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The Circumcision Wars (The Wall Street Journal, June 3, 2011)

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Male Circumcision Ban Proposed in Santa Monica (The Jerusalem Post, May 25, 2011)

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Right Goal, Wrong Strategy (The Wide Angle Blog, May 11, 2011)

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The Bus Has Left the Station (City Journal, April 1, 2011)

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UCLA Leads the Pack (The Wide Angle Blog, March 29, 2011)

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Mixed Race Marriages and Our Attitudes (The Wide Angles, March 25, 2011)

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Israeli Consul General, Palestinian Lobbyist Reach Mock Peace Agreement (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 6, 2009)

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L.A. at the Tipping Point (www.RonKaye.LA, February 13, 2009)

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Theatrics by the Teachers (Daily News, February 8, 2009)

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The Good News About Gaza in America (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 21, 2009)

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Fast-food Moratorium is Meddling (Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2008)

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Shalom is not Funny (Letter to the Editor, Los Angeles Downtown News, June 23, 2008)

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A Dangerous and Precedent Setting Intrusion (Jewish Journal, June 13, 2008)

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Families Deserve More than a Moratorium (Los Angeles Times, Blowback, April 10, 2008)

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On Any Given Sunday, Rev. Wright is Wrong (www.theroot.com, March 26, 2008)

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Obama’s Minister (KPCC’s Airtalk, March 18, 2008)

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Asking Too Much (Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2008)

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Playing a Frayed and Faded Race Card (Jewish Journal, January 18, 2008)

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Board Vote Not Aimed At Students (Los Angeles Daily News, September 9, 2007)

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Mexican Americans and Drunk Driving (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 6, 2007)

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Drop the Race Card (Washington Post, April 15, 2007)

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Racism Claims a Stretch" (Daily News, December 1, 2006)

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Civil Rights? How About Lawlessness? (Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Racial Profiling and a National ID Card"

Val Zavala>> Ever since 9/11, the issue of racial profiling has come up. Should we scrutinize those who "look" Middle Eastern more carefully at our airports? Well, some people say the answer is in a national ID card. David Lehrer of CommUnity Advocates, Inc. moderates a frank kitchen conversation with ACLU attorney, Steve Rohde, and Chapman Law School professor, Katherine Darmer.

David Lehrer>> Newspapers, magazines, talk shows have been full of talk about racial profiling, airports and what happens. We're talking specifically about racial profiling at airports. What is your take on what's going on?

Stephen Rohde>> Well, I just think we have to look at racial profiling post-9/11 in the light that we understood that racial profiling pre-9/11 was wrong. Driving while black, stopping people because of their race. We've substituted that now for Muslims, Middle Easterners, people of that descent. My concern is, in our headlong efforts to fight terrorism, that we not lose way in terms of our basic principles and engage in the very racial profiling that we previously condemned.

David Lehrer>> Katherine, what do you think?

Katherine Darmer>> I definitely agree that undifferentiated profiling is wrong. I think where Steve and I might disagree is I think that there is a point at which taking into account things like national origin, ethnic background, is appropriate if you have a specific fit of information that is relevant to that particular group.

So for example, if you would see intelligence that says, you know, people from a particular country are planning on bombing targets in the United States, I think it's only sensible at that point to focus on those particular individuals, people from that group, as opposed to, you know, stopping every little old lady in an airport.

David Lehrer>> But if we have the evidence that every one of those people who drove the planes into the World Trade Center were young Muslim males between eighteen and thirty-five, and we know that's the case we're sure of and most of the incidents around the world are related to young Muslim males, does that work? We can have higher thresholds for a week, a month, a year? I mean, does it make sense to stop the little old lady from Boise, Idaho?

Stephen Rohde>> Well, we didn't racially profile Caucasians when Timothy McVey engaged in the terrorist bombing in Oklahoma. I think we need to be smarter than that.

David Lehrer>> But don't you think law enforcement is looking at right wing extremists a lot more carefully after Oklahoma City?

Stephen Rohde>> If you start to add -- and I think we may agree on this -- if race is part of a profile of behavior, conduct, actions, that's good policing. What I worry about and what I worry the government has fed is an "Islamaphobia". The president used "Islamic fascists". We cannot feed a generic of hostility toward all Muslims, all Arabs and all people from the Middle East.

David Lehrer>> I don't think anybody would disagree. Do you feel that that's been the case?

