Failure to Vet 100%

By Charles Michael Johnson Jr.

Charles Michael Johnson Jr. is a Senior Executive with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Prior to joining GAO's International Affairs and Trade team, Mr. Johnson was an Assistant Director in GAO's Homeland Security and Justice team, where he was responsible for leading work on justice and law enforcement issues, including the FBI's post-9/11 realignment to focus on counterterrorism/counterintelligence. He also spent a year detailed to the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee from 2005 to 2006.

The U.S. government has continued providing military support to Egypt despite the 2013 military coup that overthrew then-president Mohamed Morsi. Moreover, the U.S. State Department and Department of Defense have failed to conduct proper vetting of human rights violations by Egyptian forces that receive U.S. aid, according to a recently published report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Cipher Brief spoke with the Director of International Counterterrorism and Security Assistance Issues at GAO, Charles Johnson, who also headed up the 2016 report.

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