Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law – September 16 2019 – A former FBI agent – and leading critic – examines the agency as it has been transformed.
The attacks on 9/11 changed the country—and with it, U.S. law enforcement, especially the FBI. The FBI once was made famous by prosecuting organized crime and corruption. After the attacks, it shifted its focus to the disruption of terrorist activity. But its strategy relies upon the discredited theory of “radicalization.” By targeting Muslims, foreigners, communities of color, and dissidents, the FBI pitted American communities against one another. And it ignored the threat of white nationalist violence.
In his new book, Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide, Brennan Center Fellow and former FBI special agent Michael German details the transformation of the FBI from a law enforcement body into a secretive domestic intelligence agency. For 16 years, German served in the FBI and twice infiltrated extremist groups using constitutionally sound law enforcement techniques.
Michael German, Brennan Center Liberty & National Security fellow; former FBI Special Agent; author of Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How the New FBI Damages Democracy
Adam Serwer, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Mr. German blames FBI and “White Supremacists ” – but Russian media in NYC blames Russian ex- KGB in September 11 and “Socialism obsession” in USA…