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Rick Santorum Claims He Supports TSA Using Ethnic And Religious Profiling Of Younger Muslim Males

23 November 2011 Huffington Post 6 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

One of the most devout Christians in the GOP field endorsed singling out Muslims for extra screening by the Transportation Security Administration while the only African-American candidate called for racial profiling by another name.

“Obviously, Muslims would be someone you look at, absolutely,” said former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum. “The radical Muslims are the people committing these crimes, by and large, with younger males” also deserving of more scrutiny at airport checkpoints.

Herman Cain said he was in favor of “targeted identification,” another way of saying some people look more suspicious than others. “If you take a look at the people who have tried to kill us it would be easy to identify what that profile looks like.” But when moderator Wolf Blitzer suggested that focusing on one sort of person would be like sngling out Christians or Jews, Cain rejected the premise as “simplifying.”

Rep. Ron Paul, as is wont in these debates, differed from his rivals. After Santorum noted that Muslims would be “your best candidates” for extra screening, the Texas congressman said, “What if they look like Timothy McVeigh?” referring to the white Christian ex-soldier convicted in 1995’s Oklahoma City bombing.

“That’s digging a hole for ourselves,” Paul said.

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  1. This is just the problem – when you say “terrorism,” the majority of Americans jump to the immediate image of a Arab suicide bomber. While targeted identification is a huge part of profiling, it is an invalid argument in this sense because a terrorist can be absolutely anybody. They say they’re using religious profiling, but religion isn’t like race – you can’t tell from the color of skin what religion a person belongs to. And if you think Al-Qaeda can’t find a white guy to carry out their objective, then you’re doing nothing to prevent it.

  2. Good. These are the ones that need singling out, not the 85 year old grandmother or the 12 year old girl.

  3. And the moderators here will delete my comment because it makes sense.
    This site is promoting Sharia law. There is no freedom with Sharia or Islam.

  4. no moron farmer profiling is ineffective against terrosim http://www.alternet.org/rights/145024/not_only_is_profiling_for_terrorism_racist%2C_it%27s_tremendously_ineffective not only ineeffective but its also idiotic why well tell me timothy mcveigh was he a muslim the ira are they muslims yeah some of the reasons profiling is also idiotic.

  5. I said idiotic twice oops.

  6. What if he looks like Anders Breivik?

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