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The cat is out of the bag.

The American Civil Liberties Union recently revealed that the Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI) has utilized an invasive and secret racial mapping program which gathers intelligence on American communities through bias and stereotypes.

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According to the ACLU, the program profiles Muslims and Arab-Americans in Michigan, African-Americans in Georgia, Chinese and Russian-Americans in California and broad swaths of Latino-American communities in multiple states.

The ACLU National Security Project staff attorney, Nusrat Choudhury, spoke to the Huffington Post about the specifics of the program.

“What we’ve uncovered through over 15,000 documents from 34 states around the country already shows, as you mentioned, that communities of diverse backgrounds — racial, ethnic and religious communities — are being targeted for intelligence collection and investigation, based on nothing more than bias and stereotypes about what communities have a propensity to commit certain crimes,” she told host Ahmed Shahib-Eldin.

Most of these targets in the investigations have recently immigrated to the U.S., according to Rana Abbas, executive director of the Arab-American Civil Rights League in Dearborn, Mich.

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“Being recent immigrants, they’re unfamiliar with the laws of the land that they live in, unfamiliar with the rights that they do have living here in this country, and so that fear just is compounded with that lack of information that they have,” she said. “It translates to this sitting duck syndrome that these individuals have, who have this fear against the very entities that they believe are in place to protect and serve them.”

Do you think the FBI is taking advantage and being discriminative?

SOURCE: Huffington Post

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