Terror, Watch Lists and Rights: What Do We Want?

Ten days ago, airline officials let a Nigerian man who paid cash for his ticket sail through security at Amsterdam airport and board a flight for Detroit that he attempted to blow up with explosives hidden in his underwear. The reaction to that Christmas Day breach was outrage.

Today, airline officials are being asked to pat down travelers en route to the United States from 14 countries, including Nigeria, Pakistan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and the reaction is: outrage, at least from civil rights groups.
“I understand there needs to be additional security in light of what was attempted on Christmas Day,” Nawar Shora of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee told The New York Times. “But this is extreme and very dangerous. All of a sudden people are labeled as being related to terrorism just because of the nation they are from.”

 

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