Feds Set to Ban Profiling by Religion, Nationality
But national security loophole may stay open
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2014 3:50 AM CST
Updated Jan 16, 2014 7:00 AM CST
Attorney General Eric Holder has been under pressure from Democrats to end profiling by nationality and religion.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – The Justice Department is poised to ban federal agents from profiling suspects by religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation as well as race, reports the New York Times. Sources say Attorney General Eric Holder, who has condemned profiling in the past, revealed plans to expand the ban on racial profiling during a meeting yesterday with new New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, though there is no word on when the change will actually take effect.

George W. Bush denounced profiling and vowed to "end it in America" in 2001, months before the 9/11 attacks resulted in extensive profiling of Arab and Muslim men. Profiling by race was banned in 2003, but the ban didn't apply to national security cases and it's not clear whether the exception will continue. "Adding religion and national origin is huge," says a spokeswoman for the National Network for Arab American Communities. "But if they don’t close the national security loophole, then it’s really irrelevant."

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Jan 19, 2014 5:07 PM CST
Eric Holder should be profiled as a terrorist, he sold guns to the mexican drug cartel, which resulted in deaths of hundreds of innocent mexican nationals and our Border Patrol Agent. When is the Obummer administration ever going to investigate this? Oh, I see, never!
Jan 16, 2014 3:15 PM CST
The only way to phase out profiling is for ALL races to stop committing stereotype crimes, all people stop being even slightly racist, all men have to stop sexualizing women, all women have to stop hating men, all religions have to become tolerant of each other as well as the indifferent, all atheists have to accept religions and the world accept them in return...you see where Im going with this? It's not fricking possible, therefore lets just outlaw it? You cant make someone feel a way they dont naturally. Not everyone in this world is meant to mix with everyone else. It's high time we accept that fact and just go about our lives ignoring the ones that we dont get along with. the question is always jokingly asked "why cant we all just get along?" and the answer is simple...learn your history. that's why.
Jan 16, 2014 1:52 PM CST
From what I can tell profiling has been totally ineffective. Why continue with a discriminatory practice if it has no measurable benefit?