Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: The partial
government shutdown is now in its fifth week. And if nothing changes come
Friday, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will miss another paycheck.
Among those federal workers, FBI agents. The FBI Agents Association says
without funding, that important counterterrorism, drug and child abuse
investigations are stalled. Thomas O'Connor is president of the association,
which advocates for more than 14,000 former and active FBI special agents.
And he joins me now. Mr. O'Connor, welcome to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. THOMAS
O'CONNOR: Thank you for having me. KELLY: So point me towards an example.
When you say that investigations, operations that should be unfolding,
aren't, give me one example. O'CONNOR: Well, we reached out to our field
agents and asked them to give us examples. And I'll read you just one of the
many. It's, quote, "not being able to pay confidential human sources risks
losing them and the information