U.S. Airports Should Use Racial And Religious Profiling

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Airport Security

Monday, November 22

On Christmas Day, 2009, twenty-three-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 using explosives hidden in his underwear. A string of missed opportunities and errors by government security agencies culminated in what President Obama would declare a “systemic failure.” Is scanning everyone with expensive, high-tech equipment the best use of limited resources? Or should we use the information that we have—the knowledge that, while not all Muslims are terrorists, most terrorists are Muslim.

  • For the motion

    For

    Robert Baer

    Former CIA Case Officer in the Directorate of Operations

  • For the motion

    For

    Deroy Murdock

    Syndicated Columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service

  • For the motion

    For

    Asra Q. Nomani

    Former reporter for the Wall Street Journal

  • Against the Motion

    Against

    Michael Chertoff

    Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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    Against

    Hassan Abbas

    Quaid-i-Azam Professor at SIPA, Columbia University

  • Against the Motion

    Against

    Debra Burlingame

    Co-Founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America

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    John Donvan

    Author and correspondent for ABC News.

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Baer

For The Motion

Robert Baer

Former CIA Case Officer in the Directorate of Operations

was a CIA case officer in the Directorate of Operations from 1976 to 1997, where he served in Middle Eastern countries, including Iraq and Lebanon. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Sleeping with the Devil, about the Saudi royal family and its relationship with the United States; and See No Evil.

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Murdock

For The Motion

Deroy Murdock

Syndicated Columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service

is a syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. His column, “This Opinion Just In…” reaches approximately 400 newspapers across America each week.

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Nomani

For The Motion

Asra Q. Nomani

Former reporter for the Wall Street Journal

a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal for 15 years, is the author of Standing Alone: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam. She is co-director of the Pearl Project, an investigation into the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Her activism for women's rights at her mosque in W.V. is the subject of a PBS documentary, The Mosque in Morgantown. She recently published a monograph, Milestones for a Spiritual Jihad: Toward an Islam of Grace.

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Abbas

Against The Motion

Hassan Abbas

Quaid-i-Azam Professor at SIPA, Columbia University

is Quaid-i-Azam Professor at SIPA, Columbia University. He is also a senior advisor at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and BErnard Schwartz Fellow at Asia Society in New York. Abbas has also been a visiting fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School and a visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation. Prior to his academic career, Abbas served as a government official in the administrations of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and President Pervez Musharraf. While in the Police Service of Pakistan in the late 1990s, he served in the North-West Frontier Province (now Khyber Pukhtunkhwa).

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Burlingame

Against The Motion

Debra Burlingame

Co-Founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America

is the sister of Charles F. "Chic" Burlingame, III, pilot of American Airlines flight 77 which was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. She is the co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America and a co-founder, along with Liz Cheney and William Kristol, of Keep America Safe. She has testified before Congress on aviation security, and has written for the Wall Street Journal and other national publications on national security issues. She is a board member on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation.

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Chertoff

Against The Motion

Michael Chertoff

Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009. Before heading up the Department of Homeland Security, he served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and as a federal prosecutor for more than a decade.

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    2 comments

    • Comment Link Khadijah Saturday, 26 October 2013 19:53 posted by Khadijah

      I have been personally victimized by racial/religious profiling. I was stopped and "investigated" based solely on my being Muslim. The result of this has been a distrust of the police, to the point of thinking twice before reporting being the victim of a real crime. The fact is that the vast majority of Muslims are NOT terrorists. Profiling is an assumption that someone is automatically considered a "criminal" or "anti-American" simply by association. This assumption can, and does, result in crimes being committed against Muslims, justified by an attitude that "they are all terrorist/anti-American". I myself have been harassed/threatened with physical harm based on this assumption.

    • Comment Link Greensnows Friday, 04 January 2013 19:53 posted by Greensnows

      First of all, this is the worst debate among all 44 debates. However, let me offer my respect and admiration to Dr. Abbas, and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Chertoff for their intelligent and well-reasoned arguments. I say you absolutely won the case. I also extend my respect to Dr. Nomani, whose courage to argue for a motion that profiles her own race is courageous. Finally, with due respect, I ought to say Mr. Baer and Mrs. Burlingame were basically hanging in the conversation without making any sensible arguments. They were lost, and intelligent squared is scarred due to their poor performance.

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