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FBI Using Biased Counterterrorism Training Materials

WASHINGTON - FBI documents obtained by Wired.com's detail training manuals and graphs depicting Islam as "violent" by comparison to Christianity and Judaism, as also reported on Rachael Maddow last night. Read a brief summary at ACLU.org.

 The ACLU's Mike German, former FBI agent, says:

"Biased police training can only result in biased policing. Seeing the materials FBI agents are being trained with certainly helps explain why we’ve seen so many inappropriate FBI surveillance operations broadly targeting the Muslim-American community, from infiltrating mosques with agents provocateur to racial and ethnic mapping programs. Teaching FBI agents to mistrust their fellow Americans because of their religious beliefs promotes discrimination within the very agency that’s charged with protecting their civil rights. Racial, ethnic and religious prejudice have no place in law enforcement."

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