Feb 15 2013
The ACLU, along with their Islamist pals at CAIR want to stop a very effective FBI effort known as ‘geo-mapping’ which has evolved into something more expansive — a method to track Muslim communities, where the vast majority of potential terrorists (Muslims) are most likely to be.
HUFFPO The ACLU recently challenged the FBI over a secret racial and ethnic mapping program, which allegedly gathers intelligence on specific American communities. According to the ACLU, the program profiles Muslims and Arab-Americans in Michigan, African-Americans in Georgia, Chinese and Russian-Americans in California and broad swaths of Latino-American communities in multiple states.
“Categorizing information about religious beliefs, practices and otherwise innocent activities as ‘positive intelligence’ could have very serious negative consequences for Muslim groups and their congregants (especially the terrorists),” the ACLU said in a March 27 statement. “FBI agents accessing this information in intelligence files would assume it was relevant to the FBI’s investigative and intelligence mission, casting a cloud of suspicion over the group or individual mentioned and potentially leading to more intensive scrutiny or investigation.” (Isn’t that the idea?)
Nusrat Choudhury (Muslim), a staff attorney at the ACLU National Security Project, spoke about the program in the video below:
“What we’ve uncovered through over 15,000 documents from 34 states around the country already shows, as you mentioned, that communities of diverse backgrounds — racial, ethnic and religious communities — are being targeted for intelligence collection and investigation, based on nothing more than bias and stereotypes about what communities have a propensity to commit certain crimes.”
Rana Abbas, executive director of the Arab-American Civil Rights League in Dearborn, Mich., added that many of the targets of these investigations have recently immigrated to the U.S.
Wired Until Hamas-linked CAIR found out and went to court to stop the FBI from training its agents that religious Muslims tended to be “violent” and that Islamic charity is merely a “funding mechanism for combat,” this program worked splendidly at rooting out Muslim criminals and terrorists.
But the geo-mapping effort indicates that the FBI may have more than just a training problem (problem? Since when is the truth a problem?): The suspicion of ordinary Muslims promoted in those lectures may be spilling over into its counterterrorism tactics.
American Civil Liberties Union acquired some of the FBI geo-maps through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Although many of the maps are heavily redacted, they represent the first public confirmation that the FBI compiles maps of Muslim businesses, community centers and religious institutions in ethnic enclaves around the United States.
The ACLU blasted the mapping effort, and in an interview with the New York Times, FBI agent turned ACLU attorney Mike German tied the maps to the incendiary anti-Islam trainings first revealed by Danger Room. Agents who received the briefings might be “predisposed to treating everyone from a particular group as suspect,” German said. (They ARE!) In response, the FBI issued a nuanced defense of its geo-mapping efforts. An FBI statement said that “just as putting push pins on a map will allow a local police chief to see clearly where the highest crime areas are, combining data that is lawfully collected into one place allows connections to be identified that might otherwise go unnoticed.”
Salam al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, wrote a Los Angeles Times op-ed warning that anti-Muslim efforts like the FBI training manual were a nightmare for counterterrorism. Such training will “undermine the relationship between law enforcement and the Muslim American community.” (I thought the Muslim community was already instructed by CAIR not to talk to the FBI ?)