I’m proud to be a whistleblower. I knew I did the right thing by reporting fraud within the FBI.
Last week, the National Whistleblower Center asked you to watch a speech where former FBI Director James Comey spoke about whistleblowers. Director Comey talked about my case in that speech
(referring to me as “Michael Kobus”), about how I had to spend nearly a decade to get justice after the FBI retaliated against me for reporting fraud and abuse. He used my example to show how badly the FBI needed to change. Can you imagine that I was placed on a deserted floor among 130 empty desks and not one employee had the courage to say this was wrong?
James Comey was right. The FBI needs to learn to embrace whistleblowers, as do all government agencies along with our nation as a whole. That starts with changing our attitude toward whistleblowers. I believe in a better FBI. I worked for the FBI for 35 years (1981 – 2016).
I lost my sister, Deborah Kobus, on 9/11, who was just 36 at the time of her death. It was the worst day of my life. I treat the FBI’s work, especially in counterterrorism, with the utmost seriousness. Blowing the whistle is a part of making the FBI stronger. Please listen to this NPR story to learn more about my case.
We need whistleblowers at the FBI now more than ever, and in this day and age, we need them throughout our government.
That’s why I’m asking you to stand with me in calling for Congress to support National Whistleblower Day. Stand Up For Whistleblowers with me.Robert Kobus