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Howard Dean Condemns Racial Profiling

Howard Dean blasted racial profiling Monday in a speech to the National Council of La Raza and the NAACP in Miami, and in particular, Attorney General Ashcroft's recent memo on the subject :

"Condemning racial profiling is not enough," said Dean. "Racial profiling is a serious civil rights issue, and the administration should do more than circulate a memo saying "don't do it" to federal enforcement agencies he oversees, like the FBI and DEA.

"As President, I will direct my Attorney General to use regulatory authority under existing anti-discrimination laws"--the 1964 Civil Rights Act--to define racial profiling as discrimination, and to withhold federal funds from departments that violate those regulations."

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