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Profiling has its place.
By A. M. Johnson


November 23, 2010
Tuesday PM

As it relates to our current National airport TSA situation... "Once upon a time in the early days of our Western Territory development, a young Eastern newspaper reporter ventured west to witness and report on daily events. Stepping down from the stagecoach in a Western town, he witnessed the crowd gathering around a newly constructed gallows. Inquiring, he found that there was to be a hanging of a young horse thief. Horrified, he witnessed this act and was distraught. Several days following the hanging, it was discovered that the wrong man had been hung.

Seeking out and inquiring of the Sheriff of this tragic mistake, the sheriff responded. "Yes, the wrong man was hung, however, knowing the character of the fellow and those of the crowd he traveled with, he surely would have stolen a horse in the future."

So- Profiling has its place. Just saying,

A. M. Johnson
Ketchikan, AK


Received November 22 , 2010 - Published November 23, 2010



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