Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Scarborough's Dishonest Argument on Profiling

Joe Scarborough supported profiling of young Muslim men in screening public transportation passengers for potential terrorists this moring on The Today Show.

Never mind that instituting such a policy narrows the focus of security folks while telegraphing to terrorist planners what not to do. The analogy he drew for the argument's sake wasn't even an honest attempt at justification.

Basically, he compared profiling by screener's to investigators focusing on white christian males after an abortion center bombing.

Wut???? Investigating a crime is the same as screening to prevent one? He said it straight-faced and seemingly sincere. Surely Joe knows the difference between facts in an actual investigation and assumptions (which make an ass out of Joe) to determine who gets screened.

I believe he knows the difference and was just making an unrelated point. One which allowed him to raise up a white Christian perpetrator conceivably to camoflauge an arab Muslim prejudice.


At 1:32 PM, Blogger Jeff Blogworthy said...

You can say he's wrong if you like, but dishonest? Give me a break. Your argument for the ineffectiveness of profiling presupposes certain actions on the part of the terrorists to nullify the effectiveness of the tactic. I doubt you are correct, but if you are - so what? Then it would be time to change tactics again. The ignorant failure to focus on the most likely suspects - young Muslim men - is going to cost lives. Americans will be sacrificed on the altar of impotent P.C. gods so liberals can feel better about themselves.

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Tom - doubts and all said...

I call the argument dishonest because I believe he knew his example was not on point. Deliberate diversion is not honest debate IMO.

You say P.C. I say civil rights. Surely you've heard the Ben Franklin quote those of us that believe in actual freedom (even with its costs)toss around these days.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety."

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Toad734 said...

What do Muslims look like? Are they Arab? Are they skinny black Africans? Are they white construction workers from Bosnia? Are they Mike Tyson?

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