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Rights groups want White House framework banning monitoring of Muslims
by Julian Hattem
More than two dozen civil liberties and human rights groups on Friday pressed the White House to make sure anti-terrorism efforts don't infringe on people's ability to freely practice their religion in peace.
Especially given the "current climate of scapegoating and anti-Muslim bigotry," the groups wrote, the Obama administration should be sure to implement policies making it difficult for a future president to use current policies to monitor Muslims.
"It is all too easy to imagine a subsequent administration seizing on CVE [countering violent extremism] programs that are now in development as vehicles for systematic and large-scale profiling, patrolling and surveillance of American Muslim and communities presumed to be Muslim," the 27 organizations wrote in the letter to White House counterterrorism adviser Jen Easterly.
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