According to a report in today’s Washington Times, a leading FBI whistleblower has direct knowledge that illegal activities occurred in the highly controversial and top secret National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program. The whistleblower, Supervisory Special Agent Bassem Youssef, is the highest ranking Arab American agent employed in the FBI’s counterterrorism division. His earlier concerns, that top FBI terrorism managers lacked expertise and experience in terrorism matters, were documented in a highly controversial deposition in which the former head of the FBI’s Middle Eastern counterterrorism program testified that he did not know the difference between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. 

Below is a January 2008 video of Bassem Youssef  and his attorney Stephen Kohn discussing FBI procedures and civil liberties issues at the American Library Association’s National Winter Conference.