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Epitome22
05-11-2004, 03:21 PM
Arab Hijackers Now Eligible For Pre-Boarding
April 28, 2004

In June 2001, as Mohamed Atta completed his final "to do" list before the 9-11 attacks ("... amend will to ban women from my funeral ... leave extra little Friskies out for Mr. Buttons ... set TiVo for Streisand on 'Inside the Actors' Studio' ..."), Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta was conducting a major study on whether airport security was improperly screening passengers based on ethnicity. As Mineta explained: "We must protect the civil rights of airline passengers." Protecting airline passengers from sudden death has never made it onto Mineta's radar screen.

A few months later, after 19 Muslim men hijacked U.S. airplanes and turned them into weapons of mass destruction on American soil, Mineta was a whirlwind of activity. On Sept. 21, as the remains of thousands of Americans lay smoldering at Ground Zero, Mineta fired off a letter to all U.S. airlines forbidding them from implementing the one security measure that would have prevented 9-11: subjecting Middle Eastern passengers to an added degree of pre-flight scrutiny. He sternly reminded the airlines that it was illegal to discriminate against passengers based on their race, color, national or ethnic origin, or religion.

Mineta would have sent the letter even sooner, but he wanted to give the airlines enough time to count the number of their employees and customers who had just been murdered by Arab passengers.

On Sept. 27, 2001, The ACLU sent out a press release titled, "ACLU Applauds Sensible Scope of Bush Airport Security Plan," which narrowly won out over the headline: "Fox Approves Henhouse Security Plan." As a rule of thumb, any security plan approved by the ACLU puts American lives at risk. ACLU Associate Director Barry Steinhardt praised Bush's Transportation Department for showing "an admirable degree of restraint by not suggesting airport security procedures that would deny civil liberties as a condition of air travel." The ACLU had zeroed in on the true meaning of 9-11: Americans needed to be more tolerant of and sensitive toward ethnic minorities.

Flush with praise from the ACLU, Mineta set to work suing airlines for removing passengers perceived to be of Arab, Middle Eastern or Southeast Asian descent, and/or Muslim. If we're going to start shifting money around based on who's rude to whom, my guess is Muslims are going to end up in the red. But that's not how Mineta's Department of Transportation sees it.

Despite Mineta's clearly worded letter immediately after the 9-11 terrorist attacks and another follow-up letter in October, the Department of Transportation found that in the weeks after the 9-11 terrorist attacks carried out by Middle Eastern men, the airlines were targeting passengers who appeared to be Middle Eastern. To his horror, Mineta discovered that the airlines were using logic and deductive reasoning to safeguard their passengers in direct violation of his just-issued guidelines on racial profiling!

The Department of Transportation filed a complaint against United Airlines, claiming United removed passengers from flights in "a few instances" based on their race, color, national origin, religion or ancestry. Mineta gave United no credit for so scrupulously ignoring ethnicity on Sept. 11 that it lost four pilots, 12 flight attendants, and 84 passengers (not including the nine Arab hijackers). In November 2003, United settled the case for $1.5 million.

In another crucial anti-terrorism investigation undertaken by Norman Mineta, the Department of Transportation claimed that between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2001, American Airlines which lost four pilots, 13 flight attendants and 129 passengers (not including 10 Arab hijackers) on Sept. 11 by ignoring the ethnicity of its passengers removed 10 individuals who appeared to be Middle Eastern from American Airline flights as alleged security risks. On March 1, 2004, American Airlines settled the case for $1.5 million.

The Department of Transportation also charged Continental Airlines with discriminating against passengers who appeared to be Arab, Middle Eastern or Muslim after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In April 2004, Continental Airlines settled the complaint for $500,000.

Like many of you, I carefully reviewed the lawsuits against the airlines in order to determine which airlines had engaged in the most egregious discrimination, so I could fly only that airline. But oddly, rather than bragging about the charges, the airlines heatedly denied discriminating against Middle Eastern passengers. What a wasted marketing opportunity! Imagine the great slogans the airlines could use:

"Now Frisking All Arabs Twice!"

"More Civil-Rights Lawsuits Brought by Arabs Than Any Other Airline!"

"The Friendly Skies Unless You're an Arab"

"You Are Now Free to Move About the Cabin Not So Fast, Mohammed!"

Worst of all, the Department of Transportation ordered the settlement money to be spent on civil-rights programs to train airline staff to stop looking for terrorists, a practice known as digging your own grave and paying for the shovel. Airlines that have been the most vigilant against terrorism are forced by the government into re-education seminars to learn to suppress common sense. Airlines are being forced, at their own expense, to make commercial air travel more dangerous.

