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On security profiling, some Muslims ask, ‘why not?’

With the country up in arms over new TSA screening measures at airports, some American Muslims are making the case for limited security profiling.

“As an American Muslim, I’ve come to recognize, sadly, that there is one common denominator defining those who’ve got their eyes trained on U.S. targets: MANY of them are Muslim,” Asra Q. Nomani wrote this week in The Daily Beast, explaining why she would be comfortable with profiling as a security measure.

Though seemingly counter-intuitive, other Muslim leaders contend that many in their community hold the same view.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, told The Daily Caller that most American Muslims would be amenable to some form of limited profiling.

“I think ultimately we as a community need to understand, it is one thing to be profiled and questioned — I’d be proud of that,” Jasser said. “Hopefully that doesn’t become a slippery slope where we have our rights infringed for no reason and I think those are two different things. Good police work and good investigation is very different from changing our innocent until proven guilty system.”

Jasser did not hesitate to add that profiling alone will not thwart the smart terrorists who are able to obscure their identity and intentions.

“Remember we are dealing with an ideology, not anything that you can profile so if they are smart they will manifest alternative ideologies and conceal those things,” he said.

Stephen Schwartz, the executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, said that while he does not really understand what the big deal is about the new TSA X-ray machines, he believes that most moderate Muslims would understand and allow for limited profiling.

“I should think that most moderate Muslims understand the situation and would not object to a reasonable form of security check which would be called profiling,” Schwartz said. “The majority of American Muslims right now see that it is a bad situation, its not getting any better — in terms of the abatement of domestic terrorism, stuff like this Portland affair, and most moderate Muslims want to go along with the law.”

Despite Schwartz’s contention that most Muslims would comply with whatever the law dictates, he stressed that profiling is not fool-proof, noting that radical Islam is an ideology, not an ethnicity or race.

“There is a threat because… a lot of these young, especially white people, white kids, who are drawn to Islam right now, or radical Islam because they see it as the ultimate way of rebelling against American society,” Schwartz said, noting that Zachary Chesser, the 20-year old Virginia man who threatened to kill the South Park creators over their supposed defamation of Muhammad, would have flown under the proverbial profiling radar.

  • Tony Ryals

    Daniel Pearl’s supposed friend,Asra Nomani, who thinks she’s Miss
    Islam USA IS COVERING UP(NOT INVESTIGATING!), the death of her
    ‘friend’ Daniel Pearl and as far as I can tell so is Daniel Pearl’s
    daddy.Neither Asra Nomani nor Judea Pearl really want Pearl’s 8 year
    old son to know the truth because that would expose Israelis of ICTS
    International that ‘guarded’ Logan Airport Boston and Newark Airport
    on 9/11 and who shortly later allowed Richard Reid the shoebomber to
    board American Airlines from DeGualle Airport Paris France with his
    ‘shoe bomb’ and of course more recently the Nigerian ‘crotch bomber’
    to board flight 253 at the Dutch anti-Islamic politician Geert
    Wilder’s Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on Christmas 2009.

    Tony Ryals 1 min ago .(Your comment is awaiting moderation)

    http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/3259/profiling-muslim-men-is-unjust-unworkable/

    Daniel Pearl’s supposed friend,Asra Nomani, who thinks she’s Miss
    Islam USA IS COVERING UP(NOT INVESTIGATING!), the death of her
    ‘friend’ Daniel Pearl and as far as I can tell so is Daniel Pearl’s
    daddy.Neither Asra Nomani nor Judea Pearl really want Pearl’s 8 year
    old son to know the truth because that would expose Israelis of ICTS
    International that ‘guarded’ Logan Airport Boston and Newark Airport
    on 9/11 and who shortly later allowed Richard Reid the shoebomber to
    board American Airlines from DeGualle Airport Paris France with his
    ‘shoe bomb’ and of course more recently the Nigerian ‘crotch bomber’
    to board flight 253 at the Dutch anti-Islamic politician Geert
    Wilder’s Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on Christmas 2009.
    Judea Pearl and Islamic Tantric Yogi,(Asra Nomani), are part of the
    cover up of Pearl’s death and Judea Pearl dirties his son’s name as
    well by not coming clean about Richard Reid’s trip to Israel pre 9/11
    that was aided by both Israel and ICTS International that allowed him
    to fly from Amsterdam to Israel supposedly to visit his friends at
    Hamas !
    If Jude Pearl were sincere in wanting to expose all involved in the
    death of his son regardless of where it leads or Asra Nomani were
    sincere in her desire to fight for women’s rights in Islamic countries
    both would have my sympathy.But it appears Nomani is only concerned
    about herself and the right wing nuts,murderers and money launderers
    and terrorists she protects such as U.S. government CIA connected Fox
    News Middle East ‘expert’ Mansoor Ijaz whose contacts in Pakistan led
    to Daniel Pearl’s death in the first place.And obviously Judea Pearl
    wants to ignore the fact Richard Reid the ‘shoe bomber’ was allowed to
    enter Israel on El Al pre 9/11 and ICTS International’s Israeli spooks
    later allowed him to board at De Gualle Airport,Paris,France to fly
    American Airlines to the U.S. with his ‘shoe bomb’.

