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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Foiled Terrorist Plot

President Bush has detailed how a plot to crash a plane into the US Bank Tower in LA was folied in 2002/2003. Bravo.

This snippet of the story caught my eye:

Mr Bush said that instead of using hijackers of Arab origin, as in the attacks on New York and Washington, Sheikh Mohammed recruited "young men from South East Asia whom he believed would not arouse as much suspicion".

A sensible precaution really if you think that the authorities are going to be on the look out for those of an Arab or Persian persuasion. So what does this do to the great 'racial profiling debate'? I'll be honest and say that in the past I have tended to sway towards those who suggested that it made more sense to seach ditinctly Muslim looking folk, but now this has altered my perception. Obviously (and it should have been obvious before) we are not dealing with idiots, and to assume that by only targeting those we think look like terrorists then we are going to end up missing more and more as they slip through the net.

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