Hundreds of FBI workers who were born overseas or have foreign ties are being subjected to extra internal surveillance, a report says. They complain it is unfair and discriminatory, and stalls their careers.
Everyone employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is subject to internal security screenings to ensure that the organization is not put at risk from possible spies within the network. However, those who have been hired by the bureau due to their foreign language and cultural skills, or have family members living overseas, say their career prospects are being hampered and they are not allowed to undertake certain assignments, The New York Times reports.
The FBI created the Post-Adjudication Risk Management program (PARM) to keep tabs on workers following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They wanted to monitor newly hired linguists who had access to sensitive material to make sure they would not be coerced by family members or friends into passing it on third parties.