We watched from the sidelines. Now it is time to act.
We are former FBI employees. Agents, analysts, linguists, technicians, scientists, and professionals.
We are private citizens. Teachers, baristas, accountants, doctors, lawyers, engineers, and plumbers.
The past few years have taught us that the reality of a politicized FBI is not far-fetched. In fact, as recently as the Watergate era, the FBI director was a partisan player, his political fortunes tied to the success or failure of the Nixon administration.
The Watergate era, in many ways, is not over.
Today, the FBI is vulnerable to partisan politics on many fronts, including from a lack of public and congressional understanding of the FBI's vital role in society, malice by party-first politicians, inadequate whistleblower protections and murky personnel policies that make it too risky for employees to report abuses of authority.
To address these vulnerabilities, we've launched Protect the FBI, a non-partisan movement to safeguard the FBI and the U.S. Intelligence Community from partisan politics.
To fulfill our mission, we've started a forum called Ask a Former FBI Agent to answer any questions you may have about the FBI's vital mission to protect and defend the country. Our experts stand ready to tell you more about this historic agency and the remarkable men and women who serve in it. (You can also ask a question as a post on this page and we will get back to you ASAP with an answer!)
We've instituted a congressional liaison program that connects members of Congress and their staff with retired FBI professionals with a deep understanding of the FBI. They can be an important resource when questions arise about the FBI's methods and actions. We believe this will help mitigate the perception of partisanship that has taken root in both political parties.
Through our liaison team, we are asking our representatives to take our congressional pledge. Our pledge is designed to inspire our representatives to work together in a rigorous, meaningful, bipartisan manner to oversee the FBI and ensure it works properly for all Americans - not just those in power.
Sometimes protecting the FBI means protecting FBI employees.
On this front, we are advocating for already-written whistleblower legislation that will better protect employees from retaliation by rogue FBI managers when they report abuses of authority.
Despite unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee and numerous public advocacy groups, this important legislation is now stalled due to partisan infighting.
We intend to change this.
To do so, we are educating our elected representatives on the importance of this legislation and why it is crucial to safeguarding the FBI from partisan politics. Toward this end, we've been circulating a petition urging Congress to act. We ask and hope you will sign this petition. Once you do, we've made it easy for you to share it with your friends and associates across Facebook and Twitter.
We cannot do this alone! We need your help!
Please consider donating $10 to $20 to this noble cause.
Contributions to Protect the FBI, a non-profit 501(c)(4), are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. Contributions may qualify as a deductible business expense. Check with your tax accountant.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. We wish each of you health and happiness this holiday season.
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