FBI Crime Maps Now ‘Pinpoint’ Average Muslims

Islamic Cultural Center Of New YorkSpencer Ackerman reports on WIRED’s Danger Room:

It started out as a crimefighting tool. But over the years, an FBI effort known as “geo-mapping” evolved into something more expansive — a method to track Muslim communities, without any suspicion of a crime being committed.

Last month, Danger Room revealed that the FBI was training its agents that religious Muslims tended to be “violent” and that Islamic charity is merely a “funding mechanism for combat.” In response, both the FBI and the Justice Department promised full reviews of their training materials. But the geo-mapping effort indicates that the FBI may have more than just a training problem: The suspicion of ordinary Muslims promoted in those lectures may be spilling over into its counterterrorism tactics.

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union acquired some of the FBI geo-maps (.pdf), like the one pictured after the jump, through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Although many of the maps are heavily redacted, they represent the first public confirmation that the FBI compiles maps of businesses, community centers and religious institutions in ethnic enclaves around the United States…

More: WIRED’s Danger Room

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  • Anonymous

    It’s disturbing the number of rednecks that think its fine and dandy to profile Muslims but Emperor forbid we profile Christians! 

    They like to shout about Terrorism and Muslims, to this I counter, what about Pedophilia and Christians?

  • Redacted

    It’s disturbing the number of rednecks that think its fine and dandy to profile Muslims but Emperor forbid we profile Christians! 

    They like to shout about Terrorism and Muslims, to this I counter, what about Pedophilia and Christians?

    • Dunzain

      Yeah, wacky Christian doomsday cults are probably a bigger worry than the Muslims.

  • MindAtPlay

    Not to mention christians being responsible for a far larger portion of terrorism in the west.

  • MindAtPlay

    Not to mention christians being responsible for a far larger portion of terrorism in the west.

  • I_abide

    If we profiled every radical Christian group in the US you’d probably crash their system.

  • Anonymous

    If we profiled every radical Christian group in the US you’d probably crash their system.

  • V.

    religion should be occulted this pride they have on something that is ultimately a mystery causes problem. i have my beliefs and the less i share it with non seekers the more power and insight i get from it. 

  • V.

    religion should be occulted this pride they have on something that is ultimately a mystery causes problem. i have my beliefs and the less i share it with non seekers the more power and insight i get from it. 

  • Dunzain

    Yeah, wacky Christian doomsday cults are probably a bigger worry than the Muslims.

  • Tom Jones

    It sounds like a few commenters here have never bothered to learn what is actually written in Islamic scripture. question: can you name the books (other than the Qur’an) that are part of Islam?

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