Last week, Jonathan Hoenig was on the Fox News "Cashin' In" panel that called for aggressive profiling of Muslims to thwart terror plots — the panel that kicked off with the host chanting "profile, profile, profile" — and Hoenig said some pretty stern stuff.
On Saturday, he apologized.
In particular, Hoenig apologized for his remarks about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, remarks which he said were "unfortunately misinterpreted."
“My point was to illustrate that profiling potential threats based on ideology could be a needed safeguard," Hoenig said Saturday, "and in the context of wartime, I believe being able to identify an enemy’s ideology, and be on the alert for it, is the first step to actually achieving peace.”
For reference, here's what Hoenig said a week ago:
We should have been profiling on September 12, 2001. Let’s take a trip down memory lane here: The last war this country won, we put Japanese-Americans in internment camps, we dropped nuclear bombs on residential city centers. So, yes, profiling would be at least a good start. It’s not on skin color, however, it’s on ideology: Muslim, Islamists, jihadist. That’s a good start but it’s only a start. We need to stop giving Korans to Gitmo prisoners, we need to stop having Ramadan and Iftar celebrations in the White House. We need to stop saying the enemy is not Islamic. They are.
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