FBI General Counsel Valerie Caproni defends the agency's policy, saying "The F.B.I. has been told that we need to determine who poses a threat to the national security - not simply to investigate persons who have come onto our radar screen."
But civil liberties advocates, who filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit to force release of the FBI's relaxed guidelines, say racial profiling is the result. Farhana Khera, president of Muslim Advocates told The Times, "We have seen even in recent months the revelation of the F.B.I. going into mosques - not where they have a specific reason to believe there is criminal activity, but as ‘agent provocateurs' who are trying to incite young individuals to join a purported terror plot."