Before you begin reading, I encourage you to watch the video interview (” Debate Over Airport Racial Profiling “) on CNN’s website so that you will have a better understanding of what I’m about to say. However, I should warn you ahead of time that this interview is hosted by Joy Behar (of “The View”), who is in no danger of winning any journalistic awards for brilliant commentary.
Go ahead, I’ll wait…
To begin with, I have to commend Ms. Nomani (author of ” Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam “), who conducted herself admirably during the entire interview, despite being tag teamed by both Joy Behar and her “partner”, Marc Lamont Hill.
The attacks began right at the opening bell with the very first question by Behar:
“Asra, why do you want to be profiled?”
Not “why do you support profiling” or “why do you understand the need for security to profile Muslims”… it was “why do you want to be profiled?” The question was clearly framed to paint Ms. Nomani as some type of radical, self-hating oddity; a pariah of the Muslim community. After all, why would any self-respecting Muslim want to be profiled?
On a side note, pay special attention to the text descriptions of Ms. Nomani as the interviews go on, especially the part where it says “profile me, profile my family”.
Asra Nomani answered Behar’s question, which was in part:
“I’m a Muslim, I’m not interested in bombing an airport or an airliner, but the truth is that the people who targets that (sic) right now, that our threat assessment should include Muslims. That doesn’t mean we end with Muslims, that doesn’t mean we begin with Muslims… that should just be a factor of our threat assessment.”
Alright, did you catch that last part? I even outlined it in bold print just in case you missed it.
Let me re-phrase that last point for you just in case you still don’t get it…
Contrary to popular belief (as put out by the liberals), proper profiling is not strictly based on race or religion alone, but rather they are factors that are taken into consideration when a subject is being observed for odd or suspicious behavior. Appearance and religion alone won’t cut it.
Asra even went as far as to say that while she can tell some of the religious ideologies of her fellow Muslims when she walks into a mosque by observing their appearances, such as the type of pants worn, or the length of hijabs (head scarves) worn by the women or even by the length of beards worn by the men, she understands that those who are determined to destroy us will take measures to deceive us, such as shaving their beards or wearing western style clothing, a practice known as “false flag operations” by the intelligence community.
“We have to be smarter than them” she stressed.
So, what was Mr. Marc Lamont Hill’s brilliant response to Ms. Namoni’s point?
“It’s OK if you want to volunteer your own civil liberties,” he said. “Go to the airport and say ‘look, I want to be profiled. That’s perfectly OK. The problem comeswhen you begin to profile people who don’t want their civil liberties invaded.”
Wow… that’s just deep, Marc. I can just see people flocking to the TSA to volunteer to be profiled. I just wish he would explain how profiling suspicious behavior is “invading” people’s civil liberties.
He then continues to display his genius (or lack of it) by saying that just because only a tiny minority of Muslims commits these attacks, that everyday citizens shouldn’t be “terrorized” by this “gross invasion of our privacy and civil liberties”. He also stated that there are “other ways to do this”, yet he fails to mention even one alternative to profiling.
I guess he’s perfectly fine with the full body scanners and “enhanced pat downs” of senior citizens and toddlers. Obviously those practices don’t fit the bill for “gross invasion of privacy and civil liberties”.
Now, here is the part that has convinced me that Mr. Hill clearly was not paying attention in class…
“To say that we can profile internally by the length of their beard or by the length of their hijab, that sounds good, but in reality, terrorists, as evil as they are, are pretty smart, and if they know that if you’re looking for a beard that’s six inches, they just might cut it”.
Excuse me, Mr. Hill… didn’t Ms. Namoni clearly state earlier in the interview that she was aware that terrorists might alter their appearance to fool us? Didn’t that “false flag operations” comment clue you in?
Marc Lamont Hill is speaking on the presumption, once again, that profiling is based on appearance alone. That is not what Asra Namoni was saying we should do, as I indicated earlier.
Mr. Hill and Joy Behar are so stuck on what their perception of profiling is that everything Asra said, except perhaps for key words and phrases that they were listening for went right over their heads.
Joy and Marc even went so far as to make the ridiculous claim that Ms. Namoni is suggesting that we have “separate lines” for everybody at the terminals… dark skinned men, Muslim men, Arab men, etc.
Being a little over dramatic, are we?
Fast-forward to the end…
Ms. Nomani finally challenges Mr. Hill to name the one common denominator of all of the 9-11 hijackers, along with Jose Padilla, Zacarias Moussaoui, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, etc.
Mr. Hill, in an attempt to be clever (and it sounds like he rehearsed his answer… I bet he was asked this before) replied “A belief that America needs to be terrorized.”
Give that man a cigar, preferably a gag version that explodes.
I bet you guys know the answer to Asra’s question though… radical Islam.
He finishes the debate by pointing out that Islam isn’t the real problem, it’s those that practice a radical version of it (to which Ms. Namoni agreed to), and that he had the same concerns with “radical Jews and radical Christians”.
The flaw with his statement is that it isn’t radical Jews or Christians that are blowing up planes… it’s the radical Muslims.
Alright, enough of the interview.
Radical Muslims must love Americans like Marc Lamont Hill and Joy Behar. They provide excuses for them to get away with their deeds, even though they don’t actually mean to.
I’m not worried about Muslim Americans like Asra Namoni; it’s the likes of Marc Lamont Hill and Joy Behar who are of real concern to me. They are more of a threat to this country than folks like Ms. Nomani would ever be.
Never mind the radical views they express… their sheer stupidity and pigheadedness alone would be more than enough to do us in.
Debate Over Airport Racial Profiling : CNN Video, 11/30/2010
Asra Q. Namoni : Biography, Official Website, www.asranomani.com