April 18, 2012
The Senate Judiciary Committee hosted a hearing on racial profiling in the U.S. today, marking the first time the legislative body held an official forum on the issue since before the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
Two panels testified before a subcommittee responsible for civil rights matters; one was comprised of current members of Congress representing minority communities. The second group was made up of current and former law enforcement officials, and civil liberties professionals. Each tried to address a broad range of profiling issues, ranging from illegal immigration to the surveillance of Muslim communities in the name of anti-terror efforts.
During an address before Congress in February 2001, then-President George W. Bush told the chambers that racial profiling was “wrong and we will end it in America.”
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