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Published on Nov 17, 2014
The biggest myth is that it works. In reality, more than 150 men have been caught in FBI terror stings since 9/11, and most never had the means or, in some cases, even the idea to carry out a plot, were it not for the bureau's informants providing the opportunity. From blanketed surveillance of American Muslims to racial and religious profiling to the entrapment of vulnerable segments of our community in FBI sting operations, the need for a frank conversation about the state of our civil liberties is pertinent, now more than ever.
At an event for community leaders hosted by CAIR-SFBA, the MCA, and the NCIC, Mr. German shared his experience as a sixteen-year veteran of the FBI. He left the FBI in 2004 after reporting continuing deficiencies in FBI counterterrorism operations to Congress. Prior to joining the Brennan Center for Justice as a Fellow to the Liberty and National Security Program he served as Senior Policy Counsel at the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office, where he worked on issues regarding national security and government transparency.