Since September 11, 2001, FBI counterterrorism expert Bassem Youssef
has fought within the FBI to end discrimination against Arab Americans
and to protect the American people from another terrorist attack. The DOJ’s Office of Professional
Responsibility concluded that the FBI illegally retaliated against Mr.
Youssef for making whistleblower disclosures.
Mr. Youssef is currently a Unit Chief in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. He coordinated major investigations into Middle Eastern terrorist groups commencing in the late 1980s. He speaks fluent Arabic (the highest ranking FBI official with this skill. 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.
After obtaining the DCI award, he was selected by the former FBI Director Louis Freeh to head the FBI’s overseas office with responsibility for Saudi Arabia and the contiguous Gulf States, including UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain and Qatar. The FBI’s internal inspection of that office, conducted in 2000, highly praised Mr. Youssef’s performance. Inspection reports are kept confidential within the FBI, and are tasked with identifying problems in various programs.
Mr. Youssef is responsible for administering two highly controversial warrantless search programs created under the provisions of the USA PATRIOT ACT, including the "National Security Letters" program which was reported widely in 2007.
In July 2006, the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility concluded that the FBI illegally retaliated against Mr. Youssef because Mr. Youssef had made whistleblower disclosures to the Director of the FBI and a Member of Congress.
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