Inhofe: ‘I Believe in Racial and Ethnic Profiling’

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Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

Not many senators are willing to own up to this, but here’s Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) in today’s Fort Hood hearing in the Armed Services Committee. He made it clear he’s talking about the Northwest Airlines Flight 253 case as well. Notice how he portrays himself as a brave truth-teller instead of, you know, a racist.

I’m, for one — I know it’s not politically correct to say it — I believe in racial and ethnic profiling. I think if you’re looking at people getting on an airplane and you have X amount of resources to get into it, you get at the targets, and not my wife. And I just think it’s something that should be looked into. The statement that’s made, it’s probably 90 percent true with some exceptions like the Murrah federal office building in my state, Oklahoma. Those people, they were not Muslims, they were not Middle Easterners. But when you hear that not all Middle Easterners or Muslims between the age of 20 and 35 are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims or Middle Easterners between the age of 20 and 35, that’s by and large true. And I think that sometime we’re going to have to — at least, I’m going to have to have a better answer than I give the people back home, when people board planes or get into environments such as the environment we’re dealing with with this report.

Funny thing. There are some Bush administration officials who think profiling is not just disgusting but stupid:

Bush administration officials Michael Chertoff and Mike Hayden publicly oppose profiling. Abdulmutallab “would not have automatically fit a profile if you were standing next to him in the visa line at Dulles,” Hadyen, a former CIA and NSA director, said on ‘Meet The Press’ on Jan. 3. “One of the things al-Qaeda’s done is deliberately tried to recruit people who don’t fit the stereotype, who are Western in background or appearance,” Chertoff, a former secretary of Homeland Security, said on the same program.

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Rick
Comment posted January 21, 2010 @ 11:58 am

Everything seems to go too far. Racial profiling of Blacks, over 10 percent of the Black males between 20 and 30 are in jail or prison.

We should not expect young Black males to be criminals. Time has proven them to be much more likely but we should not take that into account.?


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[...] Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) “openly supported racial and ethnic profiling today, arguing that it’s ‘90% true’ that all terrorists are ‘Muslims or Middle Easterners,’” The Hill reports. Here are his exact words, via Spencer Ackerman: [...]


strangely_enough
Comment posted January 21, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

Yeah, brown people are bad, and racism is comforting to a certain percentage of the population, but we shouldn't take that into account now should we…


theconfidenceman
Comment posted January 21, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

Spencer, do you know WTF was up w/Inhofe's comment “not my wife”? Seems a little too personal to be a “not random white person X” counterexample — more like a case of “those uppity security personnel made my wife throw out her 4oz tube of toothpaste on our last flight.”


ethicsmatter
Comment posted January 21, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

Spence,

Call Inhofe's D.C. office at (202) 224-4721. Lady there says Inhofe didn't mean what he said, that he's NOT for racial profiling.

Instead, the lady said, Inhofe's for being “politically incorrect” and “protecting the American people.”

Asked her whether or not Oklahoma still includes Oklahoma City, the place where the white, blond, American, Tim McVeigh, blew up the building a few years back and killed a whole mess of people? How does Sen. Inhofe figure to racially profile and be politically incorrect to protect his own Oklahomans? Or Georgians who got bombed when another white American, Eric Rudolph, done blowed up the Olympics right after Mr. McVeigh?

Is Sen. Inhofe going to be politically incorrect and protect Oklahomans and Georgians by profiling white, blond, American boys in those states and Arabs everywhere else?

Boy don't make no sense. Neither did the lady answering his phone.

See what you can find out from his Spin People.


mrsnorman
Comment posted January 21, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

OMG you are so so STUPID and ignorant! You need a serious history lesson. However, white trash such as yourself would have a difficult time understanding anyhow, so what would be the point.


RightDownTheMiddle
Comment posted January 21, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

We totally could have prevented the OK City bombing had we done some racial profiling….oh wait.


rgilley
Comment posted January 21, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

Is anyone surprized really a Inhoff's statement? He has always been and has always been elected Because he's a racist! And obviously not a ver bright racist.


miken
Comment posted January 21, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

gee if 99% of all terrorist attacks come from muslims does it really make sense that i have to wait in line for an extra hour at the airport while senior citizens are frisked because you liberals have no common sense? Nothing works better than profiling.


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wintermute115
Comment posted January 21, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

Yeah, we should totally tell terrorists what they have to do to get through airport security with only minimal checks. That couldn't possibly turn out bad, could it?

