Racial Profiling in the War on Terrorism

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Racial Profiling in the War on Terrorism 07 July 2014 Racial Profiling in the War on Terrorism Racial profiling is a generic term that describes the reliance by law enforcement officials and agencies on race or ethnicity or national origin, as opposed to behavior, in considering whether or not a person is likely to commit a crime or illegal act, or in deciding whether or not to engage in enforcement of the law (Jadallah, & el-Khoury, 2010). Racial profiling is an action that relies on the race, ethnicity, or national origin and not merely on the behavior of an individual or individuals. Out of the tragic events of September 11, an enormous opportunity for improving the social and economic sustainability of our communities from all threats, but primarily terrorism, was envisioned and identified as homeland security (Bullock, Haddow & Capolla, 2013). However, ever since the attack of 9/11 by terrorists, Racial Profiling has increased among the Muslim community especially those with Middle Easter descent because of the war on terror. This war, unfortunately, is not easily defined, has no obvious battle ground, and has an indefinite duration. Because of the sporadic nature of the war on terror, the government would not be justified and some actions are causing controversy. Current definitions of terrorism fail to capture the magnitude of the problem both locally and worldwide and the effect of the problem affects some communities more than others. The burden of using physical descriptions to look for terrorists has fallen on Muslims or Middle Easterners because the September 11 hijackers were of Middle Eastern descent. Most Americans were opposed to racial profiling before September 11. However, some polls showed more than 60 percent were in favor of the practice only weeks after terrorist’s hijacked four planes, crashing them in

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