Jan 16 2014
Eric Holder’s Department of ‘Jihadi’ Justice now prohibits federal agents from considering religion, ethnicity, and national origin in their investigations
In other words, violent quranic teachings preached in mosques and the Islamic call to wage jihad will no longer be considered motives for Muslim terrorist attacks. Terror-linked CAIR thugs seen popping non-alcoholic champagne bottles at this news about the good return on their investment in the Obama Regime.
NY Times The move addresses a decade of criticism from Muslim civil rights groups (CAIR) that say federal authorities have in particular singled out Muslims in counterterrorism investigations. The Bush administration banned profiling in 2003, but with two caveats: It did not apply to national security cases, and it covered only race, not religion, ancestry or other factors.
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,” Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, said in 2012.
President George W. Bush said in 2001 that racial profiling was wrong and promised “to end it in America.” But that was before the Muslim terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. After those attacks, federal agents arrested and detained dozens of Muslim men. The government also began a program known as special registration, which required tens of thousands of Arab and Muslim men to register with the authorities because of their nationalities.
It is not clear whether Mr. Holder also intends to make the rules apply to national security investigations, which would further respond to complaints from Muslim groups. “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.
The Justice Department has been reviewing the rules for several years and has not publicly signaled how it might change them. Mr. Holder disclosed his plans in a meeting on Wednesday with Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, according to an official briefed on the meeting who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the conversation was private.
Mr. de Blasio (Muslim sympathizer) was elected in November after running a campaign in which he heavily criticized the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk tactic, which overwhelmingly targets minorities and which a federal judge declared unconstitutional. The mayor and attorney general did not discuss when the rule change would be announced, the official said.
A senior Democratic congressional aide, however, said the Obama administration had indicated an announcement was “imminent.”
The Justice Department would not confirm the new rules on Wednesday night but released a short statement saying that the mayor and the attorney general discussed “preventing crime while protecting Muslim civil rights and civil liberties.”
In the past, Mr. Holder has spoken out forcefully against profiling. “Racial profiling is wrong,” he said in a 2010 speech. “It can leave a lasting scar on communities and individuals. And it is, quite simply, bad policing — whatever city, whatever state.”
As written, the Justice Department’s rules prohibit federal agents from using race/religion as a factor in their investigations unless there is specific, credible information that makes race relevant to a case.
For example, narcotics investigators may not increase traffic stops in minority neighborhoods on the belief that some minorities are more likely to sell drugs. They can, however, rely on information from witnesses who use race in their descriptions of suspects. The rules cover federal law enforcement agencies such as the F.B.I. They do not cover local or state police departments.
That is significant because Muslim groups have sued the New York Police Department over surveillance programs that mapped Muslim neighborhoods, photographed their businesses and built files on where they eat, shop and pray.
Mr. Holder’s comments about the new racial profiling rules came up in a conversation about that topic, the official said. William J. Bratton, the city’s new police commissioner, has said he will review those practices.