[thechat] US criticised over Muslim checks

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Fri Oct 4 13:54:01 CDT 2002

On Thu, 3 Oct 2002, Frey wrote:

> > Richard Reid is British, and John Walker Lindh and Jose Padilla are
> > (gasp!) American.
> I'm sure every country has at least one citizen that hates the U.S. - that's
> why you go with countries that have a TREND of producing Anti-U.S. citizens.

Or, to put it another way, countries which have a large number of people
the US has already pissed off. Sounds pretty circular to me...

> No policy is "perfect".

Perfect? No. Good enough? Arbitrary and discriminatory policies don't get

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