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Calls for racial, ethnic profiling renewed after transit attacks

In the aftermath of last month’s terrorist attacks on London’s subways and buses, some have renewed calls in this country for authorities to use racial and ethnic profiling to try to identify terrorism suspects at airports and on the nation’s transit systems. So far the idea has been advanced most forcefully by columnists, academics and local politicians in New York City, where anti-terror precautions including random searches of subway passengers’ bags were instituted after the London attacks. Bush administration officials resist the notion — which is against federal policy — but even the staunchest opponents of profiling admit the idea will gain force if Islamic extremists begin new attacks.Full Story

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