An FBI whistleblower alleged that the bureau has created an “Orwellian atmosphere” that has silenced dissent and retaliated against individuals who came forward with claims about the law enforcement agency.
During Thursday’s House “Weaponization of Government” panel hearing, FBI Special Agent Garret O’Boyle said the bureau engaged in a “smear campaign” against him, adding in a later interview with Fox News there are many agents who support his allegations but are “too afraid” to speak out.
“Too many in the FBI aren’t willing to sacrifice for the hard right over the easy wrong,” he said during last week’s committee hearing.
“They see what becomes of whistleblowers, how the FBI destroys their careers, suspends them under false pretenses, takes their security clearance and pay with no true options for real recourse or remedy.
“This is by design. It creates an Orwellian atmosphere that silences opposition and discussion.”