First and foremost, those "religious freedoms" are what our country was founded on, among others
One thing we pride ourselves on, and condemn other countries for, is the ability to worship openly and freely as you wish. If we start picking and choosing religions, then which one should get cut next?
It's not the PC crowd that has brought this on. I will agree with you that the level of political correctness in our country has gotten way out of hand
But I disagree with you on the matter of profiling.
I was a deputy sheriff when profiling first made it's entry into the LE/intell community. At first it looked great and, in the case of drug smugglers, seemed to work pretty well....then the smugglers got smarter
They adapted and the next thing you know, you have grandma and grandpa smuggling dope up the highway in their RV
The problem with any sort of profiling is that when it's your primary basis for action or interest, you inevitably miss something
You can't judge a person simply on the color of thier skin, their religious beliefs or lack thereof, thier gender, age or any other single factor. There has to be more.
Take a look at Timothy Mcveigh
. Who would have guessed? He certainly didn't meet any of the profiling standards. Just another disgruntled soldier
There are too many disgruntled Americans today, fully capable of and in some situations predisposed to, violent behavior to depend on profiling to prevent these incidents.
The last major base shooting was domestic related.
We've had a couple of workplace shootings here over unemployment and there will likely be, at some point, some pissed off, on his/her last legs, homeowner, facing bank foreclosure, that will go into a bank and cap the living chit out of all he see's until he's stopped
So profiling on the basis of religion and ethnicity, will not necessarily stop these terroristic acts, these acts of randon violence.
In this case, better intelligence gathering and some real damned police work, might have stopped it
Here's a big part of what allowed this to occur:
The FBI and Army Intelligence apparently had information and concerns about the Major some time back and dismissed or failed to act on them?
They failed again!! Seems to be a reoccuring pattern among the feds and the intell community.
But part of the reason they failed is the way they're hamstrung by regulation.
I didn't care for parts of the Patriot Act, but I do agree with allowing our intell and investigative agencies the latitude to do what they do best, once they have some sort of reasonable suspicion, not based soley on race or ethnicity.
In this case, apparently the major had been on at least one known terroist website and was a sympathizer with this guys beliefs against America!
When this sort of thing is intercepted, let them monitor, observe, interview, whatever they have to do, to see if there's a potential threat from the individual?
If it were me, and they came knocking over say, my sentence above about the homeowner, I'd invite them in, give them a glass of iced tea, and chat with them about the situation in America and show them the data. It's wasn't a threat, it's an observation. It would be a simple matter to allay any fears and we all go about our business. But we're too concerned over our freaking privacy
I like my privacy, but I don't have a problem with someone looking into me IF
there's just cause
Don't abuse it and use it sparingly, but give them the authority they need to do the job they have to do.
Finally, if we have gov't officials on the take, then prosecute them and get rid of them.
If they're taking from the terrorist, then I say deport them to the land that they apparently love
Although many are scum, I don't think we're going to find many if any, taking money from known terrorist organizations.