The U.S. Justice Department is expected to issue a new policy that will ban religious and other forms of profiling by federal law enforcement officers.
policy will not include an exemption for national security investigation, according to sources.
From Los Angeles Times:
National security officials and others in the administration concerned about terrorism lobbied hard for such an exemption, according to congressional sources.
The president will make the case that the work of the attorney general is so important that the United States Senate should act promptly … to confirm his nominee.- Josh Earnest, White House spokesman. The new policy will cover ethnicity and sexual orientation as well as religion. Advocates of the new policy said they were surprised because the debate over the national security exemption had blocked movement for months.
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Atty. Gen Erick Holder, who announced his departure from the White House on Thursday, had been on the verge of making the new policy public months ago, but was put on hold days before the intended announcement.
The new policy still needs to be finalized. It is expected to prohibit federal agents from conducting undercover surveillance of a mosque, for example, without having information that criminal activity is underway.
The current rules, approved after the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, allow law enforcement agencies to monitor specific religious groups with little restriction.