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    you'd profle specific chechens from specific neighborhoods in kyrgyzstan?

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 12:30:43 PM PDT

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      I'm sure the Russians are doing exactly that.  That's probably how they came across these folks.   Now, the FBI doesn't have infinite resources so they probably had no reason to do that anymore than they would have profiled specific neighborhoods in Belfast but I wouldn't be surprised if the Brits didn't have them looking at some specific Irish gathering places in Chicago or Boston back in the '70s.  Whether it's drug gangs, mobsters, or terrorists, you'd be doing pretty much the same thing except that the terrorists have the excuse of a cause for their criminality so you're looking at motivation in addition to criminal activity.  

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        that these two were condemned by their own family, particularly on religious grounds. if you can't profile them within their own family, how do you profile their neighborhood?

        The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

        by Laurence Lewis on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 12:48:32 PM PDT

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        •  I'm talking profile not beyond a reasonable doubt (0+ / 0-)

          You can profile neighborhoods on any number of factors.  Market research alone can tell you amazing amounts of information on the kinds of people who live in each census tract.  Cops profile neighborhoods all the time for types of crimes.  Terrorism isn't that different.  What is different here is that you have refugees who moved away from one of these neighborhoods you could profile into Cambridge, MA so they did not fit the profile for Cambridge.  So you probably had a hybrid thing going on with these folks.  They brought their profile with them and some set of triggers set it off.  

          Had they been from Belfast back in the '70s and moved into some neighborhood in Boston known to sympathize with the IRA, the FBI could have profiled them more easily.  

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