Extreme vetting part 2

Extreme vetting: driving a Corvette in extreme weather conditions.

Donald Trump should read this book. Enemy Aliens, Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism by David Cole published in 2003.

“Second, the use of ethnic stereotypes, far from being necessary for effective law enforcement, is likely to be ineffective. When one treats a whole group of people as presumptively suspicious, it means that agents are more likely to miss dangerous persons who do not fit the profile, such as Richard Reid, the British citizen who boarded a plane in Paris headed for Miami with a bomb in his shoe. For that reason, the federal government distributed a memo shortly after September 11, written by five intelligence specialists with the federal government’s leading law enforcement agencies, warning against ethnic profiling, and urging law enforcement officers to focus on behavior rather than ethnic identity, not out of equality concerns, but for reasons of security. The fact that nearly all of those targeted on the basis of their Arab or Muslim appearance will prove to be innocent not only means that profiling will squander valuable resources, but it is also likely to cause agents to let their guards down, as the false positives lull them into inattention. And as will be explored in more detail in Chapter 13, the Arab and Muslim  communities are  much more likely to be able to help us identify the Al Qaeda needles in the haystack than are broad-brush programs treating these communities as a whole (or at least their young men) as suspect. Yet because profiling alienates the communities it targets, it makes cooperation from those communities far less likely.”

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