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DOJ and FBI Agents Suffering Without Funding Due To Government Shutdown

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Washington, D.C. – January 11, 2019

In a petition sent to the White House, the vice president’s office, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other House and Senate leaders on Thursday, the FBI Agents Association ("FBIAA"), a professional organization representing nearly all 13,000 active duty Special Agents warned of the effects of the ongoing shutdown on the bureau’s work.

“On Friday, January 11, 2019, FBI Agents will not be paid due to the partial government shutdown, but we will continue our work protecting our nation,” the petition reads. “We urge our elected representatives to fund the Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the FBI because financial security is a matter of national security.”

“FBI Special Agents are subject to high security standards that include rigorous and routine financial background checks to ensure that Agents are financially stable and responsible. Missing payments on debts could create delays in securing or renewing security clearances, and could even disqualify Agents from continuing to serve in some cases,” FBIAA said in the statement.

If the issue does not get resolved within the next few weeks, however, agents in various field offices may stage a callout—a coordinated sick day to protest the shutdown. (Transportation Security Administration agents have already begun doing so, according to CNN.)

A coordinated “sick-out” would be one way of protesting the current conditions, since the Taft-Hartley Act, enacted in 1947, prohibits public employees from overtly striking. Federal-employee unions may also find recourse in the courts—some have already filed lawsuits arguing that requiring employees to work without pay violates the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

“The operations of the FBI require funding. As the shutdown continues, Special Agents remain at work for the American people without being paid, and FBI leadership is doing all it can to fund FBI operations with increasingly limited resources—this situation is not sustainable. The important work done by the Bureau needs to be funded immediately,” said in the petition, which is signed by FBIAA National Executive Board Members.

Morale at the FBI had already been steadily declining for months before the government shut down on December 22, according to current and recently departed agents, The Atlantic wrote. The withering morale and possibility of having to work without pay has made it increasingly difficult to recruit new agents, the agents warned.

“Pay uncertainty undermines the FBI's ability to recruit and retain high-caliber professionals. Special Agents are skilled professionals who have a variety of employment options in the private sector. The ongoing financial insecurity caused by the failure to fund the FBI could lead some FBI Agents to consider career options that provide more stability for their families.”

In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Tom O’Connor, a special agent and president of the FBI Agents Association said that nearly 5,000 special agents, intelligence analysts, attorneys, and professional staff are currently furloughed, resulting in reduced staffing for “critical functions that support field operations.” None of them are being paid, he said. He wouldn’t elaborate on which investigations were being impacted, but emphasized that a lack of funding has hurt agents’ ability to do their job “completely and to the fullest ability we have.”

The FBI is not the only agency whose limited budget and resources could compromise national security. More than half of the staff of the newly established Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a division of Homeland Security tasked with protecting the country’s critical infrastructure, have been furloughed, according to DHS. Nearly every employee of the Secret Service—which protects current and former government officials as well as the president—is going without pay, too, according to The New York Times, as are TSA agents and air-traffic controllers.

“The men and women of the FBI proudly serve this nation and are honored to protect our country and Constitution from all threats, foreign and domestic. We are confident that our leaders share this commitment to protecting our country and will find a path forward to fund the DOJ and the FBI. As those on the frontlines in the fight against criminals and terrorists, we urge expediency before financial insecurity compromises national security,” FBIAA insists.

Both the DOJ and the FBI are well known for the coercion and intimidation of witnesses, evidence fabrication and the utilization of false testimonies.

 

Despite the public image of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, it has always functioned primarily as America’s political police. This role includes not only the collection of intelligence on the activities of political dissidents and groups, but often times counterintelligence operations to thwart those activities.

Although the FBI’s covert operations have been active throughout its history, the formal COunter INTELligence PROgram, or COINTELPRO, of the second half of the 20th century was centrally directed and targeted a range of political dissidents and organizations. The stated goals of COINTELPRO were to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” those persons or organizations that the FBI decided were “enemies of the State,” according to “COINTELPRO: The Untold Story,” a compilation by Paul Wolf which was presented to U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa in 2001 by the members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

At its most extreme dimension, political dissidents have been eliminated outright or sent to prison for the rest of their lives. Thus, the FBI, supported by government prosecutors, orchestrated the wrongful conviction and illegal imprisonment of a Native American activist Leonard Peltier in 1977. At this time, the FBI continues to withhold over 70,000 documents that are known to exist and hiding the truth about his case. Many more political and civil rights activists, however, were “neutralized” by intimidation, harassment, discrediting, and a whole assortment of authoritarian and illegal tactics.

Neutralization, as explained on record by the FBI, didn’t necessarily pertain to the apprehension of parties in the commission of a crime, the preparation of evidence against them, and securing of a judicial conviction. Rather, the FBI simply made activists incapable of engaging in political activity by whatever means.

For those not assessed as being in themselves a security risk but engaged in what the Bureau viewed to be politically objectionable activity, those techniques consisted of disseminating derogatory information to the target’s family, friends and associates, or visiting and questioning them. False information was planted in the press, as USA Really reported many times. The targets’ efforts to speak in public were frustrated, and employers were contacted to try to get them fired. Anonymous letters accusing targets of infidelity were sent by the FBI to their spouses. Other letters contained death threats. These strategies are well-documented, for example, in the case of Martin Luther King, Jr. Records also show that activists in the 1960s were repeatedly arrested “on any excuse” until “they could no longer make bail.”

In addition, the FBI made use of informants, often quite violent and emotionally disturbed individuals, to present false testimony to the courts and frame COINTELPRO targets for crimes the FBI knew they did not commit. In some cases the charges were quite serious, including murder.

Many counterintelligence techniques involved the use of paid informants. Informants became “agent provocateurs” by raising controversial issues at meetings to take advantage of ideological divisions; promoting enmity with other groups; or inciting the group to violent acts, even to the point of providing them with weapons. Over the years, FBI provocateurs repeatedly urged and initiated violent acts, including forceful disruptions of meetings and demonstrations, attacks on police, bombings, etc.

DOJ and The Special Council Office (SCO) were very generous with taxpayers’ money on fabricating “Trump-Russia”, “Russian Meddling” and other fake indictments. As USA Really reported, last year Mueller's team spent over $17 million bringing the total cost of the investigation so far to more than $25.2 million.

USA Really has also been targeted by both FBI and DOJ since the very first day it appeared.

On Oct. 19, Elena Khusyaynova, the Chief Accountant of the Federal News Agency and the USA Really News Agency was accused by FBI Director Christopher Wray and special FBI agent David Holt of conspiring against the United States, or conspiracy to defraud the United States--a federal offense in the United States of America under 18 USC. § 371. This happened right after Elena Khusyaynova made a bank transfer to Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, LLP, Washington, DC for representing the Federal News Agency in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. On October, 23 and November, 20, the Federal News Agency Inc. filed complaints against Facebook, Inc. after the removal of the news agency’s Facebook account from the platform in April, depriving it of its right to provide news to tens of thousands of followers.

In November 2018, Alexander Malkevich was detained by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in Washington’s Dulles Airport. Malkevich was searched and illegally interrogated as an international criminal and all his electronic devices were scanned. At the end of this illegal detainment, Alexander Malkevich was literally ordered to register the USA Really news agency as “a foreign agent” under Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938.

As a result of FBI’s and DOJ’s combined efforts, USA Really and its Chief Editor Alexander Malkevich and Chief Accountant Elena Khusyaynova were sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in December 2018, as we reported earlier.

Author: USA Really