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Justice Minister rejects passenger profiling

The Local · 29 Dec 2010, 08:50

Published: 29 Dec 2010 08:50 GMT+01:00

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“Systematic differentiation according to homeland and origin carries the risk of stigmatisation,” Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, of the liberal Free Democratic Party, told daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday.

Christoph Blume, the head of Düsseldorf Airport and the incoming head of the ADV airport association, told Tuesday’s edition of daily Rheinische Post that passengers should be divided into risk categories, meaning they would be subject varying degrees of scrutiny by airport security.

“That way, the security system could become more effective to everyone’s benefit,” said Blume, who will take the helm of the ADV next month.

He said profiling passengers according to characteristics such as race, religion and country of origin would allow German airports to avert a further tightening of security.

But his call has met fierce resistance. Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said such a move would “quickly breach discrimination bans that apply in the European Union and in Germany.”

The call for profiling amounted to “massive data gathering” whose cost was out of proportion to its benefit, the minister added.

Federal data protection commissioner, Peter Schaar, also dismissed the idea.

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“Classification into different risk groups always has a discriminating and degrading effect on the people in question,” he said.

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09:28 December 29, 2010 by tallady
Common sense prevails.
09:44 December 29, 2010 by snowey
So what does it take? A couple of Muslim terrorist attacks with hundreds dead? Then it will be to late for those slaughtered & injured.Racial profiling is an intelligent & low key part solution to what is going to be an ever growing problem. Almost every week in Western Europe Muslims are arrested for planning terrorist attacks. 10 Muslims last week in the UK, before that the Stockholm bomber, then the Dutch police arrested 6 Muslims in Rotterdam & Amsterdam. And thats only the last 3 weeks.
10:13 December 29, 2010 by tallady
snowey,, we have had these attacks ,World Trade center,for example,,and law enforcement agencies have been vigilant in Europe and the USA,as you pointed out,,but that is not the same as some one being hauled out back at the airport because his name is from a Islamic country. That says all people from these countries are suspected terrorist ,which is far from reality. It is Xenophobia.

Groups that frequent mosques that have radical inclinations are watched carefully here and there.This intel is legit, and necessary,but to overhaul a family going on vacation because there names are of Muslim origin is wrong.
11:39 December 29, 2010 by mixxim
Does Justice need to be devoid of all common sense in order to pander to the sensibilities of those likely to cause such outrages? Why should an elderly Oma travelling to London by Lufthansa have her Shampoo taken away? Why is my nailfile confiscated. Does ANYONE really believe these could be used to hijack the plane?
12:33 December 29, 2010 by ngwanem
thanks tallady for clarifying that. a lot of people on this forum are armchair-warriors, who have no clear way of distinguishing between xenophobia and vigilance.
14:24 December 29, 2010 by hanskarl
"Common sense prevails?" Idiocy and lunacy, political correctness prevails.
14:41 December 29, 2010 by tallady
You could have remained silent and everyone would wonder if you are a fool ,or as in this case you could make a statement and remove all doubt.
14:57 December 29, 2010 by hanskarl
Look up the definition of the word and stop using it as a stop gap measure to promulgate a failed policy.
15:01 December 29, 2010 by tallady
promulgate a failed policy.???uuuhgh
16:38 December 29, 2010 by snowey
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19:56 December 29, 2010 by tomjack
Snowey your so right.
21:32 December 29, 2010 by xx.weirich.xx
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08:18 December 30, 2010 by Johnne
Scared insecured people calling Xenophobia "profiling" you need learn how to live with other people & races by force because the insecured,imperialist, greedy & selfish mentality of the west caused all these problems in the first place! now everyone is paranoid because of some people´s unecessary intervention into other people´s affairs. LEAVE THE MUSLIMS ALONE!!!
08:52 December 30, 2010 by storymann
@hanskarl You say Political Correctness ..

Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional,

illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end
09:24 December 30, 2010 by zaly
You can't fight terrorist if you still playing with fire.
11:53 December 30, 2010 by michael4096
¦quot;Classification into different risk groups always has a discriminating and degrading effect on the people in question,¦quot;
This is very true. I can testify to it.

When I was about 21, I looked very much like a modern geek - but unfortunately they didn't exist at that time. It was hippy time, which also meant Yasser Arafat, RAF etc and with my long, black, curly hair and beard I would get stopped all the time. Added to that, I has some arcane skills in certain weapon computer systems which meant flying frequently to some unusual places for a very young guy. The military security guys decided that the solution was a special military pass with "Rank: n/a" on it which only caused even more trouble.

It was fun at first, but the novelty soon wore off after a ton of missed flights, questions behind bright lights, approaches by armed security just when walking up the steps to the aircraft etc. Then you get the stares from your fellow passangers...
14:10 December 30, 2010 by hanskarl
@storymann, Thank you for the reminder. I have seen this quote and I agree. I said it earlier.

Tolerance only goes so far, in the home or in the community. It seems to me that in our toleration we are being overwhelmed and destroyed from within by the very benefactors of our tolerance, the intolerant.

Well, we have gone out of our way to appease and support the intolerant but there is little cooperation and before we are overwhelmed by any overt group we ought to take measures to protect the local citizenry........anyway that is what the government is supposed to do.
14:32 December 30, 2010 by mos101392
It won't matter what Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger thinks the next time Germans or anyone else for that matter dies due to a terrorist attact. Eventually, the majority will vote her out and have it thier way.
17:26 December 30, 2010 by moiin
"....Danish police have today (29/12) arrested 4 Muslim terrorists...." what is the religion of those who arrested the same day other than those 4 muslims? Or, Danish police have just arrested only those 4 terroists in that single day? Check out the crime statistics (just google it) and then you cannot blame only one religion or race! Do not bring any religion or race with terror activities, if you do so it means you are helping to spread the hatred feelings for others (instead doing so, try to help/love/educate those people it will help to solve the problem). And remember terrorist is terrorist.

Check out crime statistics (just google it)

of any how many crimes are reported and the religion ratio of

anybody else in that day!! This is interesting

Check out how many crime ha
14:02 December 31, 2010 by tallady
What seems like throwing gas on the fire to me is that ,when a person(s) are arrested for alleged Terror plotting ect,they always mention that they are Muslims.and as Molin above pointed out other arrests are without religious mention. I have no issue with for example with 3 men from Pakistan or any other country were arrested today for...............but color or religion makes it prejudicial.
13:47 January 4, 2011 by TruthSeekr
Last week in the news, when a group of to-be-bombers where arrested, "Islamic terrorism" was to blame.

Two days later when a bomb exploded in Greece, it was only "anarchy" and not "Christian/Jew/Atheist terrorists" who did it.

When you conveniently redefine terrorism to include only acts of violence commited by Muslims or in the name of Islam, of course you only have "Muslim terrorism".

Musilms are the new Black in the world of xenophobes and racists.
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