Americans favor anti-terrorism racial profiling

Americans favor anti-terrorism racial profiling

Reuters said:
Americans back anti-terrorism racial profiling: poll

By Jason Szep Tue Aug 29, 4:44 PM ET

BOSTON (Reuters) - Most Americans expect a terrorist attack on the United States in the next few months and support the screening of people who look "Middle Eastern" at airports and train stations, a poll showed on Tuesday.

The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said 62 percent of Americans were "very worried" or "somewhat worried" that terrorists would strike the nation in the next few months while 37 percent were "not too worried" or "not worried at all."

The poll of 1,080 voters, conducted August 17-23, comes as many Americans are jittery after British authorities foiled a plot to blow up planes but is broadly in line with other surveys on expectations for another attack since September 11.

By a 60 percent to 37 percent margin, respondents said authorities should single out people who look "Middle Eastern" for security screening at locations such as airports and train stations -- a finding that drew sharp criticism by civil liberties groups.

"It's an unfortunate by-product to the fear and hysteria we're hearing in many quarters," said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights and advocacy organization.

"It's one of those things that makes people think they are doing something to protect themselves when they're not. They're in fact producing more insecurity by alienating the very people whose help is necessary in the war on terrorism," he said.

Quinnipiac's director of polling, Maurice Carroll, said he was surprised by the apparent public support for racial profiling. "What's the motivation there -- is it bigotry, or is it fear or is it practicality?" he said.
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It's good to know the nation likes my viewpoint. :thumbsup:
 

Omikron8

Diabloii.Net Member
"They're in fact producing more insecurity by alienating the very people whose help is necessary in the war on terrorism"

i'm confused, so do you agree or disagree with that point ?

if you disagree with that point then i see CNN is doing its job with its anti-terrorism
news programs

1) OSAMA BIN LADEN, KNOW YOUR ENEMY
2) THIS WEEK AT WAR
3) TARGET: USA (why not just rename it to "ARE YOU AFRAID YET?")
4) Glenn Beck (self-explanatory from his attitude and arguments)
 

WildBerry

Diabloii.Net Member
Evil Conservative Inc said:
It's good to know the nation likes my viewpoint. :thumbsup:
I hope you get a real good tan, get mistaken for a "Middle Easterner" and get screened for a full body cavity search so you actually have an idea of what you're asking for here.

Nothing personal, I just keep being amazed by your constant shows of lack of capability to express empathy.
 

Yaboosh

Diabloii.Net Member
If there is a 70% chance (completely arbitrary number) that a terrorist will be "Middle Eastern looking" it seems to me that there should be a bias towards the middle eastern looking individuals, coming in around 70%. Obviously a percentage is sort of ridiculous to be specific about, but if it is probable that a terrorist attacker will be a certain race, it wouldn't make sense to scrutinize all races equally simply in the name of political correctness.
 

Bortaz

Banned
I agree with Yaboosh and Smeg. I disagree with Wildberry and Omikron (who totally missed the point of who smeg was agreeing with...HINT:it wasnt the muslim advocate.)
 

WildBerry

Diabloii.Net Member
Bortaz said:
I agree with Yaboosh and Smeg. I disagree with Wildberry and Omikron (who totally missed the point of who smeg was agreeing with...HINT:it wasnt the muslim advocate.)
But this?
By a 60 percent to 37 percent margin, respondents said authorities should single out people who look "Middle Eastern" for security screening at locations such as airports and train stations
Sorry for missing it, but since there were no grounds given, it's hard not to miss the point.

"Yeah! I want them to be screened!"
"But why?"
"I want them to be screened!"
"*Sigh*."

And besides, in Smeg's case, this question is very valid.

Quinnipiac's director of polling, Maurice Carroll, said he was surprised by the apparent public support for racial profiling. "What's the motivation there -- is it bigotry, or is it fear or is it practicality?"
He might have a good point there, I'm not denying it. However, as long as he's doing it all the wrong reasons - you know, thinking that all Arabs are Communazi Terrorists wanting take away his telly and beer, I'll confront him about it.

Billweed said:
PC vs Reality
Reality wins with most Americans, Ask a black guy with a nice car if you have doubts
Yeah. The reality is the majority of those easy riders actually own the cars they're driving. Go ahead, actually talk to a black guy with a nice car. It'll broaden your horizons.
 
