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Rep. Steve King Advocates for Racial Profiling of Muslims

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Published on Aug 23, 2012

At a recent town hall in Le Mars, Iowa, Rep. Steve King advocates for racial profiling of Muslims.

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What's happened is we've got some people in Congress who have been tracking this more closely than I have, but they've sat in on briefings from--usually it's a departing or retiring FBI agent that lays out the case that they've been--they and other federal officials have been ordered to scrub any language from published documents that might be negative towards Muslims, and that's part of the culture and psychology of this administration.

And so...and by the way, the profiling component of this too...if you go get on an airplane--an El Al airplane, somebody'll walk up to you and they'll already know about your background, know why you're traveling there, and they'll ask you a series of questions and if you answer all those questions right, you get on the airplane. If you don't, you don't get on the airplane. And, part of that is to know something about the people that are climbing on the plane, and we've refused to do that.

As America, we've decided that we're gonna process everybody the same, so that means the 75 year-old grandmother gets the spread-eagle search and while that happens, maybe the 20 year-old Middle Eastern male waltzes through with a smirk on his face. I'm not making that up. I've seen that. That image will not ever leave my mind. But, we have to do that, apparently, because we're so squeamish about making judgment calls that we've put everybody through a formula and a process so everybody gets searched, and I don't know if we'll ever get away from that.

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