Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Discuss, II

Why does the DHS refuse to profile Muslims - a group which contains a certain subset known to be actively seeking violent jihad - but at the same time has absolutely no problem profiling amputees, even though there has never been a prosthesis bomber?

18 comments:

Weer'd Beard said...

Amputees don't cut people's heads off, or blow up building when they get butthurt.

Fear is the answer!

Joanna said...

even though there has never been a prosthesis bomber?

Asked and answered in one.

Groundhog said...

Well obviously the TSA has prevented every prosthesis bomber... EVER! Yup, they're just that good...

Alan said...

Yes, and they've kept all the elephants off planes too.

Good job.

Breda said...

Unless I'm misreading your comment, Joanna, it seems you think amputees are a bigger risk too, just because the attempt hasn't been made yet.

No?

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

I thought that one TSA conversation was great:

"We think your nipple jewelry is an activation pin for a bomb, so I'm gonna need you to pull them out to prove they aren't"

"If you really thought I had boob grenades you wouldn't be standing there while I pulled the pins, so can I go now?"

Mike W. said...

Breda - I read Joanna's comment as more of a They do it so they can point and say "There's never been a prosthesis bomber, look how effective we are at stopping terrorists"

They know you're not a threat, but by singling you out instead of the real threat they can feign competency and look like they're "doing something."

Also, they're power hungry cowards who will gladly profile the meek and submissive. Why else do you think they pick on those with disabilities / physical impediments?

Bullies always go after those they think they can easily intimidate. Punch em' in the mouth and they go bother an easier target. Too bad that wouldn't work too well with government employed goons.

Breda said...

Ah, I did misread. Thanks.

Newbius said...

Tyranny always targets the weakest first, then uses their compliance with the unreasonable as example to push the boundaries into the less-easily-cowed. Thence, in ever-widening circles of submission until the populace thinks the oppression is normal.

Those individuals who resist are easily culled from the herd. The nail head that stands proud is either punched into conformity, or pulled out entirely and discarded as unsuitable.

Montana said...

If you focus on only Muslim extremists, you're going to miss a lot of pissed off groups. McVeih(sp?) wasn't Muslim, yet was pissed off enough to blow up a federal building, Tamli Tigers aren't Muslim, what about the IRA? We haven't heard from them in a while and things seem to be getting better, but that may not last. Profiling isn't the answer, and neither treating citizens like criminals. I was pissed off when the Patriot act got passed and I haven't gotten any happier since then. When we change our society in response to terrorists, they win.

JB Miller said...

I say profile and interview.

To hell with political correctness.

Even if the profile is a wide net, like men between 28 and 50.

williamthecoroner said...

Because the amputees can't run as fast. But I'm a cynical SOB that way.

Heath said...

It's not about security in the first place.. This is about control.

And to the original question, I think it's all a big PC circle jerk. Can't be offending the Screaming Beards, can we?

Old NFO said...

One word... PCism...

drone1 said...

search the internet for muslim lying. here's a link: http://www.islam-watch.org/Warner/Taqiyya-Islamic-Principle-Lying-for-Allah.htm
point is, everyone else is a sworn enemy of islam. bad news for us non-believers.

gunnypink said...

The director of homeland security provided us with a detailed picture of a "terrorist", and well, golly gee, they turned out to be Christians, gun owners, believers in smaller gummint...you know, the person next door. Obviously, muslims are not Christians...ergo, they are not a threat ~~ according to homeland security.

docjim505 said...

Weer'd Beard hit the nail on the head.

Now, if there was a Council on American Amputee Relations (CAAR) that filed lawsuits and issued hysterical press releases every time somebody looked at an amputee funny (or a group of really nasty amputees who cut people's heads off on TV), then you might not have to deal with this.

Sadly, however, amputees - like the vast majority of the flying public - are decent, law-abiding citizens who don't complain too much.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

Weer'd and Joanna both got it right.

It's the same reason animal rights activists throw red paint on society ladies in fur coats, but not biker gangs in leather jackets. They're cowards.