Tuesday, August 15, 2006

UK government to profile Muslims at Airports.

UK: Where the heck did this non P.C attitude come from the usually P.C UK government?

THE Government is discussing with airport operators plans to introduce a screening system that allows security staff to focus on those passengers who pose the greatest risk. The passenger-profiling technique involves selecting people who are behaving suspiciously, have an unusual travel pattern or, most controversially, have a certain ethnic or religious background. The system would be much more sophisticated than simply picking out young men of Asian appearance. But it would cause outrage in the Muslim community because its members would be far more likely to be selected for extra checks.
On the other hand, Denial is not just a river in Africa.
Singling out passengers considered more of a security threat for tougher airport checks would create a new offence of "travelling whilst Asian", one of Britain's most senior Muslim police officers warned. Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent Ali Desai said intelligence could be used to examine travel history, how a ticket is purchased and the persistency to travel, but added: "It becomes hugely problematic when it's based on ethnicity, religion and country of origin. "I don't think there's a stereotypical image of a terrorist." The Times reports that officials at the Department for Transport are considering a system of passenger-profiling that would select people behaving suspiciously, who have an unusual travel pattern or have a certain ethnic or religious background. It comes after former Scotland Yard chief Lord Stevens said that airport chaos could be reduced by targeting passengers for more rigorous checks, with "young Muslim men" a focus. But Mr Desai told BBC 2's Newsnight: "What you are suggesting is that we should have a new offence in this country called 'travelling whilst Asian'. "That's unpalatable to everyone. It is communities that defeat terrorism, and what we don't want to do is actually alienate the very communities who are going to help us catch terrorists. "We cannot lose sight of the fact that terrorists come in all shapes and sizes."
They do come in all shapes and sizes, unfortunately a quick look over at terrorist acts/plots around the world find them mostly Arab or Asian Muslims. Now this is the type of talk that creates a vicious backlash because it looks like you are living in a fantasy world.

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