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    IRAQIS LIVING IN US TO BE TRACKED Oliver Burkeman, Guardian, 11/19/02 http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,842974,00.html The Bush administration has
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      IRAQIS LIVING IN US TO BE TRACKED
      Oliver Burkeman, Guardian, 11/19/02
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,842974,00.html

      The Bush administration has begun a major programme to monitor Iraqi-
      Americans and Iraqi citizens in the US for signs that they might be
      planning terrorist attacks inside the country in the event of war.
      One Washington official described it as "the largest and most
      aggressive" scheme of its type in US history.

      Details of the previously secret project, condemned by Muslim-
      American groups, were apparently leaked to the New York Times as a
      riposte to allegations made in Congress that US intelligence
      agencies were proving incompetent in dealing with potential threatsÂ…

      The federal government is understood to be planning to start
      voluntary interviews with Arab-Americans next week, asking that they
      report suspicious activities connected to Iraq. Thousands were
      similarly questioned during the 1991 Gulf war. The FBI will meet
      community leaders in an effort to explain why the scheme is
      necessary.

      The programme focuses on those of Iraqi origin at American
      universities or who are working for private corporations, the New
      York Times said, and is being given legal authority by means of
      national security warrants. Individuals will be recruited as
      informants.

      The scheme "goes against all accepted norms of due process and legal
      rights", said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the
      Washington-based Council on Islamic-American Relations. "To monitor
      someone who has exhibited no probable cause for any link to illegal
      activity is a violation of American law, or at least it used to be."





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