Federal Agencies Get Racial Profiling Ban

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A new Justice Department directive bans routine racial and ethnic profiling at all 70 federal agencies with law enforcement powers, but critics say exceptions could still permit profiling. The guidelines were issued Tuesday and affect, among other agencies, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Coast Guard. The rules do not apply to local and state law enforcement agencies. The directive permits federal authorities to subject certain ethnic and racial groups to greater scrutiny if there is specific information about people of that group preparing to mount a terrorist attack.

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