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1 CuriousLurker  Mon, Apr 22, 2013 4:12:41pm

I’m fairly certain they’re already being profiled, just not officially.

2 Origuy  Mon, Apr 22, 2013 4:21:25pm

Joe Walsh thinks that profiling is something painful. He’s not sure what, but it’s worse than paying child support.

3 Skip Intro  Mon, Apr 22, 2013 4:48:30pm

I’d like to profile Teabagger Republicans who think arming the entire country is the solution to everything.

4 cinesimon  Mon, Apr 22, 2013 4:56:29pm

Isn’t it sad that regardless of whether he believes this nonsense, he actually sees this type of overt hate as a pathway to riches and maybe even political power.
Wingnut welfare at it’s most sad.

It’s a positive for we liberals though - and the Democratic Party. And therefore, a positive thing for Americans.
The more Americans see republicans being honest about their beliefs(the majority of republican politicians no doubt agree with Joe Walsh on just about every political thing he has ever said, but are too cowardly to come out and say it) the more they will be punished at the polls.

If only voters could also see that one of America’s greatest, slowest (relatively) moving tragedies, is right wing economic theory.

5 rosiee  Mon, Apr 22, 2013 5:08:22pm

Profiling in the sense of Israeli airport security, i.e. smart profiling makes sense. the passenger-oriented security system more focused on the ‘human factor’, based on the assumption that terrorist attacks are carried out by people who can be found and have been stopped through the use of this simple but effective security methodology.
Though, I should say that what this man is calling for is anti-immigration based, and not really anything about security.

6 BLUE POINT SAVORY  Mon, Apr 22, 2013 6:09:35pm

What a schmuck.

7 Aligarr  Mon, Apr 22, 2013 6:30:04pm

Profiling is usefull .Any who has ever flown EL-AL will tell you . They have an extensive system and science to it . If they dont like you , you simply dont fly . There is extensivec questioning and requestioning . BEFORE 9/11 you were asked to be at the airport and at their counter atleast 2 hrs. begore the flight . El-Al personell are both the security and flight attendents for that flight . They profile by Physical appearence , and through psychological aspects they percieve during questioning . I am olive skin/dark hair and having facial hair , I was stopped as soon as I walked in the door to the terminal . El-Al’s record speaks for itself as to the effectiveness of non-PC profiling . And as for the passengers - NO ONE COMPLAINS.
In my opinion Walsh is a phony teebag pos , but profiling today , is a necessarry reality , a fact of life .

8 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Apr 22, 2013 7:45:45pm

What does it take to be rid of this man? A stake through the heart?

/I’m kidding, I don’t want Walsh hurt. But I’d like it if he was off the air and thus less able to loft these public stink bombs.

9 Kruk  Mon, Apr 22, 2013 10:39:05pm

How exactly does one profile Muslims? As Conservatives are fond of telling us, Muslims are a religion, not a race. Or do we pay special attention to people who ‘look’ Muslim? I’m actually cool with it, as long as people who look like the people responsible for Boston attacks…

10 cinesimon  Tue, Apr 23, 2013 1:53:47am

re: #9 Kruk

I’d say they’ll be keen on most;y banning those from Muslim countries(except the Bin Ladens, of course!), target mosques in the U.S. aggressively, and set up a data base: anyone suspected of being a Muslim will have a file started.
This kind of thing has always given the right wing a stiffy. They’ve been doing it since the 1950s.

11 HappyWarrior  Tue, Apr 23, 2013 6:01:08am

I guess we should have profiled white guys after OKC right, Joe? Seriously, funny how these calls only happen if the perp is of a minority group.

12 CuriousLurker  Tue, Apr 23, 2013 7:40:05am

I’ve read about the Israeli methods used by El Al, but I don’t see it as viable in the U.S.

How many airports does Israel have? How many does the U.S. have? Israel is a nation of approximately 8 million people, the U.S. 315 million—how many people people would need to be processed every day in the U.S. vs the numbers being processed in Israel?

And that only covers airports. What about all the other public places & events? How many people would have to receive specialized training, and how much would it cost to train them all?

Have you been to Manhattan during the morning or evening rush hour, or during lunch time? It’s like someone kicked an ant bed with all the people swarming about—it would take an army just to watch Manhattan alone, and someone could still slip through the cracks.

Logistically, I don’t see how the Israeli model could possibly work here.

13 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Apr 23, 2013 7:44:00am

re: #12 CuriousLurker

I’ve read about the Israeli methods used by El Al, but I don’t see it as viable in the U.S.

First of all, how many airports does Israel have? How many does the U.S. have? Israel is a nation of approximately 8 million people, the U.S. 315 million—how many people people would need to be processed every day in the U.S. vs the numbers being processed in Israel?

And that only covers airports. What about all the other public places & events? How many people would have to receive specialized training, and how much would it cost to train them all?

Have you been to Manhattan during the morning or evening rush hour, or during lunch time? It’s like someone kicked an ant bed with all the people swarming about—it would take an army just to watch Manhattan alone, and someone could still slip through the cracks.

Logistically, I don’t see how the Israeli model could possibly work here.

Israel not only profiles at its own airports (really only one major airport in the country, others are military or small private landing strips) but at all airports that have flights into and out of Israel.

Other carriers, in addition to El Al, flying into and out of Israel must also adhere to these protocols.

It is an exhaustive process which is simply not feasible in the U.S. there is no way to accommodate the huge volume of travellers, compared to the numbers that visit Israel.

14 CuriousLurker  Tue, Apr 23, 2013 8:43:10am

re: #13 Vicious Babushka

I’d totally forgotten that the procedures also apply to other countries’ airports with Israel-bound flights. The U.S. probably has hundreds of international flights coming in to various airports every day.

15 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Apr 23, 2013 8:45:57am

World’s Top 50 Busiest Airports by Passenger Traffic.

Israel’s Ben-Gurion is not even on the list.


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