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Michael German
Policy Counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy
American Civil Liberties Union, Washington DC

Michael German is a sixteen-year veteran of the FBI, where he served as a Special Agent in domestic terrorism, bank fraud and public corruption investigations. While at the FBI, German also served in undercover operations, successfully helping to prevent several terrorist attacks. He resigned in 2004 to make Congress and the public aware of the continuing deficiencies in FBI counterterrorism operations after the implementation of the 9/11 Commission’s reforms.

After leaving the FBI, German formed Hotei Consulting, where he urged Congress to adopt better intelligence policies in the wake of 9/11. He was also as an adjunct professor at the National Defense University School for National Security Executive Education.

German’s articles on terrorism have appeared in the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and the National Law Journal.

German graduated from Wake Forest University and earned his J.D. from Northwestern University Law School. For his work combating white supremacist groups, he was awarded the Los Angeles Federal Bar Association Medal of Valor, the First African Methodist Episcopal Church FAME Award and the Traveler’s Aid Community Award.


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