Offender Profiling v/s TSA Pat-Downs

One of the hot-button issues currently dominating the news these days is examples of the new TSA policy of invasive pat-downs for people who do not submit themselves to the full-body scanners.

There have been many examples of TSA screeners conducting pat-downs of a wide variety of people. Here are a couple of examples:

The goal of these intrusive screenings is to ensure that our air travel is the safest in the world. Yet, is it working?

So, there doesn’t seem to be agreement on this issue.

Israel has been used as an example of excellent airport security. The difference is that they use profiling as their main security technique. So, what is meant by profiling?

Profiling – the use of specific characteristics, as race or age, to make generalizations about a person, as whether or not he or she may be engaged in illegal activity.

The type of profiling Israel uses is offender profiling. It is also known as offender profiling.

Offender profiling is a behavioral and investigative tool that is intended to help investigators to profile unknown criminal subjects or offenders.

So, why doesn’t the U.S. use racial profiling to prevent hijackings of airplanes? The only reason ever given is that it is wrong to single out people based on skin color or other unique characteristic.

This is simply a moronic statement if I have ever heard one.

Have you ever witnessed a crime and the provided a description to the police? What is one of the first things you said in your description? Race. When I was in college, I witnessed an individual rob the McDonald’s I was having dinner at. When I described him to the police, guess what I said:

He was a black man in his 30’s…

Based on the statements put forth by liberals today, I engaged in racial profiling. That is absurd! If I, as well as others, hadn’t given an accurate description; the criminal would have never been caught.

So, let’s go back to airport security. How would you describe most, if not all, of the people who have successfully hijacked, blew up, and/or used planes as a weapon to kill thousands of people?

The commonly used terms are:

  • Muslim terrorists
  • Muslim extremists
  • Islamic extremists

Is this racial profiling? Or is this a documented fact?

So, which technique is more effective at identifying and detaining potential terrorists? And which is more likely to detain and search a three-year old boy?