Profiling Is Great, Except When You Do It to Me

Plausible reconstruction of how the IRS came to scrutinise Tea Party groups. If tax officials are required to spot signs of political activity in groups applying for exemption, it makes sense to look for short cuts: for example, those that seem to be part of a new political movement, Tea Party. Trouble is, that’s “profiling”. Just like the TSA officer pulling over a traveller in a turban. It’s easy, logical, and wrong (1,590 words)

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