According to the Associated Press, the Justice Department is ensuring that the FBI can meet the greatest threats that affect our country today: terrorism and national security. They plan to do so by allowing federal law enforcement officers to officially use race or ethnicity in considering potential suspects. It’s a plan that seems to inevitably single out Muslims, Arabs and other racial and ethnic groups. The primary guideline is that FBI investigators must wait on the Justice Department to give them the go. Not surprisingly, critics are speaking out against the new rule claiming the FBI will now be able to start legally investigating innocent people. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and FBI Director Robert Mueller, however, issued a joint statement assuring people that they are confident in the new guidelines.
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