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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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