Would this offend you, if the government made this policy

by free2beme 48 Replies latest jw friends

  • free2beme

    If the government had this policy ...

    Given that 100% of the terrorist who did 9/11 were Arab, and most terrorist are Arab. We as a government will racially profile the Arab population and visitors to our country. Spending more time inspecting them, checking them out, and making sure that they are singled out and watched more then any other race.

    Would this offend you?

  • free2beme

    This thread is not meant to offend. It is meant to show that some people in society, do seem to be leaning towards this type of thinking.

  • monkeyshine

    Yes, because no matter what, even if you think it'll help, it doesn't matter. Going down that road fails every time. There is a reason that free countries succeed. A country is built on people, people of all kinds and with that there will be heartache at times. There will be those who give their race a bad name. But you have to think, "What if I were Arab? I'm not a terrorist."

    It's only being fair to another human being if you give him/her the benefit of the doubt. They cannot be judged for something they have no control of. They just happened to be born in to a people that recently have a bad image. One of their own has brought retribution to their name. They are proud people and the fact that they have that stain, alone, is punishment enough.

  • serendipity

    This thought has crossed my mind. However, if you start with Arabs, where do you stop? This policy would open the door to abuses and more loss of freedom.

  • blondie

    Are most terrorists Arab? Aren't some of them converts from other ethnic races and nationalities? What about people like McVey, Nichols, Rudolph, Theodore Kaczynski?


    But some of the alleged domestic terrorists who have been arrested had ambitious plans. The people and groups range from white supremacists, anti-government types and militia members to eco-terrorists and people who hate corporations. They include violent anti-abortionists and black and brown nationalists who envision a separate state for blacks and Latinos. And they have been busy.

    "Not a lot of attention is being paid to this, because everybody is concerned about the guy in a turban. But there are still plenty of angry, Midwestern white guys out there," says U.S. Marshals Service chief inspector Geoff Shank.

    Shank, who is based in the Chicago area, says the concerns about domestic terrorism range from anti-abortion extremists who threaten to attack clinics and doctors to some violent biker gangs that may be involved in organized crime. And the FBI said in June that eco-terrorism ? acts of violence, sabotage or property damage motivated by concern for animals or the environment ? was the nation's top domestic terrorism threat. The bureau said then that eco-terrorists had committed more than 1,100 criminal acts and caused property damage estimated at least $110 million since 1976.

    Alleged terrorist plots by U.S. citizens are not new, but many of the recent conspiracies were overshadowed by 9/11 and the hunt for terrorists abroad. Most of the foiled plots didn't get very far. And few got much publicity. But there were some potentially close calls, such as the scheme by William Krar, an east Texas man who stockpiled enough sodium cyanide to gas everyone in a building the size of a high school basketball gymnasium before he was arrested in 2002.

    Shank, whose unit mainly searches for fugitives, including some wanted on domestic terror-related charges, led the manhunt for Clayton Lee Waagner, 48, of Kennerdell, Pa. Waagner was convicted in December of mailing hundreds of threat letters containing bogus anthrax to abortion clinics in 24 states. During his trial in Philadelphia, prosecutors documented Waagner's ties to the Army of God, an extremist group that believes violence against abortion providers is an acceptable way to end abortion.

    'A very serious threat'

    "There's been a very, very heavy focus nationally on foreign terrorism since 9/11," says Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., which has tracked hate groups since 1971. "The reality is that, meanwhile, domestic terrorism has hummed along at quite a steady clip. It ... still poses a very serious threat."

    Among the incidents since 9/11:

    ? Last month in Tennessee, the FBI arrested a man who agents say hated the federal government and was attempting to acquire chemical weapons and explosives to blow up a government building. Demetrius "Van" Crocker, 39, of McKenzie, Tenn., pleaded not guilty Nov. 5. His attorney, public defender Stephen Shankman, did not return calls.

    ? In May, Krar, 63, of Noonday, Texas, was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after he stockpiled enough sodium cyanide to kill everyone inside a 30,000-square-foot building. Krar, described by federal prosecutors as a white supremacist, also had nine machine guns, 67 sticks of explosives and more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition. Investigators and the federal prosecutor said they didn't know what Krar intended to do with the potentially deadly chemicals. Krar's common-law wife, Judith Bruey, 55, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess illegal weapons and was sentenced to nearly five years.

