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Formerly focussed on "law enforcement", the Federal Bureau of Investigations has since 2013 been officially prioritising "national security". Director for life J. Edgar Hoover used it for multiple purposes over the decades - most notably muckraking for information to be used later as blackmail material.

FBI
Motto Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity
Parent organization United States Department of Justice
Formerly focussed on "law enforcement", the Federal Bureau of Investigations has since 2013 been officially prioritising "national security". Director for life J. Edgar Hoover used it for multiple purposes over the decades - most notably muckraking for information to be used later as blackmail material.

Primary Mission

The 'primary mission' of the FBI, formerly "law enforcement" was noted to have silently changed in 2013 to "national security". FBI spokesman Paul Bresson stated dryly that "When our mission changed after 9/11, our fact sheet changed to reflect that".[1]

History

J. Edgar Hoover

Full article: J. Edgar Hoover

More than anyone else, J. Edgar Hoover was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death in 1972 at age 77. Hoover built the FBI into a large crime-fighting agency, and used it as a an information gathering apparatus to collect blackmail material on political dissenters, activists and political leaders.[2] According to President Harry S. Truman, Hoover transformed the FBI into his private secret police force; Truman stated that "we want no Gestapo or secret police. FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail. J. Edgar Hoover would give his right eye to take over, and all congressmen and senators are afraid of him".[3] However, biographer Kenneth D. Ackerman considers these kind of statements to be hyperbole.[4]


External links

References

  1. http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/01/05/fbi_drops_law_enforcement_as_primary_mission#sthash.dTe9DVfT.jIRBPwhT.dpbs
  2. "Hoover, J. Edgar", The Columbia Encyclopedia (Sixth ed.). Columbia University Press. 2007. 
  3. Anthony Summers, "The secret life of J Edgar Hoover, The Guardian, Sunday January 1, 2012
  4. "Five myths about J. Edgar Hoover". Washington Post. November 9, 2011. 
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