[thechat] US criticised over Muslim checks

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Fri Oct 4 14:16:00 CDT 2002

On Thu, 3 Oct 2002, Hugh Blair wrote:

> > -----Original Message-----
> > On Behalf Of Ken Kogler
> > Did you see Robin William's stand-up special on HBO? He had a good bit
> > about airport security:
> >
> > "Ladies and gentlemen, before we board flight 5, we're just
> > going to do a few random bag checks... These are totally random. I'm
> > just going to read off a few names... Hassem bin Seen? Akim Milay?
> > Judy Smith?"
> Yeh, it was funny. Not true, but funny. Last week I flew a leg that
> had a mostly empty plane, maybe 30 passengers. In that group were
> (about) 8 women, 17 white/black guys, and 5 men of obvious middle-
> eastern extraction that were standing in a group. Not one of the
> 5 got checked at the gate. So don't tell me that there is a
> consistant profiling of middle-eastern males.

Statistically significant sample..?


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