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U.S. to Expand Rules Limiting Use of Profiling by Federal Agents
New York Times ^ | 1/15/14 | MATT APUZZO

Posted on 01/15/2014 6:23:41 PM PST by Jean S

The Justice Department will significantly expand its definition of racial profiling to prohibit federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations, a government official said Wednesday.

The move addresses a decade of criticism from civil rights groups that say federal authorities have in particular singled out Muslims in counterterrorism investigations and Latinos for immigration investigations.

The Bush administration banned profiling in 2003, but with two caveats: It did not apply to national security cases, and it covered only race, not religion, ancestry or other factors.

Since taking office, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has been under pressure from Democrats in Congress to eliminate those provisions. “These exceptions are a license to profile American Muslims and Hispanic-Americans,” Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, said in 2012.

President George W. Bush said in 2001 that racial profiling was wrong and promised “to end it in America.” But that was before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. After those attacks, federal agents arrested and detained dozens of Muslim men who had no ties to terrorism. The government also began a program known as special registration, which required tens of thousands of Arab and Muslim men to register with the authorities because of their nationalities.

“Putting an end to this practice not only comports with the Constitution, it would put real teeth to the F.B.I’s claims that it wants better relationships with religious minorities,” said Hina Shamsi, a national security lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: holder; profiling

1 posted on 01/15/2014 6:23:42 PM PST by Jean S
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To: Jean S

Just...stupid.


2 posted on 01/15/2014 6:25:50 PM PST by moovova
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To: Jean S

But profiling TEA Party folks or anyone else with a conservative bent is perfectly OK.


3 posted on 01/15/2014 6:28:01 PM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Jean S

Profiling Muslims for terrorism and Latinos for immigration? The nerve!


4 posted on 01/15/2014 6:30:03 PM PST by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Jean S

Hey, I know. Let’s stop spending ANY money on ANY investigations. Because somewhere, somehow, SOMEone will be offended that he/she was investigated.


5 posted on 01/15/2014 6:34:11 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Jean S

“The move addresses a decade of criticism from civil rights groups that say federal authorities have in particular singled out Muslims in counterterrorism investigations and Latinos for immigration investigations”

I have never understood why they do that. Its so wrong. We all know the Swedes blew up the Twin Towers and are pouring across our southern borders. :=)


6 posted on 01/15/2014 6:40:38 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Jean S

Better yet, prohibit profiling for everybody but whites.


7 posted on 01/15/2014 6:41:23 PM PST by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: Jean S

The Just Us Dept is trying its best to incite a race war so Ohomo can declare martial law.


8 posted on 01/15/2014 7:17:23 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Jean S

So I guess when the FBI profilers are looking for serial rapist-killers, they should ignore men, and look at more women, as they are the majority.


9 posted on 01/15/2014 7:34:56 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Jean S

So this means Christians and Tea Partiers will no longer be profiled?


10 posted on 01/15/2014 7:38:23 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: Excellence

srbfl


11 posted on 01/16/2014 4:45:08 AM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: Jean S

Let’s stop profiling criminals while we’re at it.


12 posted on 01/16/2014 5:58:59 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: Jean S; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; Travis McGee; ...

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

13 posted on 01/16/2014 8:20:59 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: null and void
We are so screwed.

HEY! That's MY line. :)

14 posted on 01/16/2014 8:28:28 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Jean S
I spent 25 years as an immigration officer. Almost every investigation or enforcement action I took was based solely on someones NATIONAL ORIGEN.

That is the hole point and the basis for action. Its is the most fundamental element of immigration enforcement.

I have no idea how any officer could do his job and not violate this policy.

Which I believe is the entire point of the policy change.

15 posted on 01/16/2014 8:36:28 AM PST by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
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To: Jean S

Profile no one. Spy on everyone.


16 posted on 01/16/2014 8:39:07 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Jean S
And another thing:

After those attacks, federal agents arrested and detained dozens of Muslim men who had no ties to terrorism.

FOR IMMIGTATION VIOLATIONS YOU IDOTS.

More sins of omissions from the NYT.

17 posted on 01/16/2014 8:46:17 AM PST by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
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To: null and void

They will only profile conservatives


18 posted on 01/16/2014 9:20:52 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster

The Amish can breathe a sigh of relief.


19 posted on 01/16/2014 11:20:42 AM PST by pogeybait
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To: umgud

Better yet, prohibit profiling for everybody but whites.

That’s pretty much what this means.


20 posted on 01/16/2014 12:56:57 PM PST by 43north (I could never be a liberal because I can't get my head far enough up my arse.)
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To: Jean S

It seems more and more I’m having to check to see if the article is satire.


21 posted on 01/16/2014 7:22:38 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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