There's a reason why no-one who works in security thinks racial profiling is a good idea…


simplyasking
Comment posted January 21, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

The United States is at war with Islamic extremists, not your typical nation-state actors. If we were at war with say, a group of Russian anarchists who had a history of hijacking airplanes, would it be fair to screen Russian citizens before they boarded a plane bound for America?
Of course it would be–we already screen before giving visas; this would simply be a measure of upgraded security. Furthermore, would it be fair if they were subjected to screening on all domestic flights, once in the US? Most people would agree that it would be completely fair, as it could be part of their visa's terms.

This works perfectly well for nation-states. When we start talking about religious and ethnic groups, we can follow the same logical standards, yet we don't, all in the name of political correctness.

Why is it fair for the US to enact extra security measures for passengers arriving from certain foreign countries (not to mention banning air traffic to some areas completely), yet unfair to do so for flights within the United States?


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[...] In addition to being an affront to civil rights, ethic profiling is ineffective. Inhofe says he is worried about limited resources, but ethnic profiling actually wastes law enforcement resources by chasing false targets. Moreover, many terrorists — including “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, al Qaeda recruit Adam Pearlman, and “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski — don’t fit Inhofe’s profile. As former Bush Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told NPR last month, the recent Christmas Day bombing attempt illustrated “the danger and the foolishness of profiling because people’s conception of what a potential terrorist looks like often doesn’t match reality.” (HT: Washington Independent) [...]


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[...] In addition to being an affront to civil rights, ethic profiling is ineffective. Inhofe says he is worried about limited resources, but ethnic profiling actually wastes law enforcement resources by chasing false targets. Moreover, many terrorists — including “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, al Qaeda recruit Adam Pearlman, and “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski — don’t fit Inhofe’s profile. As former Bush Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told NPR last month, the recent Christmas Day bombing attempt illustrated “the danger and the foolishness of profiling because people’s conception of what a potential terrorist looks like often doesn’t match reality.” (HT: Washington Independent) [...]


johnbyrnes
Comment posted January 22, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

Profiling has failed us; we don’t need profiling to identify Individuals like the Christmas-Day Bomber or the Fort Hood Shooter! There is a better solution!

Virtually all media outlets are discussing whether we should be profiling all Arab Muslims; I will in the one-page explain why we don’t need profiling. Over 15 years ago, we at the Center for Aggression Management developed an easily-applied, measurable and culturally-neutral body language and behavior indicators exhibited by people who intend to perpetrate a terrorist act. This unique methodology utilizes proven research from the fields of psychology, medicine and law enforcement which, when joined together, identify clear, easily-used physiologically-based characteristics of individuals who are about to engage in terrorist activities in time to prevent their Moment of Commitment.

The Problem
Since the foiled terrorist attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian national on Northwest Flight 253 to Detroit, the President has repeatedly stated that there has been a systemic failure as he reiterates his commitment to fill this gap in our security. This incident, like the Fort Hood shooting, exemplifies why our government must apply every valid preventative approach to identify a potential terrorist.

The myriad methods to identify a terrorist, whether “no-fly list,” “explosive and weapons detection,” mental illness based approaches, “profiling” or “deception detection” – all continue to fail us. Furthermore, the development of deception detection training at Boston Logan Airport demonstrated that the Israeli methods of interrogation will not work in the United States.

All media outlets are discussing the need for profiling of Muslim Arabs, but profiling does not work for the following three reasons:

1. In practice, ethnic profiling tells us that within a certain group of people there is a higher probability for a terrorist; it does not tell us who the next terrorist is!

2. Ethnic profiling is contrary to the value our society places on diversity and freedom from discrimination based on racial, ethnic, religious, age and/or gender based criteria. If we use profiling it will diminish our position among the majority of affected citizens who support us as a beacon of freedom and liberty.

3. By narrowing our field of vision, profiling can lead to the consequence of letting terrorists go undetected, because the terrorist may not be part of any known “profile worthy” group – e.g., the Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh

The Solution
Our unique methodology for screening passengers can easily discern (independently of race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, age, and gender) the defining characteristics of human beings who are about to engage in terrorist acts.

The question is when will our government use true “hostile intent” through the “continuum of aggressive behavior” to identify potential terrorists? Only when observers focus specifically on “aggressive behavior” do the objective and culturally neutral signs of “aggression” clearly stand out, providing the opportunity to prevent these violent encounters. This method will not only make all citizens safer, but will also pass the inevitable test of legal defensibility given probable action by the ACLU.

As our Government analyzes what went wrong regarding Abdulmatallab’s entrance into the United States, you can be assured that Al Qaeda is also analyzing how their plans went wrong. Who do you think will figure it out first . . . ?

Visit our blog at http://blog.AggressionManagement.com where we discuss the shooting at Fort Hood and the attempted terrorist act on Flight 253.


johnbyrnes
Comment posted January 23, 2010 @ 12:17 am

Profiling has failed us; we don’t need profiling to identify Individuals like the Christmas-Day Bomber or the Fort Hood Shooter! There is a better solution!

