New information revealed by The Intercept shows that the FBI ‘s policies since 9/11 undermine civil liberties through racial and religious profiling – among other tactics.
The Intercept recently obtained exclusive access to a cache of documents detailing the FBI’s quiet expansion since 9/11 with policies and guidelines that grossly undermine civil liberties.
Perhaps the most jarring revelation from the outlet’s 11-part series is that despite anti-profiling rules, the FBI still targets based on religion and race.
While the bureau updated its policy on racial profiling in March 2013, investigation into its main governing manual, known as the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG) by The Intercept, clearly indicates that factors like race, nationality and ethnicity can be used to investigate someone.
While federal law enforcement has never allowed for such profiling, under the Bush administration, new rules were established to make exceptions for national security and border investigations.
Faiza Patel, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, told The Intercept that it’s so worrying given “the vast reams of public information that are now available about everybody (including, for example, social media posts and travel records obtained through license plate readers) to create detailed portraits of each of us and of entire communities.”