If John Kerry would promise to fire Norman Mineta and start racial profiling at the airports, I would campaign for him. Unfortunately, like George Bush, Kerry doesn't travel commercial air with the little people.

LRB
05-11-2004, 03:33 PM
While I'm certainly not for racial profiling, I do think that common sense should be used. I don't the that race or ethnicity should be the sole determing factor, but al Queda doesn't have very many blonde haired and blue eyed members either.

dude1394
05-11-2004, 09:49 PM
I really loved that line "If John Kerry would promise to fire Norman Mineta and start racial profiling at the airports, I would campaign for him. Unfortunately, like George Bush, Kerry doesn't travel commercial air with the little people."

Hell she'd do it too, she's been on Mineta for 3 years now.

Racial profiling for muslims is fine these days. Not to do it is stupid, something only a child would argue against.

Mavdog
05-11-2004, 10:18 PM
When a person is presumed to be guilty of something, when the only criteria used is that person being a muslim, we have abandoned a basic tenet of our country's dedication to liberty and due process.

dude1394
05-11-2004, 10:21 PM
However when only young arabic muslims are the ones beheading our citizens, flying airplanes into buildings killing thousands and openly declaring war on you, you'd better damn well look at THOSE folks closer than you would a 80 year old granny. If you don't, you are stupid.

You profile all of the time mavdog, just like anyone else does. Just like animals do. You see a lion you get nervous. You see a bum coming up on you at night, you get nervous. It's only common sense. You are letting your idealism blind you to your own behaviour.

Mavdog
05-12-2004, 08:05 AM
That is exactly the mindset that allows for african-americans to face the "driving while black" tactics of police. Not acceptable.

Following your and the always extreme Ann Coulter's flawed logic, police should be arresting any white guy who drives a pickup with a confederate flag on it as possible hate crime instigators/white supremecist. or mexican americans as drug smugglers. Presumption of guilt without cause is not legal nor wise.

madape
05-12-2004, 08:47 AM
Noone is presuming anyone's guilty. Some are just more suspicious than others.

The government is using my tax dollars to protect me. I want them to do it in the most efficient way possible.

Usually Lurkin
05-12-2004, 09:08 AM
brilliant, Ann.

The backyards of white males should be periodically dug up an examined for half eaten human remains, because there are more white male serial killers and cannibals in our society than any other group. Unfortunately for the victims of Jeff Dahmer, such a rule wasn't in place.

Single parent males should be subject to random searches and examination for sexual abuse of their children.
Male teachers should also be subject to the same.

Of course, african americans should always be stopped and examined for violent intent before entering any public area.

No race or gender other than white males should really be searched for weapons before coming into contact with the president. Precedence determines such to be unnecessary.

White male high school students should be subject to extra searches as well. Black females are so rarely the perpetrators of mass violence in school, they should be given a separate entrance so they don't have to wait in line at the metal detector.


On the other hand -
How stupid would these airlines look if some white chick gets through with a bomb while they are busy with their thumb up the butt of the usual suspects?

LRB
05-12-2004, 11:39 AM
If the airlines are having security people arrest or kick off of flights people who look muslim and middle eastern for no other reason than they look muslim and middle eastern, then I'd say thats wrong and should not be condoned. But if security people pay closer attention to people who look muslim and middle eastern and then decide to investigate further if they notice anything suspicious, I don't see anything wrong with that.

Let's not be stupid. While it is possible that someone other than a male middle eastern muslim might wish to do damage, we do know that we are at war with a group composed almost entirely of male middle eastern muslims, well over 99% meet this description. This group wishes nothing to to cause the most horrible deaths among innocent civlians as they possibly can. They just cut a man's head off and had it broad cast.

Certainly not every, most, of even a large minority of middle eastern male muslims will be terrorists. However, it is highly likely that most terrorists will be middle eastern male muslims. Why should we ignore this fact? We shouldn't IMO. However, knowing that most middle eastern male muslims aren't terrorists, being a member of this group by itself should not warrant anything other than a little extra scrutiny to look for suspcious behaviors or items. This scrutiny should not be more than what the public at large is subjected to at random anyways until something suspicious other than race or ethnicity is found.

We are at war with an enemy who generally refuses to wear uniforms to be easily identified and ignores all rules of civilization and of war. However we do know of some common traits that our enemy shares. It would be the height of stupidity to totally ignore this information and do nothing with it.