Profiling Does Not Preclude Terrorism
Profiling does not protect us from terrorism. We are a country that values diversity and individual freedom. Profiling contradicts our ideals and does little to protect our people or way of life. Our population includes Arab Americans and Muslims who are the target of profiling. Black, white, Latino and Asian-Americans are not subjected to profiling as terrorists to the heightened degree accorded Arab Americans. There are systems to provide some protection without the adverse social and political consequences.
The problem of terrorism has been addressed by increasing government surveillance of our communications and travel. Passengers have been asked to remove shoes before boarding airplanes, walk through metal detectors, and submit to pat down searches or undergo full body searches. Internet companies have provided data to government security agencies, oftentimes without a warrant. Big brother is everywhere, yet attacks such as the Boston marathon bombing have occurred.
The social and political consequences of profiling have instilled fear and hatred of Arab Americans by non Arab and non Muslim Americans. The majority acquiesces to security oversight and profiling because leaders tell us these techniques will help stop terrorism, and people give in, thinking this will make them safer; however, it makes us poorer because it erodes our ethics and wastes money spent on hiring thousands of TSA workers. Politicians play upon our fears and promise even more security measures and spending so they can get reelected.
If the problem is not solved, freedom will become, in the words of Kris Kristofferson, “just another word for nothing left to lose,” and the terrorists will have won. The fact is that profiling weakens our resolve to find better answers. The American Bar Association maintains that profiling is not helpful and probably is harmful. With profiling our country will change for the worse. We will fear our neighbors and terrorism will exist as a never ending way of life.
- Levin, J., and G. Rabrenovic. “Profiling Won’t Preclude Terrorism.” Http://ic.galegroup.com. Boston Herald, 28 Nov. 2007. Web. 7 Oct. 2014.
- Wu, Frank H. “Profiling in the Wake of September 11: The Precedent of the Japanese American Internment.” Http://www.americanbar.org. American Bar Association, 4 July 2002. Web. 7 Oct. 2014.