Three FBI whistleblowers testified before Congress on Thursday about the FBI’s alleged retaliations against them for questioning the FBI’s practices based upon political views.
House lawmakers are continuing to investigate the weaponization of federal agencies under the Biden administration within federal agencies.
Numerous employees of federal organizations have continued to come forward with claims of misconduct at the highest levels of the US federal agencies at an almost historical rate across Joe Biden’s federal government with unheard of allegations
The whistleblowers have continued to report backlash from their superiors to Congress after they have stepped forward and spoke out to those in the media
Marcus Allen, Garret O'Boyle, and Stephen Friend testified before the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government on Thursday.
The House Committee Democrats pushed back falsely against them and accused them of not being genuine whistleblowers.
Intelligence Analyst Marcus Allen alleged that the FBI suspended his security clearance after raising concerns about FBI Director Christopher Wray’s testimony to Congress about the January 6 2021 events.
During a March 2021 hearing, Wray suggested that the FBI and other law enforcement officials had not infiltrated groups on Capitol Hill.
Allen had written to his supervisors that "there is a significant counter-story to the events of 6 January 2021 at the US Capitol. There is a good possibility the DC elements of our organization are not being forthright about the events of the day or the influence of government assets."
Allen testified on Thursday before Congress that the bureau subsequently suspended his security clearance, questioned his loyalty to the United States, and accused him of holding "conspiratorial views."
"Despite my history of unblemished service to the United States, the FBI suspended my security clearance, accusing me of actually being disloyal to my country. This outrageous and insulting accusation is based on unsubstantiated accusations that I hold 'conspiratorial views' regarding the events of January 6, 2021 and that I allegedly sympathize with criminal conduct. I do not," Allen firmly stated.
"Instead, it appears that I was retaliated against because I forwarded information to my superiors and others that questioned the official narrative of the events of January 6. As a result, I was accused of promoting 'conspiratorial views' and 'unreliable information.' Because I did this, the FBI questioned my allegiance to the United States.”
Allen has filed a complaint of retaliation with the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General.
"This has been a trying circumstance for me and my family. It has been more than a year since the FBI took my paycheck from me," Allen stated”.
“My family and I have been surviving on early withdrawals from our retirement accounts while the FBI has ignored my request for approval to obtain outside employment during the review of my security clearance. We have lost our federal health insurance coverage. There is apparently no end in sight,” Allen further commented.
Special Agent Garret O'Boyle testified that the FBI prioritized investigations into anti-abortion groups after the early leaked Supreme Court first draft in May 2022 about the Dobbs v. Jackson case about abortion.
O’Boyle questioned the point of such an approach, noting that it was pro-abortion protesters who demonstrated outside of the homes of Supreme Court justices.
O'Boyle said the FBI has created an atmosphere undoing the safety of protection for whistleblowers. O”Boyle’s testimony revealed a chilling effect.
"Despite our oath to uphold the Constitution, too many in the FBI aren’t willing to sacrifice for the hard right over the easy wrong," said O’Boyle. "They see what becomes of whistleblowers; how the FBI destroys their careers, suspends them under false pretenses, takes their security clearances and pay with no true options for real recourse or remedy. This is by design; it creates an Orwellian atmosphere that silences opposition and discussion."
"In weaponized fashion, the FBI allowed me to accept orders to a new position half- way across the country. They allowed us to sell my family’s home," O’Boyle stated. "They ordered me to report to the new unit when our youngest daughter was only two weeks old. Then, on my first day on the new assignment, they suspended me; rendering my family homeless and refused to release our household goods, including our clothes, for weeks."
Special Agent Stephen Friend testified of making a complaint to the Office of Special Counsel alleging that he was suspended for raising concerns about the bureau's alleged manipulation of crime statistics, its treatment of Jan. 6 defendants, and its use of SWAT teams.
"At each level of my chain of command, leadership cautioned that despite my exemplary work performance, whistleblowing placed my otherwise bright future with the FBI at risk. Special agents take an oath to protect the US Constitution," Friend stated. "The dangers of federal law enforcement overreach where hammered home to me when I was required to attend trainings at the Holocaust Memorial Museum and MLK Memorial. I cited my oath and training in my conversations with my FBI supervisors. Nevertheless, the FBI weaponized the security clearance processes to facilitate my removal from active duty within one month of my disclosures."
"In addition to an indefinite, unpaid suspension, the FBI initiated a campaign of humiliation and intimidation to punish and pressure me to resign," Friend stated. "In violation of HIPPA, individuals at the FBI leaked my private medical information to a reporter at the New York Times. In violation of the Privacy Act, the FBI refused to furnish my training records for several months."
"The FBI denied my request to seek outside employment, in an obvious attempt to deprive me of the ability to support my family. Finally, the FBI Inspection Division imposed an illegal gag order in an attempt to prevent me from communicating with my family and attorneys," Friend concluded.
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