Despite a warning from his superiors, FBI Special Agent Bassem Youssef answered questions at a January 12 session o the ALA Midwinter Meeting. In 2002, Youssef blew the whistle to the director of the FBI and Congress the discriminatory practices within the Bureau were undermining the effectiveness of America’s counterterrorism efforts. In this video, Youssef and Stephen Kohn discuss his case, talk about the abuse of National Security Letters following the Passage of the Patriot Act, and speak of Abu Ghraib as an example of the U.S. failure to understand Middle Eastern culture.
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