The investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday it has begun an inquiry into allegations of racial profiling at the Transportation Security Administration's Minneapolis office.
The Office of the Inspector General's probe comes at the behest of Andrew Rhoades, an assistant federal security director for TSA, who said he was pressured by his supervisor to profile Somali-American imams and community members visiting his Twin Cities office. Specifically, he was asked to provide the names so they could be screened through national security databases for terrorist ties.
Rhoades refused. "Those in the community of Minneapolis know I would never betray their trust by profiling them," he said during testimony last week before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.