    ? Last month in Utah, two men described by the U.S. attorney there as "domestic terrorists" pleaded guilty to setting separate arson fires related to eco-terrorism. Justus Ireland, 23, admitted starting a fire that caused $1.5 million damage at a West Jordan lumber company and spray-painting "ELF" at the site. The Earth Liberation Front has been connected to dozens of acts of vandalism and arson around the country since 1996. Joshua Demmitt, 18, of Provo, pleaded guilty to starting a fire at Brigham Young University's Ellsworth Farm, where animal experiments are conducted, in the name of the Animal Liberation Front. A third man, Harrison Burrows, 18, also of Provo, pleaded guilty earlier.

    ? In May, the FBI's domestic terrorism unit charged seven members of an animal rights group with terrorism after investigating what they said was a marked increase in crimes to stop the use of animals for product-testing. The activists, arrested in New York, New Jersey, California and Washington state, are members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. The group seeks to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences, a New Jersey product-testing company.

    Prosecutors allege that the activists set fire to Huntingdon employees' cars, vandalized shareholders' homes and threatened their families. They are charged with conspiring to commit terrorism against an enterprise that uses animals for research and could face up to three years in prison if convicted.

    ? In May, a Brookfield, Wis., man labeled a domestic terrorist by federal prosecutors received an eight-year prison sentence for interfering with Madison police radio frequencies. Rajib Mitra, 26, had blocked police radio signals and later broadcast sex sounds over police radios. His attorney argued that the transmissions were an accident.

    Mitra was one of the first defendants sentenced under guidelines changed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The changes, effective Nov. 5, 2003, impose stiffer penalties for domestic terrorism. Under the previous sentencing guidelines, Mitra probably would have been sentenced to 18 to 24 months.

    Mitra's attorney, Chris Van Wagner, says his client was not a terrorist and should have received a lesser punishment. "It's clear that (the guidelines) were put in place to punish those who seek to subvert our government and not intended to increase the punishment for people who simply engage in criminal mischief but had no terrorist angle or connection whatsoever," Van Wagner says. "He was just a dolphin caught in a tuna net."

    Mitra was charged under provisions of the Patriot Act that make it a crime to cause such public-safety problems, even if there were no monetary damages. "This is a vivid example of how the Patriot Act has been used in cases that clearly have nothing to do with terrorism and that are far removed from what Congress was concerned about when it passed the Patriot Act," says Timothy Edgar of the American Civil Liberties Union.

    'Black helicopter' crowd

    During the 1990s, anti-government groups sprang up all over the country, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League, which was founded in 1913 to combat anti-Semitism and now monitors hate groups. Many formed militias to prepare for large-scale resistance to the government, which the groups blamed for the Randy Weaver siege at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992 and the Branch Davidian confrontation in Waco, Texas, in 1993.

    Many of these group members believed the federal government was secretly setting up concentration camps for dissident Americans and was planning a takeover of the United States by United Nations troops as part of a "new world order." Many also said that mysterious black helicopters were conducting surveillance in the West, according to the ADL.

    "The 'black helicopter' crowd is still out there," says Wisconsin federal prosecutor Tim O'Shea, referring to extremists who distrust and abhor the federal government.

    Potok says the Southern Poverty Law Center identified 751 hate groups last year, a 6% increase over the 708 such organizations it counted in 2002.

    Mark Pitcavage, director of fact-finding for the Anti-Defamation League, says incidents of domestic terrorism often don't get much media coverage beyond the local areas where they occur. He says he was surprised that the Krar case did not get wider attention. "This was the only case in U.S. history where we had a person in the U.S. building an actual chemical weapon," he says.

    He cites two other cases. In 1997, militia members gathered in central Texas allegedly to plan to attack a military base on Independence Day. They were arrested the morning of July 4 near Fort Hood. Three years later, he says, three heavily armed people described by federal investigators as anti-government extremists shot down a California Highway Patrol helicopter near the California-Nevada border during a standoff with police.

    Potok, director of the center's Intelligence Project, which monitors hate groups, says, "I don't mean to minimize the work of groups with ties to al-Qaeda. Obviously, there's a huge external threat as well. But there's a tendency to want to externalize the threat and say the people who want to hurt us don't look like us, they don't worship the same god and don't have the same skin color."

    Earlier this year, the National District Attorneys Association, which has about 7,000 members, held a first-ever conference on domestic terrorism in Washington, D.C., to help local prosecutors identify potential terrorist groups.

    "It was very well received," says the association's vice president, Robert Honecker, a prosecutor in Monmouth County, N.J. "They were appreciative of getting the information and the knowledge so they would be prepared should something happen in their jurisdiction."

    Man sought nuclear materials

    Some of the alleged efforts by domestic terrorists are chilling.

