A Shameful HypocrisyLet me explain this in terms you will be able to relate to, Colbert.
By Colbert I. King
I am mystified by the conservative commentators who voice their support for racial profiling as a way to catch terrorist suspects. These pundits support the authorities screening or otherwise keeping a close eye on mainly young Muslim men of North African, Middle Eastern or South Asian descent, because an overwhelming number of terrorists hail from those regions. (link)
When, in the 1950's, the FBI decided to finally come down hard on the Klan, it began its investigation by compiling a list of Klan members. This wasn't an easy task because, as you may have heard, Colbert, KKK members generally liked to hide their identities behind hoods (I hear the one West Virginia Democratic Senator Robert Byrd wore was particularly attractive with cloth horns on top and gold lace filigree bordering the eye holes).
Well, in order to compile the list of byrdbrains who wore those silly hoods and terrorized African-Americans, Jews, Catholics, and Republicans, the FBI had to infiltrate those gatherings of Americans who were behind the terror. Now, Colbert, where do you suppose the FBI started its investigation? In the negro sections of Corinth, Mississippi? In NAACP meetings? Down at the local synagogue?
No, Colbert. The FBI set up a profile. They acted on the assumption - and their assumption proved to be fairly accurate - that the Ku Klux Klan was made up of southern white males between the ages of sixteen and ninety-five. Ethnic profiling. In the 1950's. As I live and breathe.
It's funny, I don't remember you ever complaining about that profiling.
It was an effective tool back then; it's an effective tool today - if byrdbrains like you would give the FBI the chance to do their work.
You see, Colbert, just as the Klan was made up entirely of southern white males back then, the people slaughtering innocent women and children today are all Muslims. Not necessarily all Arabs. Not all male. But they're all radical Muslims.
My guess is, you wouldn't complain if the FBI set up a terrorist profile in 2005 consisting solely of southern white males between the ages of sixteen and ninety-five, but I'd also guess that that profile wouldn't quite work.
It makes good sense for the feds to use ethnic profiling. Colbert. But then I think I just hit on your problem.