Carol Platt Liebau: The Liberal Response to Terror

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Liberal Response to Terror

Ruben Navarette argues that America is in an "intolerant mood" because people are reconsidering the wisdom of engaging in some degree of racial profiling.

To Navarette's way of thinking, the open acknowledgement that Muslims are, indeed, more likely to engage in Islamofascist terrorism than, say, Jews is the thought that dare not speak its name.

How silly. If short, blue-eyed thirtysomething Christians were the demographic most likely to blow up an airplane, I'd be willing to submit to extra scrutiny -- and rather than objecting to the fact that not everyone is being subjected to the same inconvenience, my wrath would be directed at my co-religionists who were the source of the problem, rather than those who are trying to find efficient ways to respond to it.

"Equal protection of the laws" doesn't mean that everyone must be treated alike by the U.S. government at all times (as is obvious from the distinctions made in the conferral of government benefits). It simply means that the government can't decide to enforce the law against some, but not against others, simply because of who they (or their victims) are.

Trying to find the most intelligent ways to identify and stop those who are the source of terrorism obviously makes more sense than treating every American like a potential terrorist. But people like Navarette are willing to have everyone treated like a terrorist to prevent any obvious, but politically incorrect, distinctions being recognized based on gender, ethnicity or religion.


Blogger COPioneer said...

Political Correctness equates to Less Freedom, Wasted $ and Less Security.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

Wouldn't life be safer for the elite if the authorities pulled blacks over just to be sure they are not doing anything wrong, especially if they are driving through a rich white neighborhood. Or doing the same for all who look like illegal Mexicans. Or those that look like drug dealers. Or those that wear trashy clothes and look like prostitutes. Look the Capitol Police do it. Out of seven black women Congresswoman they pretend they don't know them so they can check their bags. Just to be safe because we know they don't support the Prez and that could be the spark that burns down the halls of Congress.

Certainly Senator Allen would vote to give the "monkeys" special treatment.

Anyone notice Carol discribes herself as one who should not be inconvienenced. While her financial and phone records are being sifted through. Yet her description seems to include skin-heads and neo-nazis that may prove to be dangerous in the future.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Hell yes I'm intolerant. I'm intolerant of scumbags trying to blow my ass up! I'm also intolerant of people like editor, who is more interested in smearing conservative bloggers than doing what is necessary, efficient and effective in combatting those scumbags trying to blow my ass up.

Profiling is NOT racist in and of itself. If that rich white neighborhood was being terrorized by black or Latino street gangs, why would the cops waste their time pulling over white kids? What's the point in doing so, if only the stated gang members are ever caught breaking the law? I would also state that I don't believe there was any such problem concerning all the black congresswomen, just the one idiot who thankfully has lost her gig. But as women change their appearance on a whim, ANY congresswoman, or man for that matter, alters their looks should expect to not be recognized, and keep their ID's at the ready.

And when white guys, neo-Nazis or whomever, start pulling crap, you can damn well believe people like Carol and other conservatives will be on board to do whatever it takes to deal with the problem. But wackjobs like yourself, eddy-boy, will still be getting in the way with your obstructionist ways.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

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6:26 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

Thats right Marshall, I and the rest of the world will stop your crackpot christianity and other mini cloned Jesus freaks.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Editor said...
"Wouldn't life be safer for the elite if the authorities pulled blacks over just to be sure they are not doing anything wrong, especially if they are driving through a rich white neighborhood." Editor, the above is a LAME
and ignorant statement, showing that you are seriously out of touch with reality! I'm sure that you are smarter than that statement makes you look, aren't you?

11:01 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Oh wait, I know...Editor is really...Dittohead! You changed your name didn't you?

11:04 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

Cliff, try calling any metro police station or attorney generals office and ask them if they profile suspects.

I am as lame as Gonzales.

12:08 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

I'm all for profiling.

It is simiply STUPID not to look for known characteristics when searching for terrorists or criminals. I guess that's why it's the official policy of liberals and Democrats.

7:09 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

I'll be tolerant of them when they are tolerant of my Christianity. They want to destroy our way of life, plain and simple, and that includes athiests, marxists, dittoheads, agnostics, evolutionists, humanists, and hippies. If you live in the most free and yes liberal democratic society ever on the face of the earth, then they want to blast you back to the 8th century where they are stuck on stupid.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Editor said...
"Cliff, try calling any metro police station or attorney generals office and ask them if they profile suspects. " Maybe you don't understand, I WANT them to profile subjects! Absolutely!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

That's just it, Cliff. eddy doesn't understand...much of anything.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

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9:14 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

Looks like profiling is already taking place.

CEREDO, W.Va. - A West Virginia airport terminal was evacuated Thursday after two bottles of liquid found in a woman's carry-on luggage twice tested positive for explosives residue, a Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman said.

Chemical tests later Thursday turned up no explosives in the bottles, said Capt. Jack Chambers, head of the State Police Special Operations unit. The airport was reopened after nearly 10 hours.

No charges were filed against the woman, who was taken from the airport by federal authorities at 5 p.m., Salyers said.

The woman's mother told the Associated Press that her daughter, who is four months pregnant and lives in Barboursville, W.Va., was targeted because of her nationality and Islamic headcover.

"It was not only a false alarm, it was racial discrimination because there was nothing, She just had water to drink because she is pregnant and she had a face wash that had a drop of bleach on it," Qayyum said from her home in Jackson.

10:41 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

I'd be more interested in stopping the ones who seem excedingly nervous, are talking to themselves, and holding their "sports drinks" like they are a bottle of nitroglycerin (or something even MORE unstable.)

Rather than stopping with the "professionalization" the corps of baggage screeners we already had--and by that I mean "giving them spiffy TSA uniforms"--we should have brought in some retired police detectives to watch the security lines. Guys like that are pretty good at the kind of profiling that matters: behavioral profiling.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Editor said...
"Looks like profiling is already taking place."

Sounds good! But it's just the beginning.

7:59 AM  

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