Katherine Darmer>> I think that Steve is over-stating it a bit and I do want to say that I think in the immediate wake of 9/11, one thing President Bush did to his credit -- even though I don't agree with much that he does -- he came out and said specifically that we cannot blame these attacks on Muslim people or on people from the Middle East. He went after a hate crime in the wake of 9/11 that was targeted to those groups. So I don't think it's true that there's been a general frenzy coming from the government to target those groups.

I think one distinction I agree with you about is Timothy McVey and so on, but the difference here is that we're talking about airport security. When you're walking down the street going into an office building, generally there's not going to be the same kind of security that you're going to expect at the airport.

What I'm talking about is, when you have information about a particular group, I think it only makes sense to focus on that group as they go through security. Perhaps do more scrutiny of checked bags. We all know that not all checked bags are even screened. I would say, you know, if you have information that somebody from a particular country, Saudi Arabia, is going to go after the United States, I would say that you screen all of the bags from that particular area during the time that that threat is still live.

In answer to your question about how long does it last, I think it's very contact-specific. Sometimes the threat isn't going to happen within a day. Sometimes it's more open-ended and I think the standard under the Constitution has to be reasonable.

David Lehrer>> Is there a way to kind of obviate this problem? The whole notion of a national ID card that has data that can't be forged where you can opt into it like an easy pass on a toll road? You give up a little bit because somebody will know that you're getting on a plane at 8:45 and that you're landing in Denver, Colorado at 4:15. People can opt in or not opt in. If they don't opt in, they wait in a long line.

Katherine Darmer>> I think it's a great idea and I think it's just a reality of flying today that we know that we're going to be subject to more scrutiny. To expedite things, I'd certainly be willing to give up whatever it is, thumbprint, DNA.

David Lehrer>> Steve, are you ready to get on the slippery slope?

Stephen Rohde>> I'm very worried when we start down a national ID card. First of all, if it applies to everyone, that's a step forward. But if you get it to being voluntary or optional, what kind of suspicion will it pass to the person who, as a matter of principle, does not want to have the ID card? How hackable is the system that produces the cards? What's going to be done with the information once you get it?

If a system would pass all of those tests, then I think it may be a remedy. But I do not want us rushing in in light of all these technological failures of Diebold Voting Systems and electronic voting. We shouldn't look to a new technology as the be all and end all solution.

Katherine Darmer>> But that's what the individuals decide. I mean, I may be willing to recognize the risk if the government's going to mine some additional data about me and have my thumbprint on file. I mean, it already is because I passed the Bar exam, so who cares? I mean, why not just --

Stephen Rohde>> -- who cares reminds me of people who invoke the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination and other people say, "Well, I don't have anything to hide." So if you invoke your Constitutional rights, you must have something to hide.

Dave Lehrer>> Why would you object if it's voluntary? I don't quite get that.

Stephen Rohde>> Because if it was a system across the board, it avoids the selectivity. Voluntary means that civil libertarians and others may, as a matter of principle, choose not to get the card.

Katherine Darmer>> But again, I think that's your decision.

Stephen Rohde>> I know it is, but what's the consequence then in a society among people not trained in the law when they see someone who doesn't have the ID card? Is that going to become --

David Lehrer>> -- if it's an ID card designed for ports of entry, airports or otherwise. It wouldn't be one where police could stop you willy-nilly and say, "Show me your ID card." This is not, you know, the Gestapo in 1938.

Stephen Rohde>> But we've had false IDs in the past. Why do you have any reason to believe that this magical ID card is going to be free from falsification as well the others?

Katherine Darmer>> Well, I think there are ways to make it more failsafe than IDs in the past by, for example, requiring some kind of either DNA component or a fingerprint or something that can be encoded so that you can really verify a person's identity. I think the technology would be there now to do that.

My point is that people who are willing to give up a little bit of privacy for the benefit of going more quickly through the airport, I just frankly don't even see that that's a libertarian problem. You know, if somebody wants to give up their privacy in order to make their life a little more convenient, it seems to me that's just recognizing individual choice.

David Lehrer>> Aren't we really giving up our privacy every day with the amount of information that private firms, TRW and the like have about us? They know where we go to eat. They know where we travel. They know what hotels we stay at. They probably know who we take out on dates.

Stephen Rohde>> Well, I don't know who you're dating, David, but there's a fundamental difference between what private companies are doing, because we've signed an agreement with our credit card company, and what government is doing. The Bill of Rights is all about government. I'm on the side of putting my thumb to assure that these wonderful solutions don't violate civil rights.

David Lehrer>> I just got a call from the government. We have to end this conversation, but thank you both very much.

Katherine Darmer>> Thank you very much.

Stephen Rohde>> Thank you, David.

 

 
   
 
 
   

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