DOJ poised to ban religious profiling

The Obama administration will bar federal law enforcement agencies from considering religion, national origin and other factors in the course of their investigations, The New York Times reports.

Federal agents have been prohibited from racial profiling for a decade. But forthcoming Justice Department regulations will expand the ban significantly, according to the newspaper, which cites a government official familiar with the matter.

“The move addresses a decade of criticism from civil rights groups that say federal authorities have in particular singled out Muslims in counterterrorism investigations and Latinos for immigration investigations,” the Times' Matt Apuzzo writes.

The prohibition on profiling, adopted during the George W. Bush administration does not cover race or ancestry, nor does it apply to national security cases.

The Justice Department regulations reportedly cover religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation – though it is unclear if they would apply to national security investigations.

The full New York Times story is available here.