The American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office appointed Michael German as Policy Counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy. A former FBI agent, German brings extensive national security and intelligence experience as well as a lifelong dedication to civil liberties. German is a sixteen-year veteran of the FBI, where he served as a Special Agent in domestic terrorism, bank fraud and public corruption investigations. While at the FBI, German also served in undercover operations, successfully helping to prevent several terrorist attacks. He resigned in 2004 to make Congress and the public aware of the continuing deficiencies in FBI counterterrorism operations after the implementation of the 9/11 Commission's reforms. After leaving the FBI, German formed Hotei Consulting, where he urged Congress to adopt better intelligence policies in the wake of 9/11. He was also as an adjunct professor at the National Defense University School for National Security Executive Education.
FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley discussed the problems facing the FBI and the intelligence community, as well as the bombshell memo she had written to her superiors about Al Qaeda prior to the 9/11 attacks. She was joined by Michael German and Ray McGovern of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).