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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Editorial: Profiling? OK, if you insist

President Bush and I were on the same page on profiling. Now Attorney General Michael Mukasey has me thinking outside the box.

Mere months after 9/11, with anti-Muslim hysteria peaking, Bush called racial profiling "wrong in America." This after one of his Secret Service agents was kept off a commercial flight because he is Arab-American.

Former AG John Ashcroft called racial profiling unconstitutional. Courts agreed, overturning convictions in which defendants showed they were targeted because of race.

Now, under Mukasey's watch, the FBI is considering authorizing racial profiling for national security investigations. In other words, start with ethnicity and religion.[Link]

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