LETTERS: Profiling is part of human nature

The recent column by Eugene Robinson of the far-left Washington Post was either purposely deceitful on why granny gets searched at the airport or he lets his racial prejudices overlay what little common sense he may have once had. Robinson’s objection to passenger profiling at the airports was based on his false implication that you had to choose what person you would search to the exclusion of all others.

Profiling is a legitimate law enforcement practice. TSA profiling can use many factors, including assessing who people are, what they are doing, their travel history, how they are dressed and, yes, even their race and ethnic background. This doesn’t mean that granny shouldn’t be subjected to some level of scrutiny but it is quite ridiculous to not use profiling as an effective tool to our advantage.

It’s quite stupid to subject a 6-year-old child or a 75-year-old grandma to the same security measures as a 25-year-old Arabic man. All passengers need to be subjected to some level of scrutiny, but profiling allows you to concentrate your efforts on those whose profiling “points” have proven to be more likely to commit terrorist acts.

Profiling is only one of many tools and is not based solely on race and ethnicity regardless of what Robinson implied. It doesn’t mean that grandma is excluded from some kind of scrutiny, but because of political correctness and unhinged bigoted columnists like Eugene Robinson, 6-year-old children and 75-year-olds will continue to be groped simply so TSA can say that they are not giving priority profiling to those groups who have been proven to be the most risky of passengers. The infamous “shoe bomber” likely received insufficient screening or inspection because TSA inspectors had to spread out their efforts to include kids and grannies.

Might I add that we all commit a form of profiling every day. It is called “sizing people up.” Most of us while walking back to our car after shopping at the mall will surely pay attention to those people present in the area of our path and our car and assess whether they present a threat to us based on how they are dressed, what they look like and how they are dressed. Folks, this is profiling.

— Ernest Wade