The following excerpt of a transcript is from Sharyl Attkisson's interview with FBI whistleblower Special Agent Steve Friend.
When you say there are financial incentives for leadership to focus on domestic terrorism, do you mean they get bonuses if they bring cases?
Yes. They're, the SES, the senior executive staff level, it's beyond the GS14. Once you get into the GS15 level, there's a compensation package that's gonna be attached to that individual's field office or whatever their responsibility is meeting certain metrics. And there's a negotiation essentially back and forth between the SES and DOJ and federal government on, you know, what they deem to be good performance measures to meet. And the senior executive staff is gonna try to meet those measures because obviously it's gonna benefit their financials.
So is it accurate to say the local FBI offices that brought January 6th cases probably saw financial benefit, at least the individual executives with the FBI in those offices?
Yes. Yes there was. And on top of that, even just for the field office in general, the national security side of the house within the FBI is a very deep bucket of, pool of funds. So if you are able to open up a full investigation for national security reasons, it's not a secret that you're gonna have more money thrown at it than you could possibly imagine, and without a tremendous amount of oversight. I've been in situations to cut a $30,000 check for surveillance without question [for domestic terrorism cases]. Whereas on my, you know, previous experience, it took years to get a jump drive given to me.
Is it accurate to say, as far as you know, there were not bonuses being given for child exploitation cases?
As far as I know there weren't.
Note: Sharyl Attkisson asked the FBI for an interview and to comment on Friend's claim that FBI executives get bonuses for meeting quotas or goals of domestic terrorism cases, but the FBI declined the interview request and offered no comment on the topic.
Watch Sharyl's story about Steve Friend here or by clicking the link below.
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