Britain - No 1 Target
The Guardian leader comment, August 17:
...French, Dutch and German ministers are said to support ethnic profiling, while the usual suspects within the British media have taken up the call, attracted by a naive utilitarian argument that since young, male Muslims are the likeliest perpetrators, the easiest means of increasing security would be to single them out for special attention. The EU and the British government would be wise to resist such calls - not only is ethnic profiling counterproductive and antagonistic, it is also dangerously ineffective.The Guardian today:
Britain now No 1 al-Qaida target - anti-terror chiefsRemember - we must resist the calls for ethnic profiling. I mean, what possible good could it do?
...Britain is an easier target, they have concluded, because of its traditional links with Pakistan which is visited by tens of thousands of people each year. Intelligence agencies have found it very difficult to penetrate the camps there... Potential new recruits are carefully selected and targeted - mainly Muslim men in their late teens and early 20s...