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It is supposed to be the nation’s elite police force, working to the highest standards of all. But hundreds of FBI agents each year are in fact having to be disciplined for serious breaches of misconduct, secret files have revealed.
In the past three years more than 1,000 FBI employees have been found guilty of inappropriate behaviour, including one agent who had a sexual relationship with a source.Another agent used FBI databases to get personal details about celebrities he thought were ‘hot’. And one male member of staff shared confidential information with his news reporter girlfriend, and then threatened to release a sex tape the two had made unless she kept it quiet.
The litany of misconduct was detailed in confidential summaries of disciplinary rulings obtained by CNN. The disclosure threatens to undermine the FBI’s reputation for, as its own motto points out, ‘Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity’.
The bureau could also face harsh criticism over its refusal to fire any of those caught out, even though the offences were of a grave nature. Among the toughest punishments was for the agent who had the seven-month sexual relationship with a source. He was suspended for 40 days.
In another case a supervisor who viewed pornography in his office during work hours, while 'sexually satisfying himself' (so the file states) got a 35-day suspension.
You know, our employees are human, as we all are. We all make mistakes. So, our discipline is intended to reflect that. ‘We understand that employees can make mistakes, will make mistakes. When appropriate, we will decide to remove an employee. '[When we believe that an employee can be rehabilitated and should be given a second chance, we do that.’
Originally posted by Maxwell_Orlandis
And here I was, expecting a sex tape starring Gillian Anderson
On a more serious note though, it's a real shame albeit expected. A lot of people who have acces to special databases use it for the wrong purposes.