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'''Profiling''' is a technique used in [[law enforcement]] to help narrow the field of potential [[criminal]] suspects. Investigators compile a list of characteristics (a "profile") likely to be descriptive of a crime's perpetrator, and then alter the focus of an investigation accordingly. A simple example of profiling would be [[airport]] security personnel looking for nervous individuals wearing bulky clothes and subjecting them to more thorough searches, since people who carry dangerous devices are more likely to fit that description. However, profiling can be extended to include complex information about behaviors, tendencies, and psychological characteristics in addition to physical identifiers.
== Mental Profiling ==
Experts in [[psychology]] and [[psychiatry]] are occasionally called upon to generate mental profiles of criminals. Such profiles are usually reserved for high-profile cases, repeat offenders, or particularly heinous offenses, as in cases involving [[serial killer]]s.
== Racial Profiling ==
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The use of [[race]] as a profiling characteristic is controversial due to critics, mostly [[liberal]]s, objecting due to concerns over [[discrimination]] and reinforcement of negative racial [[stereotype]]s.
== Liberal Profiling ==
Profiling may be used to identify liberals by their characteristics. For instance, someone who actively engages in [[deceit]], [[evolutionist style|questionable science]], [[:Image:Hitler_and_Darwin.jpg|absurdities]], [[liberal hysteria|hysteria]], [[liberal tricks|dubious methodology]], [[logic]], and embraces the values of [[Hollywood values|Hollywood]] and [[Professor values|academia]] is overwhelmingly likely to be liberal.