June 18, 2009

P.C. "disparate impact" theory affects national security

We already knew this, especially if you've ever been through an airport security check; now comes word from the UK that in order to appear "non-discriminatory," police are conducting anti-terror searches on folks that obviously aren't suspects in any way -- just to "balance the books" (h/t to The Corner):

Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of anti-terrorism laws, said he knew of cases where suspects were stopped by officers even though there was no evidence against them.

He warned that police were wasting money by carrying out "self-evidently unmerited searches" which were an invasion of civil liberties and "almost certainly unlawful".

Lord Carlile, a Liberal Democrat peer and QC, condemned the wrongful use of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in his annual report on anti-terror laws.

He said police were carrying out the searches on people they had no basis for suspecting so they could avoid accusations of prejudice.

As the terror threat against Britain is largely from Islamist extremists, the figures show disproportionately more Muslims and therefore more Asians being searched than whites.

But the peer said police should stop trying to balance the figures, and it may be that an "ethnic imbalance" is a "proportional consequence" of policing.

Roger Clegg discusses the consequences of such "quotas" and their effects on US policing here. Past recent scribblings on the idiocy that is "disparate impact."

Posted by Hube at June 18, 2009 11:20 AM | TrackBack

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It was only two years ago that Pelosi and Conyers sponsored a bill that would have allowed Muslims to sue if they could show that police were disparitely searching them. It arose about the same time as the CAIR funded lawsuit against the airline for kicking four imams off of a plane. I have heard nothing about either since.

Posted by: GW at June 19, 2009 04:40 PM