Cain And Santorum Advocate Profiling Muslims

Santorum and Paul debate profiling during last Tuesday's debate.

During last Tuesday’s Republican Presidential debate, candidates Herman Cain and Rick Santorum have advocated the profiling of Muslims as a vital tool in the war on terror.

Noting that Santorum had advocated profiling in the past, moderator Wolf Blitzer asked the former Pennsylvania Senator, “Just to be precise, is it ethnic profiling, religious profiling, who would be profiled?”

“The folks that are most likely to be committing these crimes,” Santorum replied. “Obviously Muslims would be someone you’d look at, absolutely.”

“Radical Muslims are the ones committing these crimes, as well as younger males,” he said.

A flabbergasted Ron Paul rebutted, “That’s digging our hole for ourselves. What if they look like [Oklahoma City bomber] Timothy McVeigh.”

Congressman Paul may have a point in noting this. Shortly after US President Barack Obama took office, his Department of Homeland Security put Americans with conservative views on a watch list of potential terrorists in April 2009. A week later, it was revealed that the FBI was actively monitoring the conservative grassroots Tea Party events taking shape across the country.

“There have been very significant changes made over the last few years that redirect the focus and assets of the intelligence community internally,” civil libertarian activist Doug Hagmann said of the 2009 revelations. “These changes have greatly accelerated under this administration, and the threats have been redefined to include those who used to be patriots. It’s not only chilling but absolutely insulting to God-fearing Americans.”

Congressman Paul also took exception with calling terrorist prevention a “war.”

“I don’t recall declaring a declaration of war against terrorism,” Paul said. “Terrorism is a tactic, it isn’t a person.”

Paul added that the Department of Defense (DoD) has changed its wording of Al Queda to “anybody associated with organizations.”

“Almost anybody can be loosely associated [with Al Queda] now, which makes Americans vulnerable.”

Businessman Herman Cain agreed with Santorum on the profiling of Muslims, calling it “targeted identification.”

“If you take a look at the people who have tried to kill us, it would be easier to figure out exactly what that identification profile looked like,” Cain explained.

“It it OK for Muslim Americans to get more intensive pat downs or security when they go through airports than for Christian Americans or Jewish Americans?” Blitzer pressed.

“No, Blitz. That’s oversimplifying it,” Cain replied. “I’m sorry, Blitz. I meant Wolf.”

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