The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA), representing over 12,000 active duty and retired Agents, urged President Barack Obama to nominate House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers to serve as the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). FBI Director Robert Mueller's ten-year term was extended by Congress for two years and ends in September 2013.
“Chairman Rogers exemplifies the principles that should be possessed by the next FBI Director,” said FBIAA President Konrad Motyka. “His unique and diverse experience as a veteran, FBI Agent and member of Congress will allow him to effectively lead the men and women of the Bureau as they continue their work to protect our country from criminal and terrorist threats.”
Motyka continued, “Chairman Rogers heads the House Intelligence Committee and is respected by leaders on both sides of the aisle. His background as a Special Agent sets him apart as someone capable of confronting the wide array of challenges facing our country and the Bureau.”
Added Motyka, “Although then-Special Agent Rogers left the FBI in 1995 to start his political career, he has never forgotten the men and women of the Bureau and has been a champion for Agents since his election to Congress.”
Motyka set forth principles for the selection of a new Director that are supported by thousands of FBI Agents across the country. The four principles include:
- FBI Special Agents are central to the core mission of the Bureau.
- Effectively combating 21st century crimes requires bridging counterterrorism and traditional criminal investigation efforts.
- Understanding and respecting the work of Agents enables the Director to advocate more effectively for the Bureau.
- Seeking Agent input on issues that impact lives in the field strengthens the Bureau.
“Agents are essential to the Bureau’s primary mission of protecting our country from a wide array of threats ranging from street gangs and mortgage fraud to cyber-espionage and foreign and domestic terrorists,” said Motyka. “The next Director must remain committed to the centrality of the Special Agent to the Bureau's mission."
Chairman Rogers (R-MI) has served in the House of Representatives since 2001 and as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee since 2011. A 1985 graduate of Adrian College, he was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at the University of Michigan, and then served as a FBI Special Agent before being elected to the Michigan Senate in 1995.
The FBIAA is a professional association with a membership of nearly 12,000 active and retired agents nationwide. The FBIAA was founded over two decades ago in response to the growing recognition that agents needed to join together in order to protect and advance the interests of agents both within the Bureau, as well as in the public domain. The FBIAA works diligently to promote and facilitate the intelligent, skillful, and efficient discharge of the professional duties of all FBI agents. The Association works hard to advance and safeguard the careers, economic interests, conditions of employment, and welfare of active and retired FBI agents.
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