Friday, October 31, 2008

N.Y. Times: DHS Profiled Muslims in 2004

Can anyone be surprised, much less shocked, by the following report?

The N.Y. Times reports that "At the time of the 2004 operation, the immigration agency said publicly that it was tracking leads in an effort to disrupt potential terrorism plots, but emphasized that its investigations were being conducted “without regard to race, ethnicity or religion.” But the records showed that 79 percent of the suspects were from Muslim-majority countries, according to an analysis by students at the National Litigation Project at Yale Law School (Download frontline1.pdf), who obtained the records, as did the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Each group sued for the records under the Freedom of Information Act, and both say the operation showed that the government was using ethnic profiling to identify terrorism suspects."


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All Muslims should be subjected to heightened scrutiny (call if profiling or whatever) based on the fact that more than 90 percent of terrorist acts are committed by Muslims. Duh!

Posted by: Peter Chan | Oct 31, 2008 5:43:58 PM

Peter- what are your sources for your 90% claim? And do you mean terrorist acts _in the US_ or world wide? For the former the claims is obviously clearly false. If we went by the number of terrorist acts we'd start profiling white Christian males between 25 and 45. Even world-wide the claim that 90% of terrorist acts are done by muslims is, at best, highly doubtful. If you have evidence to back up your claim you should provide it. If not, you shouldn't let your prejudices show so clearly.

Posted by: Matt Lister | Nov 1, 2008 12:48:44 PM

Matt: I will not respond to your comment due to grammatical errors ("the claims is obviously clearly false).
Where I come from, a verb must agree with its subject. I recommend you brush up on your English skills first, and then attempt commentary on immigration and/or Islamic terrorism. Thank you.

Posted by: Peter Chan | Nov 2, 2008 5:33:59 PM

Don't go away mad, Peter. I'm glad you're implicitly admitting that you're claim is nonsense.

Posted by: Matt Lister | Nov 2, 2008 8:17:30 PM

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