FBI Agents Report: Shutdown Making It Hard To Keep U.S. Safe From Terrorists And Criminals
The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) released a report Tuesday claiming the government shutdown is causing hardships in the field for the agency such that confidential human sources from counter-terror investigations could be lost forever, sub-par FBI applicants could become the new reality, and victims of sex trafficking are being left without counseling.
“The shutdown is making it more difficult to perform our jobs of keeping the country safe from criminals and terrorists, said Tom O’Connor, FBIAA President, in a news conference Tuesday.
O’Connor added that not a single FBI agent is receiving a paycheck a month into the federal government’s partial shutdown.
“So for our special agents, financial security is national security,” he said.
According to the many agents quoted in the 72-page report, the shutdown is responsible for hardships in the field and is hindering FBI agents from pursuing new criminal cases.
“The U.S. attorney’s office is unable to issue grand jury subpoenas for financial institutions,” read a passage within the report.
“I have been advised by our U.S. attorney’s office that because of the shutdown there are no funds allocated to pay for grand jury subpoenas… This is causing affected investigations to be put on hold,” read another passage.
The report did not quote any agent by name, in order to prevent retribution from the Bureau or public.
“I’ve been working an MS-13 investigation for three years, and since the shutdown, I haven’t had a Spanish speaking person in the division,” an agent on the West Coast said in the report.
“I know that we’re going to lose people as this goes forward, because you can’t sit in Quantico, and leave your spouse and kids at home with no money coming in to the family,” O’Connor said.