Mike German


Michael German, Policy Counsel for the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office and former FBI Special Agent, discusses new and expanded FBI powers granted through lax Attorney General guidelines, that allow them to investigate any American for any (or no) reason without opening an official case and creating a paper trail, how we lost the protections put in place after Hoover era abuses and are back to persecuting groups based on their political beliefs and why giving law enforcement extra authority leads to more abuses, not more effective policing.

MP3 here. (9:39)

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.

10 thoughts on “Mike German”

  1. From the JUNE/Zero files to the S-drive the FBI has been hiding its info from FOIA. When they can't fine terrorist they'll make some.

    1. My compliments to Michael German. Like Coleen Rowley, he's an ex-FBI agent with character.

      The FBI is on the way to becoming an American Gestapo. . . .

  2. Wasn't the FBI doing this all along? They just didn't admit it.

    Also, yet another case of looking for a needle in a haystack by adding more hay.

  3. Phone taps still do clicks? I would imagine nowadays one just tees off the binary data stream to a little flash-based recorder.

    Though I have heard of three-letter-agencies managing in hurting the mobster's eardrums with high-pitched feedback noises, so what do I know.

  4. The Constitution doesn't grant the federal government ANY police powers! The F.B.I. should be abolished post haste (along with the C.I.A., the Department of Homeland Security, ATF, D.E.A., and so on)!

  5. Personally, I kind of like the idea of FBI agents digging through my trash. You can separate my correspondence from the fermented cantaloupes all you want, really.

    Anyways, you should have Ry Dawson on again, the last interview was awesome. I see his has a new radio show, I look forward to the next one:

  6. I really like this post as I am very fond of becoming a special agent. These words of Mike German are so inspiring for us youngsters. His undercover operations had helped protect the nation from domestic terrorism. I am wondering about becoming a special agent like him.

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