The FBI Is Having Trouble Finding Hackers Who Haven’t Smoked Weed In The Last Three Years

The FBI Is Having Trouble Finding Hackers Who Haven’t Smoked Weed In The Last Three Years
Technology
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

The FBI is considering changing its marijuana policy for new employees due to its struggles to find qualified candidates who haven’t smoked weed in the last three years.

According to the Wall Street Journal, FBI Director James B. Comey said at an annual conference last Monday that the agency will most likely have to loosen this restriction in order to recruit creative tech experts who best understand how to take down hackers.

The FBI plans to add 2,000 new agents this year, many of whom will be assigned to hunt cyber criminals.

Hackers and other tech-related criminals have become a top priority for the FBI, as five Chinese army officers were recently indicted for hacking into the computers of several US companies.

The FBI’s policy on marijuana, however, is eliminating the option to hire some of the most talented hackers available because many of them also really like to smoke.

Comey explained,

I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals, and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview.

The FBI is also more strict about marijuana and drug use than most other government agencies, WSJ reports.

The three year rule debuted in 2007 upon the abolition of its former marijuana policy, which stated that anyone who had smoked weed more than 15 times in his or her life couldn’t work for the agency.

FBI recruitment is also out of the question for anyone who has used any other illicit substances within the previous 10 years.

The Central Intelligence Agency, on the other hand, sets its limit at just 12 months prior to application in terms of when a potential hire could have last used drugs.

Comey said the agency is currently “grappling” with proposed solutions to make sure it attracts the most qualified applicants.

One attendee asked him about a friend who was about to apply but then found out the three year policy made him ineligible.

But Comey told him that “He should go ahead and apply,” even if he smokes.

H/T: Wall Street Journal, Photo Courtesy: Tumblr

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Sean Levinson

Sean Levinson loves writing almost as much as he loves ranting about politics. Elite Daily lets him do both, and he couldn't be happier now that he's finally putting his years at SUNY New Paltz to good use. When he's not writing, Sean enjoys nature excursions, playing the guitar and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Look for him on "Real Time with Bill Maher," where he regularly appears in his most precious fantasies.

More In Technology

Technology Carly Marsh

OkCupid Admits To Conducting Experiments On Users: Ethical Or Questionable?

Newsflash: If you’re an OKCupid user, there’s a 30 percent chance you’ve been used as a test subject. Surprise, surprise. “We experiment on human beings,” OKCupid President Christian Rudder said Monday. Rudder blogged about the experiments to which OKCupid subjected its users over the past year saying, We might create a lot of great relationships, we […]

Technology Sean Levinson

These Amazing ‘Smart Shoes’ Will Help Blind People Get Around Like Never Before

You’ll never walk into another person while reading directions again thanks to this incredible advancement in wearable technology. Mashable reports that Indian startup Ducere tech has invented smart shoes called Lechal (Hindi for “take me there”) containing a module that connects to an app via Bluetooth. Designed for the blind, the user enters a destination […]

Technology Sean Levinson

Genius Solar-Powered Plug Turns Any Window Into An Outlet

The unparalleled convenience of solar energy can now be yours thanks to this portable outlet that absorbs sunlight and converts it into electricity. Designed by Kyuho Song and Boa Oh, the Window Socket sticks to a wall that gets a lot of sunlight and, after eight hours of charging, is left with 10 hours of […]

Technology Ashley Fern

This MacGyver-Like Hair Clip Can And Will Actually Save Your Life

Remember those little, flimsy hair clips circa 1990? Well, apparently they are making a huge comeback as mini toolboxes. Yes, you read that correctly — toolboxes. Each sports a flat head screwdriver, a 5/16 wrench, a serrated edge that can even slice through a rope and a ruler! Sunglasses need tightening? Just take the hair clip […]

Also On Elite

Humor

Snoop Dogg’s Educational Video ‘Plizzanet Earth’ Teaches About ‘Rams And Sh*t,’ And It’s Hilarious

Snoop Dogg talking about “them rams or billy goats” in this video called “Plizzanet Earth” is actually hysterical. Jimmy Kimmel, who admittedly is “fascinated by the planet,” teamed up with Snoop to produce this educational documentary about our beloved earth. It’s narrated by the Dogg himself, who tells viewers about some “old, ancient sh*t” about […]

World

Insane-Looking Deep Sea Creature Is Pretty Much An Underwater Chainsaw (Video)

No, you’re not watching a clip from a science fiction film. A team of deep explorers from Nautilus Live expedition discovered this real, rare, purple siphonophore hanging out in the depths of the ocean. This video shows even the most experienced of deep dwellers having a hard time accepting this creature as a living thing. But it is. […]

Sports

Cristiano Ronaldo Says His Son Will Never Know Who His Mother Is

Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the mother of his 4-year-old son, Cristianinho, will “never be known.” Those are the exact words attributed to the Real Madrid star, according to the newly released official biography of Ronaldo’s own mom, Dolores Aveiro. Ronaldo’s sister, Elma, also added input on the subject, with her quoted by The Mirror as […]