so be it.
In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.
Originally posted by SphinxMontreal
Racial profiling only opens the door to further abuses in the system. For example, there's a black guy, let's bust his balls because he must have some crack on him. Hey, there is a Muslim guy, let's bust his balls because he must be a terrorist. There is a Mexican guy, so let's bust his balls because he must be an illegal alien. Hey there is a Jewish guy, let's leave him alone because he is going to sue us for being anti-semitic. I question the true agenda of anyone who recommends racial profiling because it is quite the slippery slope.
Originally posted by VictorVonDoom
It occurs to me there are two schools of thought here.
Some people are willing to compromise their security for the rights of others, and some people who are willing to compromise the rights of others for their security. I count myself in the former group. Eventually, we will all lose our lives, but we can leave our rights to future generations.