Technorati tags: politics, elections, Wisconsin Republican Congressional candidate Paul R. Nelson has a great adjunct to racial profiling - turban profiling
When it rains, it pours - more rightwing stupidity about muslims. A republican running for Rep. Mark Green's seat, Wisconsin's Third congressional District, told an interviewer that he thinks racial profiling of male muslims is a 'no nonsense' security measure for air travel.
"Racial profiling is one way that we can cut down on security risks," Paul R. Nelson said, "Remember, the twenty-four bombers that they had put -- the potential bombers that they arrested last week in Britain were british citizens.
"These folks are amongst us, in some cases, and to draw a - stop being politically correct here and and be serious and tough on the war on terror." When asked how you could tell what a muslim male looks like, Nelson was ready with a pause you could drive a truck through. You really have to hear it (MP3) to do it justice.
"Well, you know, if he comes in wearing a turban and his name is Mohammed," he said, "that's a good start." Brilliant! All muslims wear turbans - look at video from Iraq on CNN. The place is lousy with them.
Hell, think about all the muslims you see in the news. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Turban. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani? Turban. Maliki? Turban. Dave Chapelle? Turban. Mohammed Ali? Big freakin' turban and named Mohammed! Clearly, this plan is foolproof.
"Of course, no plan is going to be foolproof," Nelson said after being told that at least two would-be bombers in the UK terror plot were native brits, "But the point is, strictly doing random searches - where it's just a catch all - is not effective, is not a very effective use of law enforcement personnel."
So, did the UK use racial profiling to break this plot? Um, no. Despite this obvious handicap, british law enforcement seemed be very effective.