As the sharia-compliant Obama Regime prepares to announce new curbs on racial/religious profiling by federal law enforcement, government officials said some officers and agents at the Department of Homeland Security will still be allowed to use the controversial practice, while they screen airline passengers and guard the country’s borders.
Washington Post Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was expected early next week to detail long-awaited revisions in the Justice Department’s rules for racial profiling, banning it from national security cases for the first time. The changes will also expand the definition of profiling to prevent FBI agents from considering factors such as religion and national origin when opening cases, officials said.
But after sharp disagreements among top officials, the administration will exempt a broad swath of DHS, namely the Transportation Security Administration and key parts of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, according to law enforcement officials.
President George W. Bush banned racial profiling in 2003, but the prohibition did not apply to national security investigations and covered only race — not religion, national origin or sexual orientation. All of those categories will be covered under the new policy, which will be required for Justice Department agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and will be considered guidance for local police, officials said.
But even as the administration imposes what officials called historic limits on profiling practices, it is also set to allow the FBI to continue the policy of “mapping” — under which demographic data about particular ethnic groups is used to designate a particular neighborhood for possible investigations and to recruit informants. This exception could raise the ire, for instance, of American Muslims, who have had a contentious relationship with law enforcement since the 9/11 attacks.
DHS officials pushed the White House and Justice Department to allow major exclusions for prominent DHS agencies such as the TSA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection, officials said. CBP, for instance, will still be allowed to use racial/religious profiling when conducting inspections at the country’s “ports of entry” and interdictions of travelers at the border, officials said.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson made the case in a series of high-level meetings, arguing that while his department did not condone profiling, immigration and customs agents and airport screeners needed to consider a variety of factors to keep the nation safe, according to officials familiar with his personal efforts. TSA officials, meanwhile, argued that they should not be covered by the new limits on the grounds that the TSA is not a law enforcement agency.