|DOJ OPR Rules In Favor of Leading FBI Counterterrorism Whistleblower|
Washington, D.C. July 18, 2006. The Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility (“OPR”) found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) violated the Whistleblower Protection Act and engaged in a “prohibited reprisal” against FBI Supervisory Special Agent/Unit Chief Bassem Youssef in retaliation for his “protected” whistleblower “disclosure.”
The OPR report, released today by Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa),
concluded as follows: “Based on the results of our investigation” OPR
found “sufficient” “evidence to establish reasonable cause to believe
that the FBI’s failure to [place Mr. Youssef in an operational
counterterrorism position] was retaliatory.” OPR Report, p. 12.