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Bush Issues Federal Ban on Racial Profiling

President Bush issued guidelines today barring federal agents from using race or ethnicity in their routine investigations, but the policy carves out clear exemptions for investigations involving terrorism and national security matters. The new policy, representing the first time that the federal government has imposed across the board guidelines on racial profiling, governs the conduct of 70 federal law enforcement agencies. A narcotics agent, for instance, cannot focus on a specific neighborhood simply because of its racial makeup, the policy states. In national security operations, however, the policy allows agents to use race and ethnicity in “narrow” circumstances to help “identify terrorist threats and stop potential catastrophic attacks,” officials said. Full Story

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