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Tune in Tonight: Take Action to Help FBI Whistleblower

Last year, the American public was treated to the troubling news that terrorism expertise was not a priority for FBI managers in hiring for their counterterrorism efforts. Tonight NBC News will feature the whistleblower who brought that troubling news to light -- FBI Supervisory Special Agent Bassem Youssef. Our colleagues at the National Whistleblower Center are asking the public to help Mr. Youssef by writing to FBI Director Robert Mueller urging the agency not to retaliate against Youssef for his public appearance this evening. To write a letter of support � go here.

Concern about retaliation for FBI whistleblowers is well-placed given that they have virtually no protections against retaliation and the FBI has been particularly aggressive. For example, according to the public interest group Judicial Watch, FBI Agent Robert Wright has been subjected to at least four retaliatory investigations for speaking out about FBI failures to track down terrorists. An unusually telling set of documents disclosed to Senators Grassley and Leahy revealed internal FBI officials discussing their plan to �take him out,� for Wright�s �public appearance and comments on a network television news program.�

By: Beth Daley
Director of Investigations, POGO

At the time of publication, Beth Daley was the Director of Investigations for the Project On Government Oversight.

Authors: Beth Daley

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