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Did anybody profile "Jihad Jane?"

Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose
Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose
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  • Stan Transue 6 years ago

    Ken; are we to assume from this article that one variant justifies scrapping an entire protocol? If this is the standard, then almost no strategy will work.

    Although profiling is a tempting but reprehensible practice, the deeper digging into private lives required by profiling behaviors and connections is even more horrific.

    Ultimately, any "security" measures employed are going to be abused to violate individual rights, but curing Arabic Jim Crow by making everyone subject to invasive surveillance sounds like somehing George Orwell might have invented.

  • Wes Lybrand 6 years ago

    I agree with Stan that profiling is a reprehensible practice. It rests on false assumptions that rejects the wide range of human behavior with or without race. At some point there will have to be a balance between civil liberty and national safety.

    Every once in a while stories like this make headlines and reinforce our worst nightmares, deepening our dependency on what political scientist John Mueller has termed the 'terrorism industry.' He argues that overblown threats and the reaction to them are more detrimental to society than terrorism itself. It seems that too often Americans are too reactionary to such events, leading some to favor practices like profiling. It could be a painful road to travel to get to the point where law abiding citizens are not subjected to invasions of privacy due to the acts of criminals. More disturbingly, it may be a goal that will never be reached.

  • Stan Transue 6 years ago

    You know, from 9/11 until after Obama took office there were no terrorist attacks on American soil. Then the Great Islamic Apologist "ended" the war on terror. Then miraculously we have two attacks in Obama's first year in office (not counting the two attacks for American nationals against the govt. Hmmm.

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