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Fox News Military Analyst Thomas McInerney Calls For Strip Searching Every “18-28 Year Old Muslim Man”

Reported by Ellen - January 3, 2010 -

Fox News’ Military Analyst, Thomas McInerney visited America’s News HQ to use fear mongering as an avenue for advocating the strip searching of every 18-28 year old Muslim man, even though he kept insisting he was not calling for racial profiling. McInerney claimed to be recommending the same practices as the Israeli airline El Al, which has an extraordinary safety record, but in a recent interview on another Fox News program, Isaac Yeffet, El Al’s former head of security, specifically rejected the measures McInerney called for. Props to host Julie Banderas, who was obviously shocked and dismayed at McInerney’s statements, for challenging him but it would have been nice if she had had some hard facts at hand about what is effective for airline security. With video.

Without offering any evidence for either his recommendation or his assessment of the risk level, McInerney told Banderas, “We’ve got to go to more than just the normal process that they’re talking about now. We have got to go to very, very strict screening and we have to use profiling. And I mean be very serious and harsh about the profiling. If you are an 18-28 year old Muslim man, then you should be strip searched. And if we don’t do that, tbere’s a very high probability that we’re gonna lose an airliner.”

“That’s a bit strong, though,” Banderas said. She pointed out, “Racial profiling, first of all is extremely controversial. And it would be essentially singling people out because of a religious group… That’s just not going to go over, not in this country, anyway.”

“I agree. That’s the problem,” McInerney said. But, still without offering any proof that his assessment was accurate, he added, “But if you lose 300 Americans, and then people are going to say, ‘Why didn’t we do this?’ …If that age group doesn’t like it, then what are they doing to stop this jihad against the west?” He went on to ask why Saudi Arabia has not issued a fatwa calling “this jihad against the west an unholy war.” McInerney continued, “So they haven’t carried their role in this particular problem.”

Banderas didn’t mince her words. “God forbid we actually did that, OK? …That would just, I would imagine, generate more violence and hatred toward the west.” She added that she hoped we are trying to “make peace with those who hate our country.”

She continued, “Let’s talk what we can do realistically here… Racial profiling not necessarily, I don’t think, a solution but then again, I’m not a government official.”

“First of all, it’s not racial profiling,” McInerney claimed. “It is profiling, just like the Israelis do. Let’s use the same procedures that the Israelis do on El Al.”

Actually, as Yeffet, the former head of security for El Al, told Fox & Friends recently, El Al does behavioral profiling, not profiling based on race or ethnicity.

Furthermore, McInerney made it explicit he was talking about ethnic/religious profiling. ”I want to profile on that group that we have enough evidence from 9/11 and other cases… that we know what we’re looking at. They’re using an ideology, not a religion, certainly not a religion that says you can kill innocent people, Julie. This is an ideology. We need to challenge that. If we continue to become politically correct, then we’re going to have a disaster and that’s all I want our viewers to understand. We’re looking at an imminent disaster if we don’t take some very harsh and very realistic decisions, just like, as I say, the Israelis do.”

By the way, Yeffet also said “Stop with the panic that we have in this country now. The panic shows fear and weakness."

But nearly every day on Fox, you hear the same drumbeat of panic in the reflexive backlash against Muslims that is offered up as a needed security measure to prevent catastrophe.

Video via Mediaite.