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Bill O'Reilly Says Airport "Criminal" Profiling Must Begin Now

Reported by Deborah - August 17, 2006 -

Please don't call it racial profiling because last night, on The Factor, Bill O'Reilly changed the term to "criminal profiling." Now doesn't that sound better even though all the potential criminals he wants to profile are Muslims? He devoted his Talking Points to the issue and then brought on Ruben Navarette, columnist, who recently came out against the practice. 8/17/06

During his Talking Points, O'Reilly said "We're not at war with Granny Frickett. We're at war with Muslim fanatics." He advocated questioning anyone with a criminal record or has traveled to Muslim countries.

"Passengers who are Muslims ages 16 to 45 all should be spoken with. And if the ACLU doesn't like it, tough. This isn't racial profiling. This is criminal profiling."

He suggested we adopt Israeli's screening techniques."Israel looks for possible terrorists, not nail files". O'Reilly proposed that " trained security people" be installed at check in counters.

He concluded his commentary with:

"The wrong-headed notion that you can't scrutinize Muslims, even though the terror war is driven by them, is beyond dumb. It's self-defeating and acutely dangerous. Profiling must begin now."

O'Reilly told Ruben Navarette that if the IRA were attacking us he would gladly submit to profiling claiming it would be his " patriotic duty". Navarette claimed that terrorists could adapt finding less suspicious substitutes. O'Reilly didn't accept that premise saying it would be difficult to find surrogates that could be trusted and also informed Navarette that he wasn't interested in philosophical debate on the issue.

comment: O'Reilly claims that he would consider it his " patriotic duty" to submit to profiling. I wonder how he would actually react to being singled out, humiliated and questioned every time he flew because he was Irish. Since he's been outraged that Rush Limbaugh was questioned about bringing a prescription with another person's name through customs, I doubt he would submit to " criminal" profiling gracefully.