    According to an FBI affidavit in the Tennessee case, Crocker had inquired last spring about where he could obtain nuclear waste or nuclear materials. An informant told the FBI that Crocker, who had "absolute hatred" for the government, wanted "to build a bomb to be detonated at a government building, particularly a courthouse, either federal or state."

    In September, according to the affidavit, Crocker told an undercover FBI agent "it would be a good thing if somebody could detonate some sort of weapon of mass destruction in Washington, D.C.," while both houses of Congress "were in session." Crocker allegedly told the agent he admired Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. He said "establishing a concentration camp for Jewish insurance executives would be a desirable endeavor."

    Crocker later bought what he thought was Sarin nerve gas and a block of C-4 explosive from the undercover agent, the affidavit says.

    Authorities arrested Crocker last month. Pitcavage of the Anti-Defamation League says such arrests thwart possible attacks and show that U.S. law enforcement is effectively fighting domestic terrorism.

    "One of the measures of this is that the number of people arrested for (plotting) terrorist acts is far greater than the number of people arrested for carrying out such attacks. So we're arresting them before they can carry out these acts, which is very important. 9/11 raised awareness generally among law enforcement."

    Contributing: Kevin Johnson in Washington

  • JWdaughter

    I have a cousin by marriage who has traveled all over Europe, the middle east, the east and Africa. He is (white and)profiled because of his passport stamps. Another (white) friend works for Boeing and travels to respond when there is an aircraft incident. He too is profiled because of his passport. My son LOOKS arab (he is 1/2 mostly white and half Indian.) He will likely be profiled because of his appearance if profiling happens.

    While I think that in the short term profiling might work, with the intermarriage in the west, the fact that there are many African and Asian, White Muslims, converts and others who might fall 'under the radar', it will eventually fail. I do think in the short time it would be effective, but these people are here for the long term. Using common sense and all the tools avail on everyone is the best bet. I can see someone scamming an innocent gramma, or forcing a wife or daughter. These people don't care. When there is ANYTHING remotely suspect that pops up on the radar though, I sure don't want anyone to be 'shy' of pursuing it in the fear of being labeled as racist or discriminatory. If someone is suspicious, do what you gotta do.

  • Lo-ru-hamah

    Sometimes, when I have flown across country and they have selected me for a search, I am slightly offended. I am blonde and blue eyed and I think, gee, you really think I am a danger to this country or any other. In actuality though, I could be. There are many races of people who hate and it is not just limited to Arabic or Middle Eastern races (though, they do seem to have a bit of a tendency to act on those emotions). Not that I am much of a history buff but in Ireland haven't they been reeking havoc on each other for years. The Nazi regime didn't mind hurting people and they were white. There are the tribes in Africa that tend to harm each other as well. Throughout history races of people have hurt other races doing what they thought was right.

    A few weeks ago, flying out of an airport I saw a completely innocent looking woman taking her plastic knitting needles on the airplane. I thought, you know those things could really hurt someone. Anymore, I just don't think that anyone could be innocent and any ordinary object can become a weapon in the wrong persons hands. I think as opposed to racial profiling the government should be fair and search everyone. Yeah, it is a headache but then everyone is searched no questions, no profiling, no offense. I think that I would feel safer if everyone was searched because I know what is on me but not what is on the people sitting next to me.

    Just my two cents and probably worth that much as well (or less).


  • itsallgoodnow

    will this offend me? nope.

    I am not sure how much faith I have in the idea that only fundamentalist islamics are terrorists. I think there's an element of religious hatred toward westerners even among many "moderate" Islamic people I know personally. Are they terrorists? probably not, but could be more involved than we know.

    I'm sorry if that offends anyone here. I'm normally a fair person but my own involvement with a cult makes me wonder how far deep all islamic people could be in a dangerous and threatening religion, even if they swear up and down they are "peaceful". by the actions of the people I know involved in this "peaceful" religion, I see an arrogance and disrespect that runs very deep in most of them.

  • free2beme

    A couple years ago I was sent on an awards trip to Cancun Mexico. One of the men traveling with me was Arab, from Afghanistan, he was held in the Mexican airport for 4 hours. For no reason, other then the fact that he was Arab. So this thinking is not something that is happening in America.

  • blondie

    The mistake to make is that all Arab people are Muslims, that all people who are dark skinned are Arab and thus Muslims, that Muslims do not look like light-skinned Caucasians, because they are do, because they are.

    If the goal is to protect the US from domestic and foreign terrorists from within or outside the US, then only looking at people who on the surface look like Arabs will be a dangerous mistake leading to harmful acts by people who slip through these mistaken concepts.


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