Friday, December 12, 2014

The Feds Release Profiling Restrictions

The Obama administration announced restrictions Monday on racial profiling by federal law enforcement agencies. The rules expand bans based on race and ethnicity to include gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.
The new guidelines, issued by the Justice Department after five years of review, will for the first time apply to national security activities, which were exempted under the initial 2003 policy. But the long-criticized investigative tactic of profiling will still be permitted during screening of commercial airline passengers, border inspections and protective functions initiated by the Secret Service, all overseen by the Department of Homeland Security.
Included in the permitted profiling functions are Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol "activities in the vicinity of the border and ... at ports of entry.''
"Given the unique nature of parts of DHS' mission – most notably in protecting our borders and securing our skies – some DHS activity is not covered by the policy,'' the DHS said in a statement. "This does not mean that officers and agents are free to profile. To the contrary, DHS' existing policies make it categorically clear that profiling is prohibited, while articulating limited circumstances where it is permissible to rely in part on these characteristics, because of the unique nature of border and transportation security as compared to traditional law enforcement.''
The activities of the military, intelligence authorities and diplomatic personnel also are not covered, as they are not considered law enforcement authorities.
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