| Mike German |
(spook, whistleblower, academic)
Exposed the corrupt management of 'counterterrorism' at the FBI
Michael German, a 16-year veteran of the FBI, is one of its best-known whistleblowers. His case illustrates that retaliation against those speaking out could weaken national security. He has been referred to as "one of the bravest and most successful counterterrorism agents in the bureau’s history, who penetrated a neo-Nazi gang in Los Angeles and a militia group in Seattle and brought them to justice."
Mike German spent 16 years as a decorated undercover FBI agent, which ended when he blew the whistle on the corrupt management of a counterterrorism case. In 2002, he was investigating meetings between terrorism suspects. When he discovered other officers had jeopardized the investigation by violating wiretapping regulations, he reported what he found to his supervisors, in accordance with FBI policy. His accusations were ignored, his reputation ruined and his career obliterated.
German’s final assignment with the FBI was as a counterterrorism instructor at the FBI National Academy. There, he taught courses on extremism in democratic societies and developed a graduate-level training program for state, local and international law enforcement officers.
German left the FBI in 2004 to make Congress and the public aware of continuing deficiencies in FBI counterterrorism operations. He began lecturing on counterterrorism and intelligence matters and joined the ACLU Washington Legislative Office staff in 2006.
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