WildBerry said:
I hope you get a real good tan, get mistaken for a "Middle Easterner" and get screened for a full body cavity search so you actually have an idea of what you're asking for here.
HAHAHAHA!!! Me, get a tan. Good one.:laugh:

Nothing personal, I just keep being amazed by your constant shows of lack of capability to express empathy.
That's why when the poo hits the fan, you'll be the one getting your head chopped off. I'll still be around. Because I'm not worried about empathy. I'm concerned about not dying.
 

Yaboosh

Diabloii.Net Member
Sorry smeg, but your example doesn't make sense. Why does your lack of empathy make you more likely to be ducking when the fan starts up?
 

WildBerry

Diabloii.Net Member
Evil Conservative Inc said:
That's why when the poo hits the fan, you'll be the one getting your head chopped off. I'll still be around. Because I'm not worried about empathy. I'm concerned about not dying.
My head will be firmly resting between my shoulders, thank you. MadMachine quite aptly told me a few weeks back that I, too, might be hit by a terrorist some day. But the odds of it happening aren't very high, given my place of residence's relative unimportance to the world politics.

And even if we accept that they're all bad guys and need to be watched, you might want to elaborate on how the U.S. screening it's visitors is going to make me any safer.
 

SaroDarksbane

Diabloii.Net Site Pal
Profiling in certain circumstances (airports) is acceptable.

However, I refuse to believe that a course of action is right or correct simply because the mob known as the "public" thinks it is.
 

Yaboosh

Diabloii.Net Member
I don't think anything was implied except that the public (the majority in this survey anyway) agrees with smeg's viewpoint. I don't believe he is using this study to say he is right. He just uses his own opinion to say he is right, he doesn't need the public.
 

Bortaz

Banned
WildBerry said:
But this?


Sorry for missing it, but since there were no grounds given, it's hard not to miss the point.

"Yeah! I want them to be screened!"
"But why?"
"I want them to be screened!"
"*Sigh*."

And besides, in Smeg's case, this question is very valid.



He might have a good point there, I'm not denying it. However, as long as he's doing it all the wrong reasons - you know, thinking that all Arabs are Communazi Terrorists wanting take away his telly and beer, I'll confront him about it.



Yeah. The reality is the majority of those easy riders actually own the cars they're driving. Go ahead, actually talk to a black guy with a nice car. It'll broaden your horizons.

The reality is, we're (US and other nations) at war with arab and muslim people. They have committed acts of terrorism in the past, and have sworn to commit more in the future. We don't know every single person who may be part of these terrorist groups. I believe, since you know, generally, what race of people are likely to commit these acts (and have promised to do so), you should not hesitate to subject them to more severe scrutiny. A little time spent having their pockets and baggage checked is well worth it if it prevents another Lockerbie or 9/11.

Also, I don't care if it offends people that we're profiling. It takes a fool to ignore muslim/arab men at an airport and to search 80 year old white/black women, when it's muslim/arab men who've said they want to commit mass murder.
 

WildBerry

Diabloii.Net Member
Bortaz said:
The reality is, we're (US and other nations) at war with arab and muslim people. They have committed acts of terrorism in the past, and have sworn to commit more in the future. We don't know every single person who may be part of these terrorist groups. I believe, since you know, generally, what race of people are likely to commit these acts (and have promised to do so), you should not hesitate to subject them to more severe scrutiny. A little time spent having their pockets and baggage checked is well worth it if it prevents another Lockerbie or 9/11.
Don't be surprised when the white bomb mules start going at it. In the meanwhile, your pragmatist approach will serve the needs of the security well. Some might think it flies against Universal Declaration of Human Rights Articles 7, 10 and 12, but I'd personally say it's a bit of a stretch.

Also, I don't care if it offends people that we're profiling. It takes a fool to ignore muslim/arab men at an airport and to search 80 year old white/black women, when it's muslim/arab men who've said they want to commit mass murder.
From the sound of Billweed's post it might not be a miss after all. Maybe the black granny has a stolen set of car keys in her purse.
 

Bortaz

Banned
If white bomb mules become an issue, I'll happily suggest they be profiled. And I'm a white bom...person.
 
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