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Giuliani Tackles Racial Profiling On NBC: Can’t ‘Ignore’ Threat From ‘Distorted Islamic Extremist Ideology’

In the wake of the Boston bombing, the issue of homeland security is once again at the forefront. Meet the Press, too, discussed the issue of security as David Gregory invited his panel to discuss the current approach, the specific case of the Boston bombing, and whether profiling the Muslim community would be an effective tactic.

“We have to recognize we are still in a global war against radical Islamic jihadists,” Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) asserted. “And the president, by his policies and by the words of senior officials in his administration, are removing us from a war footing and putting us back into a law enforcement model.”

Later in the segment, as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) grew defensive in response to Cotton, Gregory noted that “signals of radicalization” were missed in the case of the Boston bombing, eventually going on ask: Do “we need to sacrifice privacy in order to be safer? Is that going to be the immediate lesson from the Boston bombings?”

Former Rep. Jane Harman argued in favor of more camera surveillance — but Gregory quickly moved to the question of racial profiling. ” Is there cooperation in the Muslim community?” he asked. “Or is it greater tracking and monitoring in mosques and in the Muslim community, to detect what was missed here with Tsarnaev, who apparently was challenging his imam and all the rest?”

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani argued that we should go where the evidence takes us. That “profiling is perfectly legal and perfectly legitimate if you’re following leads, if you’re following objective evidence.”

“And reality is,” he added, “unfortunately, a significant number, not all, but a significant number of these attacks come about from this distorted Islamic extremist ideology. So you can’t ignore it. You’ve got to go after it.”

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