In light of the Nunes memo and news reports spotlighting the activities of the FBI, I am compelled to comment. I do not know what the FISA Court knew or did not know regarding the issuance of surveillance warrants or who paid for the “dossier” or the motivation behind it. There are multiple versions describing the warrant application to the FISA Court.

However, I spent 30 years as a special agent with the FBI and 22 more years with another judicial agency. During this time, I worked with and alongside some of the finest men and women who have dedicated their lives to the FBI and the Department of Justice.

The rank-and-file men and women of the FBI and DOJ are dedicated, hardworking, conscientious and committed to keeping our country safe from enemies, foreign and domestic. These men and women are professional and nonpartisan in carrying out their sworn duty to serve and protect. They should not be viewed in the same light as the few who became biased and political.

Our country and democracy are safer today because of the individuals who pledge themselves to Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity.

Daniel Stankoski