Wednesday, August 03, 2005

"They All Look A Certain Way"

From the AP:
Arabs should be targeted for searches on city subways, two elected officials said, contending that the police department has been wasting time with random checks in its effort to prevent terrorism in the transit system.

The city began examining passengers' bags on subways and buses after the second bomb attack in London two weeks ago. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have said several times that officers will not racially profile.

But over the weekend, state Assemblyman Dov Hikind said police should be focusing on those who fit the "terrorist profile."

"They all look a certain way," said Hikind, a Democrat from Brooklyn.
Timothy McVeigh and Osama Bin Laden: separated at birth.

The past few years have been a fascinating and valuable illustration of how easily the kind of massive human tragedies we grew up studying actually happen in the first place. We're quite literally "living" history---right here, right now.

18 Comments:

Anonymous thirdeye said...

All the progressive gains of the 60s generation are being subverted back to the mean. The more things change, the more they stay the samme.

8/03/2005 12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's no shit.
Jeff

8/03/2005 1:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know if I decided to convert to Islam and took the terrorist route, I would be the absolute perfect suicide bomber. White female in her thirties who looks like everybody else.

My point - you target those who "look" like terrorists - and that is what is going on - you are not only going to target darker skinned people like those of Indian extraction, Italian extraction, hispanic heritage, etc which is going to not only piss people off but take away effort from tracking real terrorists, you are going to miss the person they deliberately recruit and nurture because they don't fit preconceived notions of "looking like" a terrorist.

8/03/2005 8:43 AM  
Anonymous ewk said...

Are people like this guy stupid or do they think their voters are stupid or both I guess?

Lets see in London some of the bombers were black and looked just like any other black person, not Arabs at all.

8/03/2005 3:13 PM  
Anonymous C.b. said...

Indeed, these are exciting times.

Unfortunately, it's going to take a terrorist attack from a white lady for people to realize that race doesn't have anything to do with this.

8/03/2005 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget Eric Rudolph.

Is saying all terrorists look alike, any different than Bill O'Reilly on Fox saying, "I don’t give them any protection. I don’t feel sorry for them. In fact, I probably would have ordered their execution if I had the power.", when referring to Guantanamo Bay.

8/03/2005 6:55 PM  
Blogger Tayefeth said...

<sarcasm> Oh, but Eric Rudolph wasn't a terrorist. Neither was Timothy McVeigh. They were, um, not freedom fighters, because we like our administration, um, mentally ill, or maybe divinely inspired to kill off the evil within our society (yeah, that's it). Only ugly furriners can be terrorists. </sarcasm>

8/04/2005 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your right it's not about race its about Arab Muslim extreamist that will and would have nothing to do with a 30 year old white women seeking to destroy America.

You would have less chance of getting into a Terrorist grp then if you went to live with wild Apes.

Yes all of them do look a certain way. I'm not sayn to not approch or search suspecting people of terriorst attacts but common this is getting rediculus Profile already.

Profiling has solved many of CSI cases and lead to the arrest of many people behind bars today for other crimes... So um why not Terrorist? I would also venture to say that, I would take the slim chance of a 30 year old white female being a terrorist. Just so we can get some of our freedoms back.

8/04/2005 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting article here - University of Oklahoma student was stopped at Will Rogers World Airport for carrying a pipe bomb onto a plane. He said building bombs was a recreational activity and he simply forgot that it was in his bag. Profile?

8/14/2005 12:31 AM  
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