Monday, January 20, 2014
AG Holder To Prohibit Federal Agents From Considering Religion, National Origin, Immigration Status In Investigations
Our attorney general is in the process of issuing new 'guidelines' that will make it a lot harder for federal agents to catch Islamist terrorists, illegal aliens and probably foreign espionage agents.
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.[...]
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.…
“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.
“Adding religion and national origin is huge,” said Linda Sarsour, advocacy director for the National Network for Arab American Communities. “But if they don’t close the national security loophole, then it’s really irrelevant.”
Ms. Sarsour said she also hoped that Mr. Holder would declare that surveillance, not just traffic stops and arrests, was prohibited based on religion.
It is huge, and I'll just bet she hopes that all surveillance on jihadi mosques here in America ends. So do a great many Islamists with terrorist attacks or illegal fund raising in mind.
Remember just what a great idea it is when the next Boston Marathon-style bombing takes place. Elections have consequences.