The FBI is using racial mapping investigative programs to spy on you and gather intelligence, according to the ACLU. What’s worse, lawyers for the ACLU have filed a brief questioning the FBI’s secrecy over its spy programs, accusing the agency of using census data in its investigation.
The ACLU reports reports: ”FBI documents we already secured show that the Bureau is profiling some communities for intelligence collection based on false stereotypes that ascribe certain types of crimes to entire minority communities. Targeted groups include 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 suit filed by the ACLU is an effort to learn more about how the FBI’s racial and ethnic program is run, since the organization says it has evidence that the FBI in Michigan sought information on people who were not suspected of committing a crime. The FBI has refused to release any information as it relates to its investigations and has sought to keep all such information private.
The FBI is attempting to hide how it is using census data, but the ACLU maintains that “Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act to help uncover information about government programs – not to let the government claim secrecy over census statistics that are already public.”
Whether or not the FBI’s tactics will eventually be revealed will depend on the court’s decision.