I Walked Away From the FBI And the Career I Once Loved — Here’s Why

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During an interview with Fox News, former FBI special agent Nicole Parker described why she walked away from the career that she once loved.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Parker was working for Merrill Lynch on the top floor of the World Financial Center in New York City. After witnessing the horrors of the deadly terrorist attacks and escaping, she left her career at the multibillion-dollar hedge fund in 2009 and applied to become an FBI special agent.

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Out of 45,000 people who applied, she made the cut of 900 and successfully became an agent.

Her entire career was spent in the field where she would rescue victims and arrest dangerous criminals.

However, after 12 years of service, she said the FBI transformed dramatically.

Parker explained, “On paper, the bureau’s mission remained the same, but its priorities and governing principles shifted dramatically. The FBI became politically weaponized, starting from the top in Washington and trickling down to the field offices.”

After the FBI had become “weaponized” for political purposes, she said “I no longer felt that I was the type of agent the FBI valued.”

For example, Parker explains, FBI agents historically were not at liberty to publicly express any potential political support while on duty wearing official FBI gear. This makes sense.

However, on June 4, 2020, there was a massive shift in this policy as FBI agents posed in photos and videos kneeling before Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington, D.C. These agents were working on official duty and supposedly protecting our nation.

It was suddenly allowed for the FBI to publicly and openly support a radical and violent left-wing political agenda.

“There was no reprimand for any of the agents who knelt that day,” Parker noted. “In fact, many ended up getting highly sought-after promotions and were offered $100 gift cards by the FBI Agents Association.”

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“I made the difficult decision and quietly walked away from the FBI with an exemplary and spotless record,” Parker said. “I love the FBI I joined. I have treasured memories of working alongside remarkable people.”

“I’m proud to have served with honor as a special agent. And while I sincerely pray for the FBI’s future success, the FBI’s troubles of late are bigger than anything I could change.”

Here’s more of her insight via Fox News:

Americans see this, and it is destroying the bureau’s credibility, causing Americans to lose faith in the agency and therefore the hardworking and highly ethical agents who still do the heavy lifting and pursue noble cases.

The majority of agents uphold their oath to support and defend the Constitution with fairness and integrity.

There has also been a shift in recruiting practices – a lowering of the eligibility requirements – which is negatively impacting the agency’s performance.

All this adds up to a loss of trust in the FBI by many Americans and low morale among many FBI employees.

As a result, teams are less cohesive, less trusting of each other and less safe. For many, becoming a special agent was their calling in life, but now it’s merely an extremely high-risk job with minimal contentment.

For many, becoming a Special Agent was their calling in life, but now it’s merely an extremely high-risk job with minimal contentment.