On Fox and Friends this morning, Steve Doocy hosted a discussion about concerns from Muslim-Americans that full-body scanners at airports violate Islamic rules on modesty. After former homeland security research analyst Michael Hoffman suggested that some profiling was needed for airport security, Doocy brought up his wife's experiences going through airport security, saying that she gets searched even though "she does not look like what we have presumed the people who want to blow up airlines look like."
Ahmed Rehab, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago, quickly rebuked Doocy's comment about the "presumed" appearance of terrorists. "Behavioral profiling is one thing, how they look like is another," said Rehab. "How they look like is racial profiling, which I'm not for." Doocy replied by asserting that all potential airline terrorists "look alike".
Doocy then backtracked on his claim, saying, "you go back a number of years and it was Timothy McVeigh, a blond-haired blue-eyed guy." Rehab added that the attempted shoe bomber, Richard Reid, is "half-Jamaican, half-British."
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