Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Don't Bother me with Common Sense

A Virginia Tech graduate student complains in the Roanoke Times of racial profiling when an FBI agent tells him "Your cultural background and your interest in flying raised a red flag." Let's see....a young, Arabic-looking male who wants to fly. Give him the keys!

It might be instructive to supplement this with Captain's Quarters' two part discussion of "When Political Correctness Kills," here (the story of how security personnel avoided just such profiling and missed 911 terrorist Mohammed Atta) and here (detailing how fears of appearing racist impede investigations).

Of course, the Roanoke Times won't give you that kind of balance. That's what we're here for. We report, you decide.