Virtually all media outlets are discussing whether we should be profiling all Arab Muslims; I will in the one-page explain why we don’t need profiling. Over 15 years ago, we at the Center for Aggression Management developed an easily-applied, measurable and culturally-neutral body language and behavior indicators exhibited by people who intend to perpetrate a terrorist act. This unique methodology utilizes proven research from the fields of psychology, medicine and law enforcement which, when joined together, identify clear, easily-used physiologically-based characteristics of individuals who are about to engage in terrorist activities in time to prevent their Moment of Commitment.

The Problem
Since the foiled terrorist attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian national on Northwest Flight 253 to Detroit, the President has repeatedly stated that there has been a systemic failure as he reiterates his commitment to fill this gap in our security. This incident, like the Fort Hood shooting, exemplifies why our government must apply every valid preventative approach to identify a potential terrorist.

The myriad methods to identify a terrorist, whether “no-fly list,” “explosive and weapons detection,” mental illness based approaches, “profiling” or “deception detection” – all continue to fail us. Furthermore, the development of deception detection training at Boston Logan Airport demonstrated that the Israeli methods of interrogation will not work in the United States.

All media outlets are discussing the need for profiling of Muslim Arabs, but profiling does not work for the following three reasons:

1. In practice, ethnic profiling tells us that within a certain group of people there is a higher probability for a terrorist; it does not tell us who the next terrorist is!

2. Ethnic profiling is contrary to the value our society places on diversity and freedom from discrimination based on racial, ethnic, religious, age and/or gender based criteria. If we use profiling it will diminish our position among the majority of affected citizens who support us as a beacon of freedom and liberty.

3. By narrowing our field of vision, profiling can lead to the consequence of letting terrorists go undetected, because the terrorist may not be part of any known “profile worthy” group – e.g., the Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh

The Solution
Our unique methodology for screening passengers can easily discern (independently of race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, age, and gender) the defining characteristics of human beings who are about to engage in terrorist acts.

The question is when will our government use true “hostile intent” through the “continuum of aggressive behavior” to identify potential terrorists? Only when observers focus specifically on “aggressive behavior” do the objective and culturally neutral signs of “aggression” clearly stand out, providing the opportunity to prevent these violent encounters. This method will not only make all citizens safer, but will also pass the inevitable test of legal defensibility given probable action by the ACLU.

As our Government analyzes what went wrong regarding Abdulmatallab’s entrance into the United States, you can be assured that Al Qaeda is also analyzing how their plans went wrong. Who do you think will figure it out first . . . ?

Visit our blog at http://blog.AggressionManagement.com where we discuss the shooting at Fort Hood and the attempted terrorist act on Flight 253.


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guest
Comment posted June 21, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

you showed your bightness by the fact that you can't even spell. So who's the dummy here? answer you! Racial profilling is the best and only answer, or we could just throw out and never let enter the us the blacks,browns, and all in betweens. This is the best way. We tried the melting pot way several times in the worlds history and it proves that intermixing the races is a recipe for destructiomn.


geust
Comment posted June 21, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

So who's the dummy here? answer you! Racial profilling is the best and only answer, or we could just throw out and never let enter the us the blacks,browns, and all in betweens. This is the best way. We tried the melting pot way several times in the worlds history and it proves that intermixing the races is a recipe for destructiomn. Blacks need to go back to the filth they call home”africa” and not the rest of the world. they trash all they touch


Kkrebsturner
Comment posted October 20, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

Really a bave truth teller! Yeah right your just saying that to cover up the racist jerk you are! By the way there have been white terrorist. just shows how much you no.


pulse of the magots
Comment posted October 20, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

Sorry about the spelling I was really mad.


Cassieus Clay
Comment posted November 29, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

i tell you my friend indians and blacks dont run the state of Indiana me and my family were herassed by those two backgrounds in Oklahoma and we were sent to jail for defending ourselfs too much respect for monkeys and injins i love to take my family home to the hoosier land and visit thegreat rope lynching musiems across the state or in kentucky you can watch films on general clay and Daniel Boone chase the animals west of the Mississippi river to Oklahoma


Cassieus Clay
Comment posted November 29, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

i tell you my friend indians and blacks dont run the state of Indiana me and my family were herassed by those two backgrounds in Oklahoma and we were sent to jail for defending ourselfs too much respect for monkeys and injins i love to take my family home to the hoosier land and visit thegreat rope lynching musiems across the state or in kentucky you can watch films on general clay and Daniel Boone chase the animals west of the Mississippi river to Oklahoma


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