The alleged racial and ethnic profiling of subway riders to be searched in New York City and the probability that Benjamin Netanyahu will be the next prime minister of Israel were the main topics on today's News Talk Online on Paltalk.com.
The first half of the show was about a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man whose parents are from south Asia by the New York Civil Liberties Union. The suit alleges that he was profiled and searched 21 times since police began random searches of subway passengers in 2005. The police deny they racially profile.
Cassandra in the United Kingdom says there's too much sensitivity about this issue. "Political correctness," she says, "has gone absolutely berserk. Terrorism is a reality." The searches, she argues, are a "very small price to pay."
Boaz in California wants to know why the ACLU hasn't spoken out on terrorism. The organization, he says, was formed to protect the Constitution. Isn't terrorism, he asks, against the Constitution?
Adele in Texas says she too has been stopped for additional searches before "every single flight I have taken since September 11, 2001" and is isn't offended. "I'd like to know exactly what injuries he's suffered," she asks, "except maybe his feeling's hurt."
But Silvia in Argentina says it's important to be careful to not discriminate when protecting passengers from terrorism. She wants to know how many guilty people or terrorists have been caught through profiling subway passengers.
Sylvia in New York, however, welcomes the searches. "It would be my pleasure," she says, "to have a policeman search me."
Lively from Chicago put her husband on the microphone to talk about his experiences being searched before boarding a plane in Israel. The security there, he says, made him feel "pretty safe to be in that country."
On the issue of Netanyahu being given the go-ahead to try to form a coalition government in Israel, several people commented.
Gary from South Carolina says Netanyahu's tough stance toward terrorists will serve Israel well. "How many rockets are acceptable?" he asked. "Any idiot," he said, answering his own question, "knows that the answer is zero." He says that if Israel eliminates Hamas as Netanyahu wishes, it will be "doing the rest of us a favor."
But Ramin from the UK wonders how tough Netanyahu would truly be with Israel's enemies. "Netanyahu was in power before," he says. "About Iran, he did nothing."