Beginning at 12:00 AM this morning,anyone traveling from or through nations regarded as state sponsors of terrorism — as well as “other countries of interest” — will be required to go through enhanced screening techniques before boarding flights. The Transportation Security Administration said those heightened security measures would include full-body pat-downs, carryon bag searches, full-body scanning and explosive detection technology. The U.S. State Department lists Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria as state sponsors of terrorism. The other countries whose passengers will face enhanced screening include Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen.
According to CAIR a Muslim group linked to terrorist organizations Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, the new TSA policy is ethnic/religious profiling.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the new guidelines, under which anyone traveling from or through 13 Muslim-majority nations will be required to go through enhanced screening techniques before boarding flights, will disproportionately target American Muslims who have family or spiritual ties to the Islamic world and therefore amount to religious and ethnic profiling.
And the problem is….? I have said it over and over, not all Muslims are Islamic terrorists, but all Islamic terrorists are Muslims. The day al Qaeda sends 85 year-old-Mah Jong-playing Jewish grandmas to blow up a plane with a bomb in their crotch, I believe we should start profiling 85 year-old-Mah Jong-playing Jewish grandma. The fact is the Terrorists trying to kill us, like the ones CAIR has been supporting, are Muslim. So what is the reason not to profile, other than to encourage more terror?
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“Under these new guidelines, almost every American Muslim who travels to see family or friends or goes on pilgrimage to Mecca will automatically be singled out for special security checks — that’s profiling,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “While singling out travelers based on religion and national origin may make some people feel safer, it only serves to alienate and stigmatize Muslims and does nothing to improve airline security.”
“We all support effective security measures that will protect the traveling public from an attack such as that attempted on Christmas Day,” added Awad. “But knee-jerk policies will not address this serious challenge to public safety.”
Nice quote right? Here is another nice quote from CAIR:
In an interview on MSNBC on July 26, 2005, CAIR legal director Arsalan Iftikhar, referred to Yusuf al-Qaradawi as “one of the most famous Muslim scholars in Cairo” who had said “unequivocally” that suicide bombings and acts of terrorism “are completely outside the bounds of Islam.” This is a gross lie, as Qaradawi expressed, prior to 2005, support for suicide bombings and the killing of Israeli civilians. Similarly, in 2006 CAIR National Director Nihad Awad called him a “prominent and known scholar.” Perhaps this treatment should come as no surprise, considering Qaradawi himself confirmed his favorable attitude toward CAIR in a November 2002 interview on Al-Jazeera, referring to the organization as “our brothers there [in America].”
You see along with raising money for Hamas, one of CAIR’s roles is to spread disinformation about Islamic terror, the above is just one of many examples of CAIR trying to white wash a terrorist. But sometimes they don’t white wash they just come out and announce their support. Nihad Awad, has publicly stated his support for a known terrorist organization. On March 22, 1994, at a symposium at Barry University in Florida, he said, “I am in support of the Hamas movement.”
In a commentary distributed today by CAIR challenging calls for profiling, Awad suggested alternatives to faith-based security checks: “First look at behavior, not at faith or skin color. Then spend what it takes to obtain more bomb-sniffing dogs, to install more sophisticated bomb-detection equipment and to train security personnel in identifying the behavior of real terror suspects.”
TSA didn’t say anything about faith or skin-color it just talked about place of origin, but I would have supported them if they had. When my family gets on an airplane, I want the TSA to do everything possible that they arrive on the ground via a safe landing, not a bomb on a plane.
He noted that the behavior of the alleged Christmas Day bomber, not his national origin or faith, should have prevented him from ever boarding the flight. Suspicious behavior of the alleged bomber included paying cash for his ticket and checking in without luggage.
Nothing to do with his faith? That’s not what his father said, his dad said that his son had become a radical Islamist.
“But aside from the moral objections, as we’ve seen, profiling by characteristic isn’t very efficient. The minute U.S. officials put out the word that they’re not scrutinizing people with blond hair and blue eyes is the minute that al-Qaida starts recruiting people with blond hair and blue eyes. Would looking for Arab-Americans have turned up a passenger that resembled ‘American Taliban’ fighter John Walker Lindh? Would applying extra scrutiny to people with foreign-sounding names have kept would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid off a plane?”
But it would have gotten the underwear bomber, and the 9/11 bombers. As far as Reid he should have been stopped because he was attending the radical Finsbury Park Mosque in North London headed at that time by extremist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and described as “the heart of the extremist Islamic culture” in Britain. That should have tipped people off, but the political correctness spurred on by terrorist supporters such as CAIR makes people too scared to admit the obvious.