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Profiling and Palin's trip to Ft. Hood

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Sarah Palin released the second leg of her "Going Rogue" book tour yesterday, including a stop in Fort Hood.

"I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in every stop on the tour, but I'm especially looking forward to meeting our brave men and women in uniform at Fort Hood," Palin said on her Facebook page. "I'm joining the efforts of many others by donating my royalties from the book sales during our stop at Fort Hood to the families of the victims whose lives have been forever changed by the tragic events of November 5th. I am humbled to be able to join the larger effort called 'Community Response to 11/5,' which was established by the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the US Army (AUSA)."

Yesterday, Palin said, "I think that there were massive warning flags that were missed all over the place and I think that it was quite unfortunate that, to me, it was a fear of being politically incorrect to not -- I am going to use the word -- profile this guy -- profile in the sense of finding out what his radical beliefs were. … Now, because I used the word 'profile' I am going to get clobbered tomorrow morning. The liberals, their heads are just going to be spinning. They're going to say 'she is radical, she is extreme.' "

Palin did not specify what she meant by "profile," widely and generally believed to be a reference to focusing on groups of people by race, religion or otherwise. There certainly was seemingly enough evidence that Army Major Nadal Hasan was not a competent psychiatrist without "profiling" him. But, NPR reported, that Hasan's religion may have been a factor in him being passed – despite his poor marks. And the FBI has said it was aware of Hasan's communications with a radical Imam prior to the shooting, but deemed them not necessarily evidence of so-called radical views.

Hardly "liberals," Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen gave differing views than Palin on profiling.

"[I]n a nation as diverse as the United States the last thing we need to do is start pointing fingers at each other, particularly when there's no basis in fact for it," Gates said, summarizing the Bush administration's stance on the subject.

Mullen: "My message to all those in uniform, including Muslims in uniform, is how much we appreciate their service, the difference that they make; that the -- I have for my entire career -- the diversity of our force is one of its greatest strengths. And that not unlike what the secretary said, that no one should draw any rapid conclusions. And we need to ensure that we treat everybody fairly -- I mean, before this incident and after this incident, everybody fairly. And there are procedures that exist in all the services to -- to look our people and our programs and evaluate ourselves routinely. And I am sure that leaders are doing that."

The United States has a long and, at points, embarrassing history of profiling -- notably with the sequestering of Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II and more recently with police profiling black drivers.

Fuller Gates/Mullen remarks, as well as the rest of Palin's schedule after the jump:

QUESTION: Sir, what is your advice to, say, an Army family right now going in and out of Fort Hood or another base that is now perhaps looking at their neighbors with suspicion? What are you telling them? What should they be watching?

GATES: Well, I think that -- you know, I remember being on the outside of the government after 9/11 and the cautions that President Bush and others in the government exercised against identifying certain categories of people as -- as potentially suspicious.

And -- and the thrust of their remarks was that in a nation as diverse as the United States the last thing we need to do is start pointing fingers at each other, particularly when there's no basis in fact for it.

So until all the evidence is in, I think that the comments about how we treat each other still ought to apply. And I know this is an issue that's of concern to the services.

MULLEN: I would add to that that it doesn't take this kind of direction to have leaders recognize the challenges that are associated with this. Every base, every unit literally -- leaders have, I think, immediately grabbed this to look within, to, kind of, see where they are, and to look at what -- whether there's potential or not, and to reassure members and families that -- that not only do we take it extremely seriously, we are looking at it, and to really come together in what is -- you know, what was certainly a tragic, tragic incident and a reminder of the times in which we live, and that leaders are, in fact, taking action, literally before this guidance to ensure that it doesn't happen again.

QUESTION: (inaudible) message to the Muslim community in uniform, because they are very -- they're caught by this incident?

MULLEN: My message to all those in uniform, including Muslims in uniform, is how much we appreciate their service, the difference that they make; that the -- I have for my entire career -- the diversity of our force is one of its greatest strengths. And that not unlike what the secretary said, that no one should draw any rapid conclusions. And we need to ensure that we treat everybody fairly -- I mean, before this incident and after this incident, everybody fairly.

And there are procedures that exist in all the services to -- to look our people and our programs and evaluate ourselves routinely. And I am sure that leaders are doing that.

Palin's schedule:

Nov. 30
RICHLAND, WA
TBD

Dec.1
PHOENIX. AZ
Costco
1445 West Elliot
Tempe, AZ 85284
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

ROSWELL, NM
Hastings Books
1705 N. Main Street
Roswell, NM 88201
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dec. 2
SPRINGFIELD, MO
Border's Books & Music
3300 S. Glenstone Avenue
Springfield, MO 65804
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Dec. 3
FAYETTEVILLE, AR
Sam's Club
3081 North Highway 112
Fayetteville, AR 72704
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Hastings Books
2300 West Main Street
Norman, OK 73069
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Dec. 4
DALLAS, TX
Legacy Books
7300 Dallas Parkway
Plano, TX 75024
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

FORT HOOD, TX
AAFES
Main Exchange, Building 50004
Clear Creek Road
Fort Hood, TX 76544
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Dec. 5
FAIRFAX, VA
BJ's
13053 Fair Lakes Shopping Center
Fairfax, VA 22033
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Dec. 6
SIOUX CITY, IA
Barnes & Noble
4400 Sergeant Road
Sioux City, IA 51106
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SIOUX FALLS, SD
Barnes & Noble
3700 West 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Dec. 7
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Barnes & Noble
Mall of America
118 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dec. 8
BILLINGS, MT
Borders Books & Music
2833 King Avenue West
Billings, MT 59102
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Borders Books & Music
1710 Briargate Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Dec. 9
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Costco
1818 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

RENO, NV
Costco
2200 Harvard Way
Reno, NV 89502
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Dec. 10
COEUR D'ALENE, ID
Fred Meyer
560 West Kathleen
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SANDPOINT, ID
TBD

Dec. 11
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