Our Story

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 processes have been used to retaliate against rank-and-file FBI employees and to consolidate power in the executive ranks of the FBI, which often serve their personal or collective interests, or worse, their political interest. This has made it too perilous for rank-and-file FBI employees to report abuse of authority, including the corrupt influence of partisan politics on the FBI's decision-making should it occur.

​To address these vulnerabilities, we launched Protect the FBI. Our non-partisan mission is to protect the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s integrity by mitigating its capacity and proclivity to abuse its authority and by safeguarding it from the undue influence of partisan politics.

Now, more than ever, protecting the FBI means safeguarding rank-and-file FBI employees.

By advocating 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 abuse of authority. In addition, Protect the FBI is helping to write and pass enhanced whistleblower protection legislation that will make rank-and-file FBI employees the public's first line of defense against undue partisan influence on the FBI's decision-making should it occur.

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Protect the FBI intends to bring about the type of substantive policy and culture change that will safeguard this mythical American institution from being co-opted by either political party for partisan gain.

We cannot do this without public support from all walks of American life and from across the political divide. We hope you will join us in this noble effort.

Sincerely,

James S. Davidson

President

Protect the FBI

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