Argument: Profiling alienates groups needed in terrorism fight

Issue Report: Airport security profiling


Salam Al-Marayati is executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. “Will profiling make a difference?” New York Times Room for Debate. January 4th, 2010: “Treating all Muslims as suspects also undermines our efforts to gain intelligence on terrorists. We shouldn’t be profiling the very communities we need information from to catch the bad guys. Umar Abdul-Muttallab’s father gave us such information to prevent the Dec. 25 terror plot.”

Bruce Schneier. “Profiling Makes Us Less Safe.” New York Times, Room for Debate. January 4th, 2010: “as an added bonus, [security screening] doesn’t needlessly anger the ethnic groups we need on our side if we’re going to be more secure against terrorism.”