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F.B.I. Tells Offices to Count Local Muslims and Mosques

The F.B.I. is ordering field supervisors to count the number of mosques and Muslims in their areas as part of the antiterrorism effort. Civil rights advocates and Arab-American leaders denounced the survey as a form of racial profiling. Bureau officials said, however, that the results would not be used to establish quotas for investigations. “Any suggestion that the number of mosques in a field division is being used to set investigative goals for that division is wrong,” an assistant director of the bureau, Cassandra Chandler, said in a statement. “The survey, a small part of the F.B.I.’s much larger re-engineering effort, looked at a wide range of demographic and other measures, focused primarily on vulnerabilities, and mosques in the past have been targeted for violence.” Full Story

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