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Report: Profiling up since 9/11

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Source:Yahoo News

Profiling by police is so pervasive that 32 million people in the USA say they have been harassed because of their race, religion, or ethnicity, a human rights group said Monday.

The report by Amnesty International USA also said that use of race- and religion-based investigative tactics by local, state and federal law enforcement has increased since 9/11, with focuses on Arabs and Muslims.

"Prior to 9/11, racial profiling was frequently referred to as 'driving while black,' " the report said. "Now, the practice can be more accurately characterized as driving, flying, walking, worshipping, shopping or staying at home while Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, Muslim or of Middle Eastern appearance."

The group estimated that 87 million people in the USA are at "high risk" of being subjects of racial or religious profiling. The estimates were derived from "cross-referencing current population estimates" and public opinion polls in 2001 and 2002.

Amnesty recommended that Congress and state governments pass laws that ban racial profiling.

The report said victims include:

• An 8-year-old Muslim Boy Scout who was separated from his family at an airport and searched. Security officials dismantled his soapbox derby car.

• A Muslim student of Asian descent who was asked by police in Texas if he was carrying any dead bodies or bombs in his car.

• An African-American teacher who is pulled over regularly in San Carlos, Calif., where there are only five other black families.

• Native Americans in Oklahoma who must navigate checkpoints where religious ceremonies are held so police can issue tickets to drivers without car insurance.

"When law enforcement focuses on what people look like, what religion they follow, or what head garb they wear, officials may overlook suspect behavior," said Curt Goering, Amnesty's senior deputy executive director.

President Bush (news - web sites) said in 2001 that racial profiling was "wrong," and the Justice Department (news - web sites) has guidelines on the use of race and religion in investigations.
What this report does NOT say is the circumstances of these.

Does the black lady driver like to speed? Was the 8 year old search result of a random lottery? Are all cars stopped on that route for car insurance? Did the muslim man fit the description of someone they have a warrant for?

A fine example of not enough info.
 

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Criminal vs. Racial

I am sure they also failed to point out that there is a big difference between racial profiling and criminal profiling. To assume they are the same thing (libs love to do that) cripples the foundation of the logic and thus invalidates their whole argument.

If we eliminate criminal profiling we might as well do away with DNA testing and crime investigation... I am sure there is a lib some where who thinks using finger printing is so unfair. I mean you are born that way and can't help what finger prints you are born with.

I bet if we researched it we could find ten times more incidents of this kind against people with red hair or with glasses or comments about people's being overweight.
 
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