National Security Whistleblowers Need Your Help!
On September 11, 2001, terrorists were able to attack targets in New York and Washington because of massive failures within our intelligence agencies. Unfortunately, those agencies are still making decisions that jeopardize the national security of the United States.
I am Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, and I was an FBI agent for 16 years. I risked my career to expose botched inve stigations, such as the one which followed the first WTC bombing of 1993. I thought that our intelligence community would have learned from their mistakes a long time ago, but sadly, the "good old boy" culture still dominates, and whistleblowers who try to do the right thing by exposing national security concerns are systematically swept under the rug.
Also, Congress has not done enough to extend legal protections to National Security Whistleblowers.
The National Whistleblower Center is asking you to do two things to get involved:
First, write your senators and tell them that you support hearings that deal specifically with National Security Whistleblowers;
Second, write the Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, and tell him that you expect him to ke ep the promise that he made to the American people to investigate and discipline those managers at the FBI who choose to retaliate against whistleblowers.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on national security last week, Mr. Gonzales was questioned about the case of Bassem Youssef, an FBI whistleblower, who brought national security concerns to the attention of FBI director Robert Mueller.
Over the last four years, Mr. Youssef has been the victim of discrimination, retaliation, and humiliation at the hands of the FBI upper management.
Mr. Youssef is the FBI's most experienced counterterrorism expert. He is the highest ranking fluent Arabic speaking FBI agent, and the only US intelligence officer, in any agency, qualified to conduct polygraph tests in Arabic. Despite his skills and qualifications, Mr. Youssef was denied a promotion based on his ethnicity (he is an Egyptian-American). He subsequently took his concerns to his managers, and ultimately FBI director Mueller.
Since voicing his concerns, Mr. Youssef has been stripped of all operational counterterrorism duties, and furthermore, has been prohibited from using his language skills to translate documents in the course of his work.
The United States Senate has acknowledged that this retaliation poses a grave danger to the protection of our nation. Three senators, Sen. Arlen Specter, the Republican Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy, the committee's ranking Democrat, as well as Sen. Charles Grassley, a senior member of the committee, wrote to the Department Of Justice ordering a full investigation. See Letter Here
In a response to this letter, after four years of retaliation, the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility issued a landmark report, stating that: "Based on the results of our investigation" OPR found "sufficient circumstantial evidence to establish reasonable cause to believe that the FBI's failure to [place Mr. Youssef in an operational counterterrorism position] was retaliatory."
The consequences of Mr. Youssef's treatment can not be understated. When the FBI intentionally blocks its leading counterterrorism expert from using his desperately needed skills, it is to the detriment of every American.
The United States can not afford to let the bureaucratic, "good old boy" culture of agencies like the FBI and CIA undermine our ability to defend ourselves. National Security Whistleblowers desperately need your support.
Please use the links below to send these important letters:
Take Action!! Write your Senator to support a hearing on National Security Whistleblowers.
Take Action!! Write Attorney General Gonzales to tell him that you support a full investigation into retaliation at the FBI.
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, J.D., PhD.
Former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
National Whistleblower Center Board of Directors
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