security must take priority to civil rights if we dont want another 9/11 - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zionist forever
    • 09.03.11 | 17:33 (IST)

    Profiling works its been proven to work, anybody who has done security work uses profiling of some kind to pick out the people who are less likely that others to be a threat. When you have a plane with hundreds of passengers you do not have the time to as all of them detailed questions so you choose groups of who you think warrant more detailed questioning. If you have a little lady from the US who has just been in Israel to see the grand children and behind her is a single male arab and you only have limited time are you going to spend less but an equal amount of time to the old woman & the arab so your not discriminating or are you going to spend less time with the old woman and more with the arab? There are categories of threat level - man higher than woman, arab higher than westerner, muslim higher than jew etc? Some degree of humiliation is needed in security check. The passenger must feel slightly intimidated which some may interpret as humiliation so you can let them know who is in charge.Making passenger think on their feet can also catch somebody with a well rehearsed story off guard. You cannot hide from the fact many Israeli arabs at the very least are sympathetic to terrorists and some may be willing to carry out terror attacks in their own right or assist indirectly by carrying something for a terrorists etc. Whilst most arabs are innocent and they do find it humiliating the system is in place to catch the few odd one who does want to carry out some kind of terror attack. .... whats better airport security that might be considered humiliating or to be the passenger on a plane somebody is about to crash into a building? Security and civil rights don't mix and when peoples lives are at stake I think security should come first.

    from the article: Head to Head / Civil rights lawyer Auni Bana, is there a logic to the security at Ben-Gurion?
    First published 00:50 09.03.11 | Last updated 00:50 09.03.11
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