Whistleblower: Flawed FBI Acts ‘Like a Cop Trying to Hit a Quota’

A former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent, now whistleblower, said he blames troubles at the bureau on rules that see it acting “like a cop trying to hit a quota” over the agency’s alleged handling of the investigation into the January 6 Capitol incident. 

On a Thursday talk show, former special agent Steve Friend said the FBI’s “integrated program management protocols,” which were put in place a decade ago, means the agency sets “quotas for itself to meet. And in order to meet those, they have to gin up the numbers in any way possible to justify the funding that it receives from Congress.”

As a result, Friend said it’s not a mystery why the number of domestic terrorism cases in the FBI has quadrupled over the past ten years. He explained that all senior executives receive bonuses and financial compensation for meeting these metrics. 

Friend also said that FBI Director Christopher Wray, President Joe Biden, and Attorney General Merrick Garland were given a talking point. “They can say the FBI is the aggregator of all criminal statistics for this country. It’s respected; its image is still untarnished for a large swath of the country. And they can say that the FBI can back these stats up.”

Thursday’s testimony by Friend before the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, along with other agency whistleblowers, has gotten him labeled a “traitor” or not a genuine whistleblower in the mainstream media.

“Well, I’ll put my patriotism bona fide days up against just about anybody,” said Friend. “I worked on Indian reservations for seven years and arrested 150 violent criminals. I took a transfer in order to work child pornography investigations before being volun-‘told’ to work on January 6 cases.”

Friend: Agency was “manipulating statistics for financial reasons; infringing on individual rights”

Friend said that while he wasn’t initially concerned the FBI was acting for political purposes, but noted the agency was “manipulating statistics for financial reasons but also infringing on individual rights. I know that the Democrats and the media have labeled me that way. But, I guess you get all the flak when you’re over the target.”

Friend and his colleagues testified the FBI took action to punish them for speaking out, including making it extremely difficult to find work. He implied that eliminating the agency is the best way to fix it. “I think we need to take a step back and realize that the country existed before the FBI, and it can exist after the FBI,” said Friend. 

“And that doesn’t mean that we’re going to do away with federal law enforcement. There are plenty of other agencies that do a great job. And at least in my experience, I worked with a lot of local detectives and police officers who were very qualified as investigators.”