Mike German is a former FBI agent and a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program.
From the Brennan Center's website:
The Brennan Center's Liberty & National Security Program seeks to ensure that the U.S. government respects human rights and fundamental freedoms in conducting the fight against terrorism. A former special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, German's work focuses on law enforcement and intelligence oversight and reform. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, he served as the policy counsel for national security and privacy for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office.
Mike German authored a recent report for the Center called Hidden in Plain Sight: Racism, White Supremacy, and Far-Right Militancy in Law Enforcement. He wrote and article for the Guardian last week on the report.
German is the author of Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How the New FBI Damages Democracy. The book chronicles how the FBI transformed itself after the 9/11 attacks from a law enforcement agency famous for prosecuting organized crime and corruption to arguably the most secretive domestic intelligence agency the country has ever seen. A 16-year veteran of federal law enforcement, German served as an FBI special agent, where he specialized in domestic terrorism and covert operations. He left the FBI in 2004 after reporting continuing deficiencies in FBI counterterrorism operations to Congress. German served as an adjunct professor of law enforcement and terrorism at National Defense University. He joined the ACLU’s Washington legislative office in 2006 and the Brennan Center in 2014. His first book, Thinking Like a Terrorist: Insights of a Former FBI Undercover Agent, was published in 2007.