Anonymous FBI agents air shutdown grievances in association’s report – POLITICO
One FBI special agent said the partial government shutdown has “eliminated any ability to operate.” Another said the job has “never been so hard or thankless.” A third said agents cannot “protect and serve the American people.”
The anonymous testimonials came in a report Tuesday by the FBI Agents Association, which advocates for more than 14,000 active and former FBI special agents, detailing how the longest-ever partial government shutdown hinders the agency’s operations.
“The shutdown has eliminated any ability to operate,” said one unnamed special agent, who the report said is working on counter-intelligence matters against a top threat to the United States’ national security. “It’s bad enough to work without pay, but we can only conduct administrative functions while doing it. The fear is our enemies know they can run freely.”