I read this article and my jaw hit the floor!
The Justice Department is considering letting the FBI investigate Americans without any evidence of wrongdoing, relying instead on a terrorist profile that could single out Muslims, Arabs or other racial and ethnic groups.
Among factors that could make someone subject of an investigation is travel to regions of the world known for terrorist activity, access to weapons or military training, along with the person’s race or ethnicity. Law enforcement officials say the policy would help them find terrorists before they strike.
“We don’t know what we don’t know. And the object is to cut down on that,” said one FBI official.
It might not be the same as making someone wear a yellow star of David, or bringing them to a congressional committee to answer questions about their supposed loyalty but it’s pretty close to that. One only needs to be a Muslim American with a funny sounding name, who owns, legally, a firearm and be the target of an FBI probe. Such a description applies to folks like me and several million others who have done nothing wrong. This hearkens back to the sorry days of American history when people were persecuted because of the ideas they held, the color of their skin and now possibly their religious preference or ethnic origin. As Yogi Berra once said, this is like deja vu all over again.