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jbouder
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I don't think it is fair to minimize the usefulness of criminal profiling.  One of the challenges faced by investigators is information overload ... reducing the so called "suspect pools" (if done competently) should help investigators solve crimes in shorter time.

I'm not saying that current practices are as good as they could be (sound practice would certainly rule out handedness or height as irrelevent) or that someone "fitting the profile" should excuse us from recognzing their rights to due process, only that criminal profiling can be a useful tool in finding what we are looking for more efficiently.

Jim

P.S. I'm surprised nobody mentioned the incident at Daegu.
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26 posted 02-21-2003 09:10 PM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

Uh, why Daegu?

The way it's playing here is that it is yet one more example of government and business incompetence.

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If witnesses of a crime describe the suspect as a blonde, blue-eyed, six-foot tall norwegian woman it would be silly to bring in four-foot tall black men to stand in a line-up for I.D.

To the extent that known terrorists have a profile law enforcement officials have to be on the lookout for that profile.  It would be irresponsible if not inept not to do so.

However, if terrorists know that law enforcement and security personell are searching for a specific profile a bottle of Miss Clairol and some baby blue contact lenses can turn Mullah into a Ken doll in a matter of minutes.  It would be foolish of terrorist not to disguise themselves.

It is also foolish not to profile Timothy McVeigh types, or the American Taliban John Walker Lindh.

In short -- profiles work.  In short -- profiles don't work.  The only effective security is total vigilance and random, thorough checks at entry points.
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LR:

I agree with you.  Profiles are not the answer ... they are merely a tool.

Brad:

I suppose I mentioned Daegu because it was preventable on many different levels, some of which could conceivably encroach over the line of what would generally be acceptable in an open society.

Jim
 
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