I was amused to see that Sheriff Joe Arpaio was in trouble for “profiling”, something which for unknown reasons is anathema in the US.
The Israelis are not suicidally stupid on this subject like the US is. The Israelis assume, for example, that the people who are most likely to carry a bomb on their airplanes are young Muslim men who appear to be nervous, are traveling alone, and who bought their tickets with cash … crazy, huh? Who knew? Here’s a description of the security at Ben Gurion airport, emphasis mine:
All vehicles that arrive at Ben Gurion must first pass through a preliminary security checkpoint where armed guards search the vehicle and exchange a few words with the driver and occupants to gauge their mood and intentions. Plain clothes officers patrol the area outside the terminal building, assisted by sophisticated hidden surveillance cameras which operate around the clock. Armed security personnel patrol the terminal and keep a close eye on people entering the terminal building. If any persons seem suspicious or anxious, security personnel will approach them and engage them in conversation in an effort to gauge their intentions and mood. Vehicles are subject to a weight sensor, a trunk x-ray and an undercarriage scan.
Departing passengers are questioned by highly trained security agents before they reach the check-in counter. These interviews could last as little as one minute or as long as an hour, based on such factors as age, race, religion and destination. Unlike in many western airports, passengers are not required to remove their shoes while passing through physical screening processes. Furthermore, there are no sophisticated x-ray machines; rather, traditional metal detectors are still in operation.
Now, of course this would be highly illegal in the US. We cannot base the length of our interviews on crass things like “age, race, religion and destination”, that’s the crime of “profiling”.
Instead, our idiotic laws require that our airport security guards spend as much time investigating and searching Granny as they spend investigating and searching young Muslim men …
… because you see, if they do anything else, our authorities would end up like Sheriff Joe, charged with the heinous crime of focusing on the groups most likely to be committing crimes. He foolishly assumed that illegal immigrants along the Arizona border were likely to be Hispanic … and inter alia, that’s what landed him in durance vile.
It’s nuts—doing what the Israelis do by focusing our scarce enforcement resources on the types of people most likely to be guilty of committing particular crimes, well, that’s “racial profiling” … and in the US you most definitely can go to jail for doing just that.
As I get older, I’m starting to see how societies wither and die … not by threats from without, but by suicidal stupidity and blind political correctness from within.
Ah, well, the sun is glittering on the bit of ocean I can see from my kitchen window, and the trees are smiling, that’s good enough for me.