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Michael German

Fellow with Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice
New York City, NY

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Michael German brings a background in intelligence and security to his current work: protecting civil liberties in the US's fight against terrorism.


Michael German is a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to ensure that the US government respects human rights and fundamental freedoms in its counterterrorism efforts. His work focuses on law enforcement and intelligence oversight and reform. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Mr. German served as the policy counsel for national security and privacy for the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, and as a special agent with the FBI, where he specialized in covert operations and domestic terrorism. He has served as an adjunct professor at the National Defense University and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Mr. German is the author of Thinking Like a Terrorist: Insights of a Former FBI Undercover Agent, and co-writer of the 2016 feature film, Imperium. He currently serves on the Constitution Project's Liberty and Security Committee and is a Senior Fellow with Mr. German graduated from the Northwestern University Law School, and graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Philosophy.


  • National Security/Law
  • Hate Crimes and Violence

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Terrorism, National Security, Law Enforcement, US Politics

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