The American Civil Liberties Union has hired former FBI agent Michael German as a policy counsel, the Washington Post reports. German is the agent who once infiltrated a white supremacist group of skinheads and who quit in 2004 after charging that the agency retaliated against him for complaining about a botched anti-terrorism investigation. The Justice Department’s inspector general substantiated his claim. “I am convinced that they are on the right side of all the issues that are important now for national security,” German said about the ACLU.
He said Bush administration policies allowing warrantless wiretapping and internments without trials, as well as the use of torture in interrogations of terrorism suspects, are ineffective and can worsen national security. Caroline Fredrickson , director of the ACLU’s Washington legislative office, said German “has real inside knowledge of how the FBI operates” and “what actually works to find a terrorist.” His expertise, she said, will “help balance the claims of people who want to limit the right of privacy.”