Bassem Youssef, an FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Middle Eastern counterterrorism expert, is scheduled to testify tomorrow (May 21, 2008) before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141

You may recall from previous posts that SSA Youssef has been the victim of ongoing retaliation from upper-level FBI managers ever since he began reporting serious mismanagement and misconduct in terrorism related investigations. Earlier this year, Mr. Youssef was gagged by the FBI when he was invited to speak before the American Library Association regarding the misuse of NSL letters to obtain phone records without a warrant.

SSA Youssef is expected to give shocking testimony about potentially catastrophic mismanagement the FBI’s Middle Eastern counterterrorism programs. I encourage everyone to attend the hearing and show your support for this brave whistleblower. See the National Whistleblower Center press release below for more information.



Unit Chief to disclose shortfalls in war on terror

WHAT:           FBI Whistleblower and Supervisory Special Agent Bassem Youssef testifying before Congress

          Wednesday, May 21, 1:30 p.m. EDT

        Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141

Washington, D.C. — FBI Counterterrorism Whistleblower Bassem Youssef will testify before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

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

It is expected that Youssef’s testimony will include previously undisclosed information.

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.

For more information about Youssef, please visit the National Whistleblower Center’s website at