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TODAY   |  January 16, 2014

New rules could expand limits on profiling

The Justice Department is considering new rules that would bar federal agents from launching investigations based on a person’s religion or country of origin. NBC News Pete Williams reports.

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>> new rules that would bar federal agents from launching investigations based on a person's religion or country of origin . pete williams is in washington with the details. good morning.

>> reporter: what's especially significant about these potential changes is they would apply to appropriate case -- terrorism cases. these new rules under review by attorney general eric holder would greatly expand the ban on what's generally called racial profiling . no federal investigations could be launched based solely on a person's religion, country of orrin, gender. agents could not hank out in mosques waiting to see if they found anything suspicious. these proposed rules would put into writing some proposed reforms already in place to help say sure profiling does not arise in the future.