WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (KUNA) -- Executives of the Arab American Institute
(AAI), American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the Muslim Public
Affairs Council (MPAC) met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday to
discuss issues of concern to the Arab American and Muslim communities, the AAI
announced on Tuesday.
The officials spoke with Holder about several controversial policies
developed under the 2003 Department of Justice Guidance on Profiling, which
include several loopholes allowing for widespread profiling based on race,
ethnicity, religion and national origin, the AAI said.
Among the topics discussed were the 2008 Investigative Operational
Guidelines, disclosures in the 2010 Inspector General Report on Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) data collection of identified "communities of interest,
" the use of informants in terrorism cases, and the National Security
Entry-Exit Registration System, and PATRIOT Act reauthorization.
The officials stressed the importance of continued dialogue and additional
efforts to promote partnerships between local communities and law enforcement,
according to the AAI.
"It is the national security loophole in the 2003 Attorney General
guidelines on profiling that has provided the legal cover for many of the
policies put in place during the previous administration, including the
round-ups of thousands of Arab and Muslim immigrants targeted for 'special
registration' and the 2008 Mukasey guidelines for the FBI," said AAI President
James Zogby, referring to former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who
served during the final years of the George W. Bush administration. "As has
been repeatedly demonstrated, profiling is ineffective, wastes precious law
enforcement resources and alienates American communities eager to assist in
keeping our country safe and secure." (end)
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