History & Background

FLASHBACK: FBI Director James Comey gushes about the ADL at their National Leadership Summit

"If this sounds a little bit like a love letter to the ADL, it is, because I intend it so."

In April of 2014, FBI Director James Comey spoke at the ADL’s “National Leadership Summit.”

In a compilation of clips from the event unearthed and edited by Decensored News, he and Barry Curtiss-Lusher, National Chair of the ADL at the time, explain how intertwined the two organizations are, including the ADL training “every new agent” since the year 2000.


“ADL works more closely with law enforcement than any other private organization,” said Curtiss-Lusher while introducing Comey, “and the law enforcement agency with which we have worked the longest & the most extensively is the FBI.”

“We are enormously proud of our partnership with the Bureau.”

The ADL has “trained more than 12,000 law enforcement personnel last year alone,” noted Comey during his remarks.

Comey went on to gush about the ADL, at one point stating: “If this sounds a little bit like a love letter to the ADL, it is, because I intend it so.”

Here’s Comey again in 2017, reflecting on his 2014 remarks, and the FBI’s on-going “partnership” with the ADL:

“I labeled that speech three years ago a ‘love letter to the ADL.’ Three years later, I can say, from the perspective of the FBI: We are still in love with you.”

As an aside: Some of us thought the FBI’s greatest love was seeking out and grooming unstable individuals to become the very “terrorists” that they supposedly exist to fight, but you learn something new every day.

Here’s current FBI director Christopher Wray in 2022, with a glowing introduction from ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt:

“On an almost weekly basis, our team at the ADL… is in touch with the [FBI],” said Greenblatt during his introduction.

“I want to thank the ADL today for your support in conducting the training that all of our new special agents and intelligence analysts participate in,” said Wray during his remarks.

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