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FBI Whistleblower Testifies On Mistakes Inside Counterterrorism Program
Unit Chief discloses shortfalls in war on terror

Washington, D.C. May 22, 2008. FBI Counterterrorism Whistleblower Bassem Youssef testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on Wednesday, May 21, 2008.

During the oversight hearing, titled The FBI Whistleblowers: Exposing Corruption and Retaliation Inside the Bureau, Supervisory Special Agent Bassem Youssef was able, the for the first time, to alert Congress and the American people to the grave deficiencies within the FBI's Counterterrorism Division since 9/11.

Youssef is the Unit Chief of the FBI's Communications Analysis Unit. He is the highest-ranking Arab-American agent in the Counterterrorism Division, and the highest-ranking fluent Arabic speaker. In 1994, he earned the Intelligence Community's prestigious and coveted award, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, awarded by the Director of Central Intelligence. The award was for outstanding accomplishments in a terrorism case involving an al-Qaeda-related investigation.

Youssef has also been instrumental in reporting and rectifying problems with the FBI's National Security Letter program.

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