We have a bit of a conundrum here in the United States. According to the FBI al -Qaeda has been recruiting Westerners to carry out terrorist plots, and there is a new imperative to be more vigilant. That includes reporting suspicious behaviors to law enforcement.
So, if you see a person in a Home Depot or Lowes buying a large quantity of fertilizer, you need to alert law enforcement. They can then investigate that person and make sure he is not planning to blow up a building full of people.
Trouble is, in some parts of the country, you would be reporting the local rancher who has 100 acres of hay meadow to fertilize.
The Justice Department has started a project called the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative. Centers will be set up for federal, state and local law enforcement will analyze reports of suspicious activities. In the reporting process people are required to base the report on suspicious behaviors, not on what the person looks like.
Like that will really work.
I don't often agree with the ACLU, but I agree with their concerns over this. Look at how many innocent people have been detained since 9/11 just because of their ethnic or religious background. Look at how many innocent people are treated like criminals every time they board an airplane.
Yes, we need to take steps to protect ourselves and ensure the security of our country, but we must not walk on the backs of innocent people to do that.