Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Blog

Today, the United States Senate hosted a hearing on “Preventing Terrorist Travel” in United States. Sitting in the hearing room of the Homeland Security Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, ranking member Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) read aloud her statement.  Halfway through the Senator remarked, “... It troubles many Americans to see the TSA putting the very young and the very elderly through intrusive and most cases unnecessary screenings.” She then added “...We continue to give extra screening to individuals, who pose no threat, yet others who should arouse suspicion can bypass check points without being questioned, our systems are still not properly calibrated.”  While not calling for racial profiling directly, it was hard to miss the obvious undertones implicit within the Senator’s statement, namely that there are in fact those whose physical appearance should give investigators pause and even lend reasonable suspicion to an invasive search.  To the Senator, proper calibration it seems means stopping those airline passengers with dark skin and beards, and not little old white ladies.



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