    Tony Ryals

    Below Asra Nomani’s reply to my queries on the thedailybesast re
    Daniel Pearl,Richard Reid and ICTS International proves Asra Nomani is
    purposefully silent re the Israeli ICTS International’s involvement
    with and roe in allowing Richard Reid ‘the shoe bomber’ to board at De
    Gualle for the U.S.shortly after 9/11/01 even though she knows
    Daniel Pearl’s main explained reason for traveling to Pakistan in the
    first place was to
    investigate Richard Reid’s past trips there.:

    AsraNomani

    Dear TonyRyals,

    Honestly, I don’t really get where you’re coming from. But, sadly, I
    never visited Israel with Danny. I went after Danny’s murder with my
    family, after we had completed the hajj in Saudi Arabia. I had a gun
    pointed to my head as I walked through the checkpoint to get into the
    Dome of the Rock, where I wish all people could pray.

    It’s easy to level conspiracy theories upon others. But I would gently
    suggest that the truth is far often much more boring. Right now, my
    highest priority is figuring out how to get my son weighed in for the
    “ankle biter” divison of tackle football and still get to Kings
    Dominion with a friend on Sunday. Boring.

    I’m not part of some grand conspiracy. I agree Mansur Ijaz is an
    interesting character. One day, I will pick up the phone to do a
    reported profile on him.

    Until then, thanks for writing, Asra

    1:40 am, Sep 9, 2010

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sandra-Lee-Smith/100001462600848 Sandra Lee Smith

    The sort of profiling needed, which works in Tel Aviv, isn’t based on anything more or less than INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOR. It has nothing to do with age, race, gender or religion, but how an individual is ACTING, and is very telling to trained professionals in this sort of profiling. It’s largely non-intrusive, singling out only those whose behavior is “off” for further checking by questioning and voice stress analysis, and that sort of thing; FAR less invasive and fits into Constitutional requirement for “probable cause” which the current methods DO NOT! It’s the violation of our 4th Amendment rights, which once given away in that arena are LOST for good in all areas as well, and with DHS and TSA now looking at ALL forms of transit, and all sorts of public events for this invasive screening as well, this is something that MUST be stopped, or people will be imprisoned and tried without any rights whatsoever! Further, as it’s set up now, this is NOT an effective means of stopping anyone from terrorist activities!

  • zig zag

    JJ is right on! We don’t hear any remorse from the muslim majority.
    We can argue the ‘moderate’/ ‘extremist’ difference all night and day, but in the end, they are all the enemy. It’s written down for them and they are dedicated. We could defeat them, but no war has been won to date with kindness. After 9/11 you would think we might get the message they are sending, but we just don’t have the heart to either recognize, or kill the enemy. Guess what, we lose. We have been told over and over that this battle is not about religion, and for us, I agree. But it damn sure is about religion for them. Theoretically, if there are more moderates than extremists, the moderates should rule the day, and condem, silence the extremists. Oddly, not the case. Hum……makes me think the difference between a moderate and extremist muslim is nothing more than ……..a sucking chest wound.

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  • oeno

    Isn’t this so last week? Is it any wonder that people moaned about these measures right before the Thanksgiving holiday? It made a nice media story, but it’s done. Americans will put up with going through the scanners and that’s the end of the story. Time to move on to the next “outrage”.

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  • jjsmithers

    The usual responses, of course…..It won’t work because terrorists will adapt to the profiling….as long as everybody else is profiled, maybe we “moderates” might not launch 6,000 lawsuits…Timothy McVeigh was not a Muslim….blah, blah, blah…

    This is what we get from “moderate” Muslims. How about this as a response from the Muslim community….
    “Our religion is being used by extremists as an excuse to murder innocents. We will do all we can to help all Americans defend against this scourge. We are asking our fellow Muslims to volunteer for extra screening at the airports in order to save lives. Muslims will step forward to save lives. Muslims will step forward for our country. After all, we are Americans, too.”

    Instead, we get more crying about being victims of discrimination. CAIR issues a release telling Muslim women to not permit TSA to pat them down, but to “pat themselves down.” And, of course, the usual blather about why profiling won’t work. (Fences at the border won’t work…drilling for oil in Anwar won’t work to reduce gas prices…nothing we don’t like will work…)

    Just once, I would like to see some race-baiting or religion-baiting group stand up and do what is in the best interests of their country and their fellow citizens, but I know that will never happen.