Should Our Government Profile?

January 19, 2010 at 8:23 am 5 comments

This has been an ongoing debate since the past Christmas Attack.  I have been asked many times while conducting screening for passengers if I thought they looked like a Terrorist. My response to them was always “You never know”. In training we were always told that a terrorist could be anyone of any age. That fact is true. There have been attacks from people like Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, Ted Kaczynski,  and recently the disguised pregnant women who destroyed two Russian Airliners. But let’s be realistic 99 percent of the attacks against America have come from Middle Eastern extremest.  They are different because unlike other groups,  they are willing to dies for their cause, with the use of a Suicide Bomber. This is something as we have seen in the past that can not be stopped by technology alone. There has to be another way. The Israelis have profiled forever and have had successful results.  Here in America every thing has to be politically correct, which is the cause of a lot of our problems. I by no means think the TSA as it now stands should be allowed to conduct any type of profiling because there would be an abuse of power. But I do believe we need something more.


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  • 1. Grace  |  January 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I don’t support profiling because I believe Al-qaeda has the means to buy suicide bombers from different walks of life.

    Just like how focusing on liquids has caused some to miss actual threats, focusing on middle easterners may cause security to miss a threat elsewhere.

  • 2. Dan  |  January 21, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Profiling is the only way to go. The problem is when people hear the “P” word, they incorrectly translate that to profiling based upon race/religion. These people need to take a look at the dictionary again, and then take a serious look at “how” agencies are effectively employing this (read Israelis). While I’m not saying we adopt their model outright, they have a solid grasp of the “security problem” and how to deal with it. Highly trained individuals asking questions and profiling people based upon their observed reactions/answers (NOT on race/religion).

    Unfortunately in today’s politically charged climate, it’s much easier to point to a truckload of 3.5+ oz confiscated bottles and cite “progress” and “effectiveness” to justify a continued / increased budget, than it is to actually try to address the fundamental problem.

    • 3. sean5294  |  January 21, 2010 at 8:37 am

      Something definitely need to be done. But I think it will take another major attack before it happens.

  • 4. Grace  |  January 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I’m not against a colorblind system of looking for characteristics of a would-be terrorist. It just seems that we fixate on middle easterners. The underwear bomber’s name indicates that he could be (and is) Muslim, but aside from that he is just African.

    I remember after the OKC bombing they initially assumed they were looking for middle easterners.

    I’ve never been to Israel to see their screening in progress, but if they act purely on characteristics of terrorists and treat everyone equal until something escalates the matter I have no issue with it. I’ve been behind muslim women at TSA checkpoints and the tone used with them is different than the tone used with me. Just an observation. More training than is currently provided to BDOs will be required to be effective.

    • 5. sean5294  |  January 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm

      I here ya. I know in Israel they profile a persons religion based on your name (From what I have read, if your are of the Islamic faith you must change your name to reflect that. I believe it is Islamic law). If you have an Islamic name you are immediately pulled off for special screening. Would that fly in the U.S.? Im going to say probably not. The BDO’s only have a four day class, that is by no means the right amount of time one needs to know what they are doing. Here is a little interesting fact for ya. a friend of mine and I both applied for a BDO position. I have been in law enforcement with a degree, have had several classes in both college and the police academy in Criminal Profiling (This is basically what they are doing). My friend has no experience what so ever. Guess who got the job? My friend. I do give him crap about it all the time, but it made absolutly know sense. It is like that through out the TSA.

      I have also seen Muslims treated poorly at the checkpoint, it disgust me every time it happens. They are typically the nicest people you would ever meet.


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