Newsday- King eyes ethnic profiling
Thursday August 17, 2006
King eyes ethnic profiling
BY J. JIONI PALMER
Newsday Washington Bureau
August 17, 2006
WASHINGTON - Declaring that airport screeners shouldn't be hampered by "political correctness," House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King has endorsed requiring people of "Middle Eastern and South Asian" descent to undergo additional security checks because of their ethnicity and religion.
Discussing the recent revelation of an alleged plot in England to blow up U.S.-bound airliners, the Seaford Republican said yesterday that, "if the threat is coming from a particular group, I can understand why it would make sense to single them out for further questioning."
King, who has said that all Muslims aren't terrorists but that all recent terrorists are Muslim, favors an ethnic and religious profiling scheme that would include foreign and American-born travelers. "I would give the investigators and screeners a lot of discretion as to where it ends," he said.
Despite King's endorsement of such a process, it is a technique that has been widely dismissed as a legitimate law enforcement tool.
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