|FBI Whistleblower Instrumental in Exposing Constitutional Violations That Threaten National Security|
Washington, DC. January 19, 2010. In response to the front-page article appearing today in the Washington Post, the following statements were released by Stephen M. Kohn, attorney for Mr. Bassem Youssef (Chief of the FBI’s Communications Analysis Unit/Counterterrorism Division) and National Whistleblowers Center Executive Director:
“Today we are urging every American to TAKE ACTION to protect Mr. Youssef and all other national security whistleblower from retaliation. We are asking Congress to enact strong legislation (H.R. 1507) protecting whistleblowers in the FBI and other national security agencies.”
Mr. Bassem Youssef is the highest-ranking fluent Arabic speaking agent in the FBI. In 1995 he was awarded the Director of Central Intelligence Award for his key role in one of America’s most successful Middle East related counterterrorism operations. In 1996 he was appointed by then-FBI Director Louis Freeh to serve as the first Legal Attaché for the FBI in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is credited with establishing unprecedented access and cooperation between the FBI its Saudi counterparts. After the 9/11 attacks Mr. Youssef alleged that he was discriminated against based on his Egyptian heritage. For more information on Mr. Youssef’s background please click here .
Mr. Youseff’s attorney Stephen M. Kohn is available for comment.
The Washington Post article is linked here .
The Action Alert is linked here.
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