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FBI Considers Racial Profiling

Posted on Jul 3, 2008

If new rule changes go through, the FBI will be allowed to open national security investigations without evidence of wrongdoing. Instead, the agency could pursue cases based on profiles of Americans it deems likelier to commit crimes such as terrorism. The policy would be in keeping with the Bush administration’s dragnet, fact-phobic approach to terrorism; the president himself has been critical of profiling.

AP via The Los Angeles Times:

Although President Bush has disavowed targeting suspects based on race or ethnicity, the new rules would allow the FBI to consider those factors among a number of traits that could trigger a national security investigation.

Currently, FBI agents need specific reasons—such as evidence or allegations that a law probably has been violated—to investigate U.S. 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.

Factors that could make someone the subject of an investigation include travel to regions of the world known for terrorist activity, access to weapons or military training and the person’s race or ethnicity.

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By targitted, July 6, 2008 at 5:55 pm Link to this comment
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This is what COINTELPRO light looks like today:

Don’t have anything to hide? Well, we could start with your wife’s country of birth, comrade, and then make insinuations about your loyalties and then follow you around while the 19 hijackers stage right under our noses. You know comrade, you really offend our delicate sensibilities ... see what you made us do!

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By Blackspeare, July 6, 2008 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment

What else is new?!  Racial, ethnic, and political profiling has been used for a long time now——it’s kept just beneath the surface.  Whenever they perform physical/ID searches on individuals, for everyone selected through profiling another is selected randomly to give the appearance of a non-prejudicial activity.  And what do you know——it does work——that’s why the little old white haired grandma is selected.  Not only does it make the authorities look unbiased, but it gives the the senior citizen something to talk about!

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By felicity, July 6, 2008 at 11:45 am Link to this comment

During a similar period of American paranoia, the ‘50’s, my Russian-born, American citizen step-father had the files in his law office searched by the FBI.  His offense?  He subscribed to a Russian language, American-owned newspaper. 

After the search he informed the agents that were America to become a police-state, ala the Soviet Union, FBI agents could be assured a job under the new regime.

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By Purple Girl, July 6, 2008 at 5:44 am Link to this comment

Will Georgie do anything about this Profile he’s against- No- Traitor using the Presidential Seal as a shield.Bet Cheney’s got a hard on for this too!
Those in Congress,SCOTUS,FBI,CIA… who don’t want to stand Trial with them had better get off their asses and start singing or start voting on the Impeachment Articles!

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By Louise, July 6, 2008 at 5:06 am Link to this comment

“We don’t know what we don’t know. And the object is to cut down on that”


Wow. That’s a good reason to snoop! Not knowing what we don’t know kinda defines us all, eh? Like we don’t know that we don’t know what the FBI has already done. Like we don’t know that we don’t know that our government is not being guided by us. Like we don’t know that we don’t know how corrupt and spineless congress has become. Not that it matters, ‘cause we just learned [from this article] that congress has no control over whether or not the FBI can expand the principle of “abuse of power.” You know, that principle that has been elevated as most important by our “conservative” government.

So at least now, we know something we didn’t know, we didn’t know. Right?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation ... investigating new ways to investigate. Or could we call this trying to justify a reason to exist?

Kinda like saying we know bad stuff will happen, but we don’t know what we don’t know, so we don’t know who, what, where, why or when, so lets speed up the process and identify “maybe” who’s, what’s, where’s, why’s and when’s and punish for the crime before the crime we don’t know we don’t know about, happens.

Yeh, in the world of all things conservative that makes sense.

Next thing you know, they’ll be targeting moms who don’t hang crosses ‘round their kiddies necks. After all, what kiddies don’t know they don’t know could hurt them, [them being the knuckleheads who run this place] right?

Or something like that ... not sure ... ‘cause I don’t know what I don’t know. smile

Government of the Looney Tunes, by the Looney Toons for the Looney Toons. [And here I thought J.Edgar Hoover was dead.]

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By AT, July 6, 2008 at 5:01 am Link to this comment
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Since when the FBI need any cause to trigger an investigation? When the Republican operative John Negroponte was running the show, he brought a lot to the table: his bona fide is exceptional. As a young man he was a CIA liason rumored to be involved in the Phoenix program, in Nicaragua, he was running Death Squad. after the scandal at World Bank, Bush promoted him to Ambassador some where (Costa Rica?)

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