A representative for another group was able to reach a conclusion much more quickly. "Definitely this is not related to terrorism," said Ahmed Bedier of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The driver and passenger who were pulled over may just be a couple of daft young men. On the other hand, repeating from a previous post, here's what South Carolina police had to deal with:
- A speeding car
- Near a military base with a connection to foreign combatants
- Two men of military age
- A laptop they tried to hide
- An explosive device
- The men can't say why they are there
- The men can't say where they're going
Hasty accusations of racial profiling do happen. Before information about the pipe bombs was released, the executive director of a civil rights organization for Muslims in Tampa criticized the arrest as racial profiling.
To be fair, Ahmed Bedier has acknowledged that "If it's clearly a pipe bomb that's a different story. Then there is cause for concern," which sounds reasonable. On the other hand, I haven't seen that he's withdrawn his charge of racial profiling. Certainly not in his blog.