Several whistleblowers have come forward before congress to reveal that high-ranking FBI officials are actively targeting the political views of agents, particularly those who are former military personnel.
Failing to wear a face mask, refusing to take the covid vaccine, or sympathizing with former President Donald Trump are among the views that can lead to agents being ostracized and forced out of their jobs.
A marine and other military veterans at the FBI have been accused of disloyalty to the United States because they fit the profile of a supporter of former President Donald Trump, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times.
The whistleblowers report that Jeffrey Veltri, assistant director of the bureau’s security division, and Dena Perkins, assistant chief of the division, targeted employees who had served in the Marine Corps or other military branches.
These agents were stripped of their security clearances, resulting in them being sidelined at work and forced to resign, according to the revelations. Veltri and Perkins’ goal was to declare the Marines and other veterans “disloyal to the United States.” However, the whistleblowers in question managed to evade scrutiny.
“There was no indication that any of the individuals had any connection to a foreign power or any conviction against the United States”, according to the disclosures.
“Disloyal to the US”
Other signs that an employee was “right-wing radical and disloyal to the USA”, according to Perkins and Veltri, included failure to wear a face mask, refusal to take the covid vaccine, and participation in religious activities.
In another case, Perkins attempted to revoke the security clearance of an office employee known to be a marine veteran – even though he knew the allegations were unfounded. This did not stop Perkins from ordering her investigators to check at least 10 police departments where the employee had lived for any allegations or violations of law.
“During this process, Perkins attempted to gather evidence so that she could fire the employee for being ‘disloyal to the US'”, the document states.
FBI denies everything
The FBI initially declined to comment on the allegations, but later issued a statement lashing out at the Washington Times for publishing the whistleblowers’ statements.
“It is wholly irresponsible of The Washington Times, and this reporter, to include outrageous and demonstrably false allegations that the FBI singled out former military employees. It is offensive that The Washington Times chose to publish, on Veteran’s Day, such baseless, unsubstantiated claims and include the names of FBI employees, one of which is a veteran”, they said in part.
One of the FBI employees who was ‘purged’ says he never even met the bosses who forced him out of the bureau and left him homeless.
– I didn’t even know these people, but they came after me anyway because that’s what tyrants do. They come after the people who they’re afraid of. They come after the people who speak the truth, he says.