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American Thinker ^ | 07/05/2013 | Noel S. Williams

Posted on 07/05/2013 7:50:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

One reason Congress isn't popular is because it reeks of hypocrisy...and Jim McDermott stinks.

Though we might disagree on issues, voters generally respect politicians who take principled stands. McDermott seems to be principled, but on the issue of profiling, the emperor of Washington's 7th Congressional District has no clothes.

McDermott requested that the FBI's "Faces of Global Terrorism" posters be removed from Seattle buses, arguing that they could cause racial and religious profiling. The "faces" were of known terrorists from regions as disparate as the U.S., the Philippines, Malaysia, Africa, and Chechnya.

One could argue McDermott's point while respecting his position. But what deserves ridicule is his selective condemnation of profiling practices. Indeed, where proven that it actually led to disparate treatment, such as the IRS's diabolical use of so-called "Be on the Lookout" (BOLO) lists, the eccentric liberal goes all wobbly.

Let's see how McDermott wobbled when the reality of profiling rudely confronted his illiberal sensibilities.

Leaders from across the political spectrum expressed concern over IRS tactics to profile political groups seeking tax-exempt status. Concern escalated to condemnation from liberals and conservatives when it became apparent that the IRS then targeted groups who fit a specific profile.

McDermott didn't join the righteous chorus; rather, he was shrieking off-key when he taunted victims of IRS targeting at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on June 5. Teetering on the edge of Machiavellian trickery, he downplayed the disparate treatment of groups who sought tax-exempt status. Here is just one of his bewildering statements to confounded victims of the IRS:

"I get the feeling that many of you, and my Republican colleagues, just don't believe that you should be free from any political targeting, but that you should be free from scrutiny at all."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: profile; profiling; terrorism; terrorists

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