Michael German


Michael German, Policy Counsel for the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office and former FBI Special Agent, discusses FBI management’s rigorous attention to public relations and persecution of internal whistleblowers, broad 9/11 intelligence failures across all agencies, the unnecessary division of FBI functions into a semi-transparent and accountable criminal justice half and a completely unaccountable intelligence half, the high conviction rate of terrorism prosecutions in federal courts and the FBI’s continuing work on ethnic maps in the U.S.

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Michael German is a Policy Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office. Prior to joining the ACLU German served sixteen-years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he specialized in domestic terrorism and covert operations.

German currently serves as an adjunct professor for Law Enforcement and Terrorism at the National Defense University and is a Senior Fellow with GlobalSecurity.org. German is the author of Thinking Like a Terrorist, which was published in January 2007. German has a B.A. in Philosophy from Wake Forest University and a J.D. from Northwestern University Law School.

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  1. The FBI, Fat Boys Institute, has been appalling since it's inception. Most atrocious J.Edgar Hoover marching around in dresses while investigation Howard Zinn a WW2 bombardier which made him intoa pacifist. In April 1945 his bomber was sent on a mission to bomb a small French village. It aroused his curiosity since the war was almost over and it mission didn't make sense as it was of no strategic military value. After the war he went to the village to investigate and found out that the bombing was weapons testing for aerial napalm and the village was the test site. Hoover prancing around in dresses while investigating Howard Zinn is outrageous. The investigation lasted well into the 60's, He was a university professor and an American philosopher.

  2. In my career I worked with the FBI. Everytime I would walk away shaking my head. They had a superiority complex that argued that they were God's chosen instead of Texans or Jews. In Defense of the FBI, they did not go along with the Cheney/Bush doctrine of torturing prisoners.

    1. Another way to look at that might be: the Hoover boys looked the other way when they should have been building criminal cases on the people that did go along (and who ordered that?).

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