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Justice Department to Ban Profiling by Federal Law Enforcement

September 29, 2014  | 

The Justice Department is expected to issue a broad new policy in the coming two to three weeks banning religious and other forms of profiling by federal law enforcement officers, department sources said Friday, reports the L.A. Times.

The long-awaited policy will not include an exemption for national security investigations, sources said. National security officials and others in the administration concerned about terrorism lobbied hard for such an exemption, according to congressional sources.

The new policy will cover ethnicity and sexual orientation as well as religion. Advocates of the new policy said they were surprised because the debate over the national security exemption had blocked movement for months.

The new policy, though still being finalized, is expected to prohibit federal agents from conducting undercover surveillance of a mosque, for example, without some information that criminal activity is underway. Under the current rules, approved in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, law enforcement agencies were given broad latitude to monitor specific religious groups.

The policy will probably not extend to local law enforcement, as advocated by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.).

Comments (6)

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SGT JJ @ 9/29/2014 4:52 PM

This is felony stupid! If the perpetrator is black or brown, should they be looking for a white guy? Oh for the brain dead politicians. Police work is done by profiling when investigating crimes where suspects are described. Don't tell these idiots that or they will pass a law against investigating.

kevCopAz @ 9/29/2014 4:59 PM

Another reason Im glad I was never a Federal Agent! You notice I didn't use the word LEO since the Federal rules and Federal Atty micro managing makes it impossible for any federal Officer to be a real LEO. (sorry, but true). This is yet another nail in the coffin of the USA taking another tool away due to a few wrong headed, whining Libs who can not prove ANY harm has been done, but they FEEL offended! What a load of crap!. I hope when another bombing ( another Boston?) happens these folks will wise up and quit playing political correctness with our safety!. They need to look at Israel, (the ONLY FREE state in the middle east) with Law Enforcement rules that make sense! I hope the next victims (and there will be more) are all liberal Dems and those that support tiring the hands of Law Enforcement. To HELL with them, hope they remember that they are responsible for the next 911 and not us in Law Enforcement. Yet Im sure we will catch any blame either way.

Tom Ret @ 9/29/2014 6:25 PM

Sometimes it is just prudent to disregard the BS that comes off the lips of Holder and morons like him at the so called justice department. That place really needs to be purged of all the brain dead liberals and replaced with
people who have some common sense.

TheRookie @ 9/30/2014 12:38 AM

Absolutely pathetic. This & forbidding Ferguson, MO Officers from wearing wrist bands in support of a fellow officer says volumes. The current DOJ will attempt more take-overs of civilian L.E. Agencies. This anti-cop POTUS & DOJ will get many more L.E.O's. hurt by their actions surrounded by their hate of cops. Hard times to be out there on the streets. Hang in there Men/Women in Uniform.

plato's playdough @ 9/30/2014 2:47 AM

It actually makes perfect sense.

If you will reference another PoliceMag Article and comments there, at

Sharon @ 9/30/2014 6:22 AM

This comes to no surprise to me. Everything this administration does is anti- American, anti-law, anti-human, etc. All you have to do is imagine what could be next and like magic the next idiotic idea appears before our eyes. I did this technique when the Clintongs were in office as well and it gave me no surprises. Gosh...I'm bored.

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