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Has racial profiling increased since September 11th?

Has racial profiling increased since September 11 either at the airport or on the street? Do you find yourself looking suspiciously at people of certain races when you are on an airplane? What do you think of our government's policies on this matter? Share your thoughts.

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Has racial profiling increased since September 11th? Yes...and rightfully so!!! Profiling in an of itself is not a bad thing. It is common sense. We know what the enemy on 9/11 looked like. We know what the prime suspects look like. Does this mean that we should consider anyone that fits that profile as being guilty? Absolutely not. However, it does provide a basis for taking a second look at someone when they are: a muslim male, in the U.S., on an education visa, with a one way ticket. It is only common sense to look at that person more closely then the 75 year old grandmother. As for the Arab nations perception of the U.S.? I think that goal is overstated and unnecessary. The middle east has an inferiority complex and no matter what we do, that will not be solved any time soon. Their negative perception is built out of frustration of their inability to develop a society that produces nothing more than oil and terror. Think about the fact that if you take away oil, all the combined exports of the middle east are equivalent to the combined exports of Finland - a country with 1/50th the number of people. No, the problem is not the U.S. which has a right to its citizens to use its military for reasons it sees fit (as opposed to what the U.N. or E.U. think it should use it for). The problem is that Middle Eastern nations are looking into the abyss that is their own inadequcies and instead of blaming it on their culture and doing something to improve it, they make the U.S. the scapegoat.

TC, Marshfield

I strongly believe in profiling, but searches have to be professional and not carried to the point of harrassment. People should not have a problem with being profiled if they have nothing to hide.

Drew, Boston

Well, I ask you this: were any of the hijackers on the four planes from 9/11/01 Russian? Were any consipirators found in the U.S. Jamaican? Are any of the agencies being investigated in supporting terrorists Japanese-based? The suicide bombings in Israel - carried out by Norwegians? I'm saying, if we DON'T use racial profiling in trying to find terrorists (in this case, at least, they ARE all Arab, right?) then we would be STUPID! Are we not bright enough to use obvious evidence? If EVERY TERRORIST wore PLAID SHIRTS AND PINK PANTS AT ALL TIMES - would we not look out for folks wearing those items? Would that be Apparal-Profiling? Let's use our heads here, people...

Tommy, Boston

I went to my hometown of DC over the long weekend, and everything at Logan airport went well re: racial profiling (I am Pakistani-American) --- I went through the same processes as everyone else. Some guy on the plane kept staring at me but I just stared back till he looked away. However, right before take-off, it was discovered they let a woman on the flight when she needed the next one out of the gate! The plane was full, and there wasn't even anything available for stand-by, so it was obvious there was one too many people on the plane. The woman was exclaiming "There is a man in my seat!" The captain came out with the passeneger list, the flight attendants helped him, looked at the woman's boarding pass (which should have been checked 4 times by the time you got in the plane), and told her she was on the wrong flight.

shuq, malden

I do not think we have done enough profiling. The reason for this being all those liberal people who say this is the United States, people are innocent until proven guilty, Thats right it is....and thats what the Terrorists are banking on!!! The only people who should be innocent until proven guilty should be US Citizens!! So lets make sure we give these terrorists all the rights they deserve. Lets treat them just like we would any other person by not profiling them and respecting their privacy. Until they strike again. Those same people will then turn around and say "We need to stop the violence". That is until its one of their family members that is unfortunately killed next time. Then they will be the ones screaming for justice.

Michael , Medford

Profiling of Arabs is 100% justified and it is the only way to make sure that none of these "sleeper" agents are overlooked....just like profiling of certain Italians is justified if you're looking to capture mob members (and I am Italian, so please drop the "R" word in any rebuttals). This is not a game people, this is a savage battle to the death against a vicious, brutal, hateful enemy...political correctness/multiculturalism are infectious diseases that are killing the age old American ideal of assimilation, "the melting pot", if you will. The only way to make sure that the American ideal is restored is by smoking out these savage terrorist animals and killing/jailing them for life. Once that is done, we will then know that the Arabs living in this country after the war is won are here to assimilate fully into American society and to think/act as Americans (while of course maintaining keen aspects of their native culture). If a few innocents get stepped on along the way to ultimate victory, well, it is a WAR you know, and innocents get hurt in wars. We didn't ask for this war, but we now have it, and it has to be won---political correctness and "multiculturalism" has no place in a society at war.

TC, Malden

I have not seen any discrimation or profiling of Arabs. It is stupid to waste so much time searching the bags of non-Arab travelers simply because we do not want to profile. No one can reasonably dispute it was not Arabs who created this situation. Not only have the terrorists succeeded in bringing down two skyscrapers, but have hurt our country financially by ruining travel as not many people want to go through the aggravation of baggage search etc. Unfortunately, our enemies are Arabs, therefore profiling becomes a necessity. Lets not harass individuals who want to travel as they did previously to 9/11.

jonny, chelsea

Racial profiling is nothing more than trying to increase the liklihood of catching a terrorist. I have not seen any racial profiling, but I believe it is justified at airport checkpoints, etc. for good reason. Under the current system of random checks at airport security checkpoints, people who are clearly not terrorists, such as white businessmen and the elderly, are being frisked and are having their luggage searched with a fine toothed comb. If anyone can make a case that such this is not a complete waste of time and resources on the part of airport screeners, I would like to hear it. With regard to the perception of the U.S. that is so common in Arab nations -- Arabs are told whatever the tyrants running their countries want them to know. I have no interest in trying to improve our image with Arabs because it will do nothing but promote an image of weakness to them. One of the primary ways the muslim dicators stay in power is to focus their peoples' attention on an external enemy. I can understand the Globe worrying about the Arab World's perception of the U.S., but most Americans understand that jealousy and tyranny are the reason for this "perception problem." Ask ANY arab where they would like to go if given a chance, and 90% of the time, the destination of choice is the United States.

Charles , Beverly

So what if racial profiling has increased. The bottom line is young male Arabs were responsible for the bombing attacks not 90 year old grandmothers. By racial profiling you limit the number of people you have to search and thereby increase your chances of catching the criminals. I do not believe the profiling has to lead to the extremes as seen in WWII with the Japanese, and it should be done at the same time respecting the rights of those being searched but give us a break. Profiling will increase the chances of success in catching those that want to carry out terrorist attacks

John, Manchester

As long as we strongly support Israel, we can expect more and more terrorism. The terrorists are not just targeting the free world as you do not hear of Buckingham Palace in England, or the Kremlin in Russian, or Australia, Canada and others suffering attacks or threats like we are. The US people should have a say in how, and if, the country should support governments outside our borders.

fred , southbridge

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