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Minnesota T.S.A. Manager Says He Was Told to Target Somali-Americans
by Ron Nixon
A Transportation Security Administration manager here said he was instructed by his supervisor to provide the names of Somali-American leaders visiting the agency's local office so they could be screened against national security databases for terrorist ties, a disclosure that quickly drew accusations of racial profiling.
In a midyear performance evaluation, David McMahon, the supervisor of Andrew Rhoades, an assistant federal security director, wrote that he had advised Mr. Rhoades to check potential visitors to the agency's offices with the field intelligence officer to determine "if we want them in our office space or meet elsewhere."
Mr. McMahon, a deputy federal security director, wrote that he "reminded employee that with our current world affairs that we need to be mindful of those we interact with."
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