Message to our former FBI colleagues:
Enough is enough!
For years, we've all agreed that serious policy and culture issues have plagued the FBI since before the Watergate era.
Most of us no longer pretend things are "right as rain." We know there are serious deficiencies with FBI policy and culture that make it perilous for rank and file FBI employees to report abuses of authority without fear of retaliation from rogue FBI managers.
Protect the FBI—whose non-partisan mission is to safeguard the FBI from partisan politics by ensuring rank and file FBI employees can report abuses of authority without fear of retaliation from rogue FBI managers—has launched a congressional liaison program in which YOU, as a former FBI agent or professional, can engage directly with the elected representatives from your district and advocate for Protect the FBI’s priorities.
Priority 1 - Advocate for new legislation that ensures rank and file FBI employees can report abuses of authority, including the corrupt influence of partisan politics on the FBI’s decision-making, without fear of retaliation from rogue FBI managers.
The FBI needs policy and culture change, plain and simple.
Deficient whistleblower reporting, disciplinary, security clearance, EEO, and promotional processes have led this great agency down a dark path. Worse, systemic culture issues, including pseudo-nepotism leading to a lack of diversity and diverse thinking, have consolidated power on the 7th floor of the J. Edgar Hoover Building, much of it in the Office of General Counsel, the agency's greatest barrier to change. By advocating for new legislation, and for policy and culture change, Protect the FBI intends to empower current FBI employees to speak up when they see abuses of authority, without fear of retaliation from rogue FBI managers.
Put another way, Protect the FBI intends to make rank and file FBI employees the public's first line of defense against partisan influence on the FBI's decision-making, should it ever occur.
To accomplish this, we need a voice on Capitol Hill, unconstrained by current FBI employment or allegiance to an association with a "don't-piss-anyone-off" agenda. The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) and the Society of Former Special Agents (SOCXFBI) are worthy organizations that serve a noble cause. But neither represents even close to the majority of rank and file FBI employees. And, neither has fully identified and advocated for an agenda focused solely on safeguarding the FBI from partisan politics by ensuring rank and file FBI employees can report abuses of authority without fear of retaliation from rogue FBI managers.
Current law is not on the FBIAA's side. Consequently, it has little power to affect policy or culture change, something desperately needed. Moreover, in the years since its inception, it has demonstrated little resolve to push Congress to enhance its power, which can only be done through lobbying for new legislation, while also persuading the hearts and minds of the American public that enhanced power is vital to safeguarding our democracy.
Likewise, the SOCXFBI is focused on advocating for the welfare of former -- not current -- FBI professionals. It is focused on issues such as "right to carry" legislation and the safe return of former special agent Bob Levinson from Iran. Noble, important causes, but with little time or resources left for the type of advocacy Protect the FBI conducts.
Priority 2 - Get our elected representatives to take our pledge.
Get our elected representatives to take Protect the FBI's pledge. Our pledge asks our representatives to exhibit Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity while working across the political divide to oversee the Executive Branch and its component national security agencies, including the FBI.
Click here to view our roster of congressional liaison team members
If you don't have the time but still want to support us, here is what you can do:
Donate $50 or any amount -- and make it a monthly contribution if possible -- to fund our liaison, communications, and advocacy.
What we will never do:
We will never endorse a candidate for FBI director.
We will never represent the interests of current or retired FBI professionals unless those interests are aligned with what is best for the American people.
We will never sit idly by while our elected leaders misrepresent the FBI's motives or mistake its actions as sinister, even when its motives or actions are flawed.
Protect the FBI