Thursday, July 10, 2008

America's madness continues

Also from Salon (can you tell there's no interesting domestic news today?): the FBI wants to start profiling Muslims. Normally, they need some evidence of wrongdoing in order to open an investigation of a US citizen or resident. But if they get their way, simply being Muslim will be enough. Quite apart from being illegal and a gross violation of American values, it is also likely to be counterproductive; this sort of wide-scale persecution is exactly the sort of thing which makes people support terrorism and withhold vital cooperation from law enforcement. But hey, they didn't learn that lesson in Iraq, so is it really that surprising that they want to repeat the same mistake in the US?