Thursday, July 3, 2008

Profiling Arising from the Ashes? FBI adopting new teror strategy

Civil libertarians and the so-called Muslim "defense" groups are going to have a stroke or heart attack when they read The New York Sun report that the FBI is considering race profiling as it probes terrorist activities.

"Currently, FBI agents need specific reasons — like evidence or allegations that a law probably has been violated — to investigate American citizens and legal residents. The new policy, law enforcement officials told the Associated Press, would let agents open preliminary terrorism investigations after mining public records and intelligence to build a profile of traits that, taken together, were deemed suspicious.

"Among the factors that could make someone subject of an investigation is travel to regions of the world known for terrorist activity, access to weapons or military training, along with the person's race or ethnicity."

It will only be a short while before we hear the reaction, sure to be quite loud, to the FBI's proposal. Time will tell if it will work.

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