Thursday, December 29, 2005

ACLU Challenges Profiling

Earlier today Fox News reported that the ACLU has filed a lawsuit against behavioral profiling at Logan Airport in Boston. A quick Google search revealed several stories between last November and now mentioning what is, apparently, the same suit. Speculation alert: it may be that the suit has been filed, but no court date assigned.

The profiling is a method of threat assessment based on the behavior of an individual at a checkpoint that has been employed to great effect in Israel. The ACLU's claim is that this sort of profiling will be racial profiling. It seems like an odd position to take, as that the intent is to do away with the need for racial profiling. A person's behavior ought to be a good and valid indicator of threat--much better than using appearance.

If security is to be denied an objective tool like behavioral profiling, then the wait times at airports will continue to be excessively long as the screeners check 80 year old grandmothers from Texas and 2 year old girls from Laos in a ham-fisted attempt to attempt to appear unprejudiced. There has to be a better way without sacrificing security.

2 Comments:

Blogger Whole Wheat Bagel said...

Seth, have you seen this anywhere on the net yet?

12:08 PM  
Blogger Seth said...

Offhand I can offer this ACLU link.

It's not a new suit, I don't understand why it's just getting into the news now.

10:04 PM  

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