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Donald Trump won't rule out registering American Muslims in a national database

In a Yahoo interview published Thursday, Donald Trump argued that after the terrorist attacks in Paris, unprecedented and previously "unthinkable" steps must be taken to monitor American Muslims:

Yahoo News asked Trump whether his push for increased surveillance of American Muslims could include warrantless searches. He suggested he would consider a series of drastic measures.

"We're going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule," Trump said. "And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we're going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago."

Yahoo News asked Trump whether this level of tracking might require registering Muslims in a database or giving them a form of special identification that noted their religion. He wouldn't rule it out. [Yahoo]

On Wednesday, Trump drew controversy for saying "We're gonna have no choice" but to shut down mosques. He reaffirmed his support for mosque surveillance in the Yahoo interview.