FBI Turns to Monitoring Grocery Purchases While LAPD Maps Muslim Neithborhoods
Out in California, menu mapping is now is place. Law Prof Eric Muller has the details.
This month, reports have surfaced about two controversial counterterrorism initiatives in California. In one, Congressional Quarterly's national security editor reported that the FBI had mined data from San Francisco grocery stores to look for spikes in sales of Middle Eastern food that, together with other data, might imply the presence of extremists. In the other, the Los Angeles Police Department is using census and other demographic data to map Muslim communities in order to pinpoint the neighborhoods of potential extremists.
Eric calls it "tahini mapping" and explains why this is the repeat of a 60 year old mistake that will inflame communities and not make us any safer.
As for the LAPD's neighborhood mapping: [More...]
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