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Back in vogue: NYC officials calls for racial profiling

Hikind and Otto: if the terrorists “looked like” them, would they be on board with profiling?

“They all look a certain way. It’s all very nice to be politically correct here, but we’re talking about terrorism.”
— Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Democrat from Brooklyn

“Young Arab fundamentalists are the individuals undertaking these acts of terror, and we should keep those facts prominently in our minds and eyes as we attempt to secure our populace.”
— Republican NY City Councilman James Oddo

The gloves are off; I knew someone would finally get around to saying it out loud. As if stopping and searching and harassing anyone that “looks like” a terrorist is actually going to do any good in a city with many brown people.

Middle Easterners should be targeted for searches on city subways, two elected officials said, contending that police have been wasting time with random checks in efforts to prevent terrorism in the transit system.

The city began examining passengers’ bags on subways and buses after the second bomb attack in London two weeks ago. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have said several times that officers will not engage in racial profiling.

But over the weekend, state Assemblyman Dov Hikind said police should be focusing on those who fit the “terrorist profile.” “They all look a certain way,” said Hikind, a Democrat from Brooklyn. “It’s all very nice to be politically correct here, but we’re talking about terrorism.”

On Tuesday, Republican City Councilman James Oddo said the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack by Middle Eastern men in hijacked airplanes prompted him to publicly declare his support for Hikind’s statements.

The director of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Wissam Nasr, said their push for racial profiling is offensive and ignorant.

Terror comes in all shapes and sizes, and certainly there’s no legislation or system that’s going to identify terrorists on the spot,” Nasr said.

You all know what a terrorist looks like, right?

We have to look out for those swarthy people, not like, say the abortion clinic bomber Eric Rudolph, or Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, or well…this guy:

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