- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Justice Department is reportedly expected to issue a broad new policy next month banning federal law enforcement officers from profiling individuals based on their ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

The long-awaited policy is expected to prohibit federal agents from conducting undercover surveillance of mosques, for example, without some proof of criminal activity.

The measure will not include an exemption for national security investigations, department sources told The Los Angeles Times.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was supposed to announce the new policy several months ago, but it was put on hold by the White House days before the intended announcement while officials looked into the effects it may have on national security, a congressional aide told The Times.

Mr. Holder, who announced Thursday he is resigning, told the annual convention of the Congressional Black Caucus on Friday that he was committed to remaining active for his final weeks in office, The Times reported.

“There remains a great deal to be done,” he said. “I have no intention of letting up or slowing down.”

Mr. Holder has promised to stay on until his successor is confirmed.

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