Why It’s A Conspiracy I Tell Ya’!!
The accused, dressed casually in jeans or jogging pants and t-shirts, sported traditional Muslim male beards. Most were Canadian citizens or residents.
Police described them as coming from a broad “strata” of society. Some are students, some are employed, some are unemployed. The adults range in age from 19 to 43.
See after noting that all of these guys had the traditional Muslim beards, are all male, the grave sin of the Globe and Mail is to say that they come from a “broad strata” of society. This makes them out to be…well not your typical Muslim terror cell. Never mind that just prior to this the same article notes that these men all had the “traditional Muslim beards” which Malkin herself thought was significant. The same article also notes that the men requested Korans which Malkin also saw as noteworthy.
Frankly, I’m not sure what the outrage is about here. Seems the article that Malkin is decrying has provided almost all the details she seems to think are somehow noteworthy. The idea that they come from a “broad strata” does not have to mean that there are no similarities amongst these men. For example, I could go out and randomly select 10 men and then find similarities, I’d also likely find differences as well.
Malkin also points to a post by Allahpundit over at Hot Air about this supposed “broad strata”, but I see nothing to confirm nor undermine the statement. Allahpundit does have a link entitled, “Poor, uneducated, underprivileged, disenfranchised:“, but the problem is that I haven’t seen anything saying these people were “poor, uneducated, underprivileged nor disenfranchised”. In fact, the term “broad strata” would seem to suggest just the opposite, that some of the people are educated, not poor, privileged and enfranchised.
Allahpundit also has a link to the Counter Terrorism Blog which has an interesting tidbit.
On May 29, CSIS officials testified as to the growth of such “homegrown” terrorists in Canada; Jack Hooper, the CSIS Deputy Director of Operations stated that “We are seeing phenomena in Canada such as the emergence of homegrown, second- and third-generation terrorists” and that “We have cases of white Anglo-Saxon male Protestants converting to the most radical forms of Islam“.
What is interesting is that last bit. It suggests that Malkin’s seeming fixation on the typical Muslim male could be a potential problem, if it is adopted as a general policy. There are Muslims who are not Middle Easterners. In fact, there are people who are of the same ethnic/racial background as Malkin herself (Filipinos from the island Mindanao). Having a policy that focuses on just the Middle Eastern male creates a very serious loop hole in security measures against terrorism. This loop-hole can be easily found by using the “Carnival Booth strategy” where the terrorists send people through security screenings to learn who can and can’t get through. This basically allows the terrorist to learn who to send on a mission. Hence the need for random checks.1 In short, Allahpundit suggests that terrorists could very well be coming from a “broad strata” of society, if not now, maybe in the future.
But, never mind all that, because the Media and Law Enforcement is out on some sort of Evil Social Engineering crusade or something and only Michelle Malkin and her trusty sidekicks can stop them. Or something like that.
1This doesn’t mean a security policy can’t use profiling, just that profiling by itself is potentially vulnerable to being circumvented.