The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the FBI for allegedly using unconstitutional practices to gain information about certain racial and ethnic groups.
Specifically, the ACLU is looking into the FBI’s use of the Domestic Intelligence Operations Guide, which they believe may have been used to investigate people and businesses in Michigan considered "ethnic oriented," writes a Michigan public radio station. Muslims and immigrants are alleged to have been the target of the unconstitutional investigations.
"When you presume that because of someone's race or ethnicity that they are inherently criminal or inherently prone to engage in criminal activity, and therefore subject to special surveillance or harassment or arrest, then you have violated their rights," says Mark Fancher, an attorney with the ACLU.
If any unconstitutional practices are uncovered, Fancher says the FBI could face further lawsuits in the future.
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