Thursday, July 28, 2005

Racial Profiling - Politicians are cowards

In a New York Times op/ed, Paul Sperry wonders how stopping Girl Scouts and grannies, in a procedure that has more to do with demonstrating tolerance than with protecting citizens from terrorism, will save any lives. The obvious answer is, it won't.

There is an excellent profile of terrorist bombers here that I have not seen before and merits reprinting in its entirety. Everyone should be aware of this profile.

Department of Homeland Security
Terrorist Profile

Young Muslim men of Arab or South Asian origin. Elderly Muslim women don't fit the terrorist profile. Neither do young Muslim girls or children.

Seen praying fervently, giving the appearance of whispering to someone.

A shaved head or short haircut. A short haircut or recently shaved beard or moustache may be evident by differences in skin complexion on the head or face.

May smell of herbal or flower water (most likely flower water), as they may have sprayed perfume on themselves, their clothing, and weapons to prepare for Paradise.

Identity cards in their shoes because they want to be praised and recognized as martyrs. (This is difficult to spot, but is mentioned.)

May raise their hands in the air just before the explosion to prevent the destruction of their fingerprints. (Best advice if you see this is to say a quick prayer to your God because you will shortly be on your way to meet him.)
Sperry also gives us a list of useless precautions and profiles that protect nobody, inconvenience everybody and waste law enforcement resources.
Useless precautions and profiles that protect nobody:

Grannies and Girl Scouts having their backpacks and bags searched.

People wearing heavy coats who do not fit other terrorist profiles.

People fiddling with their bags who do not fit other terrorist profiles.

People sweating who do not fit other terrorist profiles.

Elderly Muslim Women

Young Muslim girls and Muslim children.
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