Republican Congressman Freaks Out Because the TSA Didn't Racially Profile

House Homeland Security Member Paul Broun, R-GA, thinks the TSA isn't racially profiling enough, citing one solitary incident in which he saw an 'Arab' man -- how he knew he was 'Arab' is up for debate -- pass through airport security without a patdown:

During a recent trip, Broun said he saw TSA pat down an elderly person and a child, but not a man he himself deemed suspicious.

"I walked through. . .right behind me there was a grandmother — little old lady, and she was patted down," Broun said on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal."

"Right behind her was a little kid who was patted down. And then right behind him was a guy in Arabian dress who just walked right through. Why are we patting down grandma and kids?"

Broun did not specify any other reasons the man looked suspicious other than his dress.


Oh, but there's more:

Broun said in the interview that the TSA needs to focus "on those people who want to harm us.

"We have to identify those people — we do that through human intelligence, we do that by trying to get into the inner circle," he said. "Focus upon those individuals, not on the general public. Unfortunately, I think the Department of Homeland Security has been focusing on the general public and have been afraid of political correctness.

"We've got to forget political correctness," Broun continued. "We've got to start focusing on those people who want to harm us as a nation."

Why people in 'Arabian dress' are not considered 'part of the general public' is something only Broun can tell us, but either way he seems to have a certain disdain for the constitution.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at May 30, 2011, 6:11am

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