mikhayl wrote:The problem with racial profiling is that you start presuming guilt and the profiling has a tendency to spread to other spaces beyond airport screening.
See the cautionary tale of Jean Charles de Menezes. British police murdered him in cold blood because they were antsy the day after the subway bombings. He did nothing wrong, but he happened to be dark skinned and he very vaguely matched a description of someone the police were looking for.
He did nothing wrong, acted calmly as he was being tailed with police, complied with police once they confronted him (to the extent he could considering he spoke no English, but he got shot in the head 11 times because the British police were out profiling.
The term 'murdered in cold blood' is both hyperbolic and offensive, considering the police saw him emerge from an address they were monitoring, and that they genuinely believed him to fit the description of a terror suspect. There was a shoot-to-kill policy in place to avoid the possibility of suspects detonating their explosives. Negligent? Almost certainly. Cold-blooded murder, no.
AS for 'Islamofascism' I'd say it's the best term. 'Radical Islam' can give the impression that the US and its allies are at war with Islam itself (radical= of the root). The fascism suffix describes the ideology as it is, ie a perversion.
Also, there is no active policy of racial profiling in operation in this country. According to a Muslim friend of mine, the best way to not get searched is to have a massive osama-style beard (too obvious).