Dov Hikind charged that it's "insane" to look for bombs in the bags of "75-year-old grandmothers," adding, "The FBI and authorities have a good idea of who is going to commit terrorism. They all look similar, but everyone is terrified of using the word 'racial.' "
"There is a terrorist profile for a potential suicide bomber, and it's not the 75-year-old grandmother . . . who has an oversized tote bag firmly tucked under her arm" said Hikind, who called random searches "insane." Instead, he argued, police should be stopping and searching "people of Middle Eastern descent," with particular focus on young men and women. "Every case of recent terrorism has been committed by individuals [from a] Middle Eastern country," he said.
The NYPD response:
"Racial profiling is illegal, of doubtful effectiveness, and against department policy," said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.
It's illegal - because of bad law [which Hikind plans on introducing legislation to change]; against department policy - because of poor policy; and how could it be of doubtful effectiveness if it hasn't yet been tried? Current policy in New York City is to check every fifth person. Not about one in five people, but a literal every fifth person. This is absolute idiocy. Any half-aware terrorist can see from afar who has been pulled over, and make sure to be of the group that does not get checked.
Even if purely random checks were performed, the security officials are more likely to miss a terrorist than catch one. If one out of every five people gets checked, then about one in every five terrorists should be caught. That's a terrible ratio, resulting in the deaths of thousands of lives because police did not want to make anybody uncomfortable.
But even many of those who would be likely to be checked and made uncomfortable seem to be in favor of profiling, even at their own expense. There was the well-written article in the Journal today (see previous post for discussion of this) and FoxNews has a quote from a resident who sums things up nicely:
Aditya Maharjan, 42, a Hindu immigrant from Nepal who works at Curry in a Hurry in Manhattan, supported Hikind. "If they can maintain safety, then we'll be safe, too," said Maharjan, even as he acknowledged that his skin color could single him out for such profiling. "Security is the most important thing."