Officials to rewrite terrorism guidelines criticized by civil rights groups
Authorities in Florida are reworking a program to teach firefighters, cable installers and others how to look for signs of terrorist activity. Civil rights advocates had criticized the program designed for workers who regularly go into homes. A training brochure cautioned that "multiple adult males living together, usually of Middle Eastern appearance and between the ages of 18 and 45, with little or no furnishings" could signal international terrorism. Five-thousand of the brochures are being thrown out. New guidelines will remove references to particular ethnic groups. A sheriff's lieutenant who helped design the program says the brochure was a draft that was printed before it was ready. An official with the ACLU in Orlando says the whole program should "die a merciful death."
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