For too many years, we watched from the sidelines. Now it is time to act.
We are former FBI employees. Agents, analysts, linguists, technicians, scientists, and professionals.
Our FBI careers taught us that the American public's first line of defense against a politicized FBI are rank and file FBI employees.
Unfortunately, murky personnel practices, a deficient whistleblower reporting process, and deficient disciplinary, security clearance, EEO, and promotional systems have consolidated power in the executive ranks of the FBI, making it too perilous for rank and file FBI employees to report abuses of authority, including the corrupt influence of partisan politics on the FBI's decision-making should it ever occur.
To address these vulnerabilities, we launched Protect the FBI.
Our 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.
Now, more than ever, protecting the FBI means safeguarding rank and file FBI employees.
By advocating for new legislation, and for policy and culture change, Protect the FBI is empowering rank and file FBI employees to speak up without fear or retaliation when they see abuses of authority.
In addition to petitioning the FBI for policy and culture change, Protect the FBI is advocating for the passage of already-written whistleblower legislation that would make rank and file FBI employees the American public's first line of defense against partisan influence on the FBI's decision-making should it ever occur.
However, despite unanimous support in 2016 from the Senate Judiciary Committee and numerous public advocacy groups, including the National Whistleblower Center, this vital legislation is stalled because of the FBI's opposition to any legislation that would more closely hold its executive managers accountable for violations of law or an abuse of authority.
Protect the FBI intends to change this. We are asking you to stand with us. Together, we will stand with rank and file FBI employees and safeguard this mythical American institution from being co-opted by either political party for partisan gain.
We are currently educating our elected representatives on the importance of this legislation as well as the need for new legislation concerning other deficient FBI personnel processes, each of which make the FBI vulnerable to being co-opted by partisans.
We cannot do this without public support from all walks of American life and from across the political divide. It doesn't matter whether you believe the Obama administration co-opted the FBI in 2016 or whether you believe the FBI is in danger of being politicized by the Trump administration. This legislation, and the policy and culture change Protect the FBI seeks, will ensure rank and file FBI employees are your eyes and ears on those who would manipulate this mythical American institution to their own end.
Please sign our petition urging Congress to act on this legislation. Once you do, we've made it easy for you to share it with your friends across Facebook and Twitter.
Please also donate to this noble, grass-roots, and true non-partisan cause.
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