Bassem Youssef to Testify Before Congress

Bassem YoussefOn Wednesday, May 21, Bassem Youssef will testify before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. Many of you may remember Mr. Youssef from his appearance at the Washington Office Update Session of ALA’s 2008 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

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 http://www.whistleblowers.org/html/bassem_youssef.html

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

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

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141

About Jacob Roberts

Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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