Shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, Hillary Clinton refused to rule out any kind of profiling — including racial profiling — as a measure to stop terrorism.
The Weekly Standard notes that in an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” host Sam Donaldson asked then-Sen. Clinton, “What happens in the future from the standpoint of the question of security versus relaxation or giving up some of the freedoms that we’ve enjoyed in this country? How far do we go, for instance, on airline security?”
“Well, I think everyone recognizes we have to tighten security. We have to do whatever it takes to keep our people safe,” Clinton said.
Donaldson then asked, “Including profiling, Senator?”
Clinton replied: “Well I think we have to do whatever it takes, Sam. And I believe that, you know, Tuesday changed everything. Tuesday was a day that America has never, ever had to experience. And I hope to heaven that we never have to again. But we are in a war situation, and we’re going to have to do things people do in times of war.”
“I just heard your interview with the mayor, and I think he’s right to look at examples in history like the Battle of Britain. Many of us have been studying what others did to carry on. And we know that we have to make tradeoffs in convenience, in our freedom of movement, without undercutting or losing our way of life and our values, which I really want to make America special and great,” Clinton suggested. “And we can’t ever let anyone undermine that.”