Friday, December 23, 2011
Spencer's simple-minded prescription for airport profiling
Robert Spencer writes (for the second time in recent memory):
... the whole TSA security apparatus exists because of Islamic jihad terrorists, and yet, as I have pointed out many times, it will never be adequate to stop those jihadists. The TSA is always prohibiting or restricting or searching things pertaining to the method of the previous jihad attack attempt -- shoes, liquids, etc. -- but they have no way to anticipate or head off the method of the next attack. And they waste huge amounts of time, money, and resources by pretending that everyone is an equal threat to launch a terror attack -- Baptist grandmothers in wheelchairs just as much as young Pakistani Muslim males. And now, seizing terrorist cupcakes.
This part is fine. It's where Spencer goes from here that is the problem:
The only answer at this point, and even it is not perfect, would be to institute Israeli-style profiling of air passengers. The Israelis have run an efficient and terror-attack-free air service for years, without all these invasive security measures.
Two problems here:
1) Israel, being a tiny postage-stamp-sized country with a minuscule fraction of the air traffic the sprawling gigantic U.S.A. has to deal with, has the luxury of being capable of controlling its airports more effectively.
2) And because of #1, Israel can control its airports with less overtly discriminatory profiling.
Because of the size and complexity of a country like the U.S.A. we would be forced to institute a kind of profiling that even Spencer would disapprove of -- i.e., as I have called for before, simply not allowing Muslims to fly on planes at all, and identifying Muslims in part by whether they look like Muslims.
And, of course, this applies to all social venues; not merely airports.
(As the reader will note on sampling some of these further links below, Spencer has, characteristically, waffled and weaseled on this issue of profiling before, leaving a mess of incoherent logic behind to be cleaned up.)
Racial Islamic Profiling
Muslim Profiling Revisited
Muslim Profiling Revisited Part Two
A note on the need for racial profiling
Muslim Profiling in a Nutshell
Muslim Profiling in a Peanut Shell
Racial Profiling and the Problem of Islam
Racial Profiling and the Problem of Islam -- Part Two