Argument: Profile one group and terrorists will recruit from another

Issue Report: Airport security profiling


Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. “Get the Intelligence Right.” New York Times Room for Debate. January 4th, 2010: “Profiling communities in counter-terrorism efforts is ineffective. Focus on one particular ethnicity or country of origin, and the terrorists will recruit from somewhere else.”

Michael German, a former F.B.I. agent. “Wrong and Unworkable.” New York Times Room for Debate. January 4, 2010: “Racial profiling is also unworkable. Once aware of national profiling, terrorists will simply use people from “non-profiled” countries or origins, like FBI most-wanted Qaeda suspect Adam Gadahn, an American. What will we do? Keep adding more countries to the list of 14 until we’ve covered the whole globe?”