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Group.png Federal Bureau of Investigation   History Commons Powerbase Sourcewatch Spartacus
US-FBI-ShadedSeal.svg
Motto Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity
Formation July 26, 1908
Parent organization USDOJ
Headquarters J. Edgar Hoover Building
Leader Director of the FBI
Subgroups • FBI Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch
• FBI Directorate of Intelligence
• FBI Human Resources Branch
• FBI Information and Technology Branch
• FBI National Security Branch
• FBI Science and Technology Branch
• FBI Academy
• FBI Laboratory
Staff 35,104
Website http://www.FBI.gov
Interest of Ronald Kessler, Betty Medsger
Exposed by Mike German, Jesselyn Radack
SubpageFBI/Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch
FBI/Directorate of Intelligence
FBI/Laboratory
FBI/National Security Branch
Formerly focused on "law enforcement", the Federal Bureau of Investigation 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.

Official Narrative

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]

Problems

The FBI has a roster of 15,000 spies who not only infiltrate and report back information, but actively assist and encourage people to commit "terrorism", so that the FBI can then catch them. In 2012 Project Censored reported that the "majority of terrorist plots in the United States" are actually incited by FBI agents, and reports that such informants receive cash rewards of up to $100,000 per case.[2][3]

Activities

A video by James Corbett

In the days of Edgar Hoover, the FBI was widely feared as a tool of blackmail. These days, its activities seem more blatant.

Entrapment

The FBI coerces thousands of young people, as the price for settling a minor legal problem, into dangerous careers as an informants.[4] Sarah Stillman, writing in The New Yorker' that "The snitch-based system has proved notoriously unreliable, fuelling wrongful convictions".[4]

Mass Surveillance

Since at least 2010, the FBI has been planting hidden microphones in a range of places from light fixtures in courthouses to carparks, bushes and bus stops.[5] January 2016 guidelines (based on the UK's widely criticised Prevent programme) told high schools across the USA to report students who criticize government policies and “western corruption” as potential future terrorists.[6]

Assassinations

Full article: Dallas occupy plot

FBI documents uncovered in 2013 through FOIA reveal that the FBI either turned a blind eye to or abetted a plot to assassinate leaders of the Dallas Occupy movement.[7][8]

Although the FBI tracks how many police officers die in the line of duty, it keeps no such record for how many civilians are killed by police each year.[9]

Investigations

Vince Foster's Death

The US Congress concluded that the death of Vince Foster was a suicide.

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.[10] 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".[11] However, biographer Kenneth D. Ackerman considers these kind of statements to be hyperbole.[12]

Statements

Matt Connolly, a former Deputy District Attorney noted in 2015 that the FBI does not record its interviews. Instead, "two FBI agents ask questions and listen to the answers—without tape recording or obtaining a certified transcript. Instead, they return to their office and, based on their recollection and any notes they may have taken during the interview, write up a summary of what transpired. Summaries are, in most cases, written hours later, sometimes even the following day." This record, inaccurate as it might be, then becomes the "official record of what was said during the interview."[13]

Public relations

Russ Baker wrote in 2014 that "What the FBI excelled at, especially under its long-time chief J. Edgar Hoover, was a non-stop public relations campaign that portrayed the agency as a heroic band of G-men who skillfully tracked and felled dangerous criminals."[14]

"After a few tentative steps into the realm of publicity during the late 1920s, the Bureau became a key element of FDR’s New Deal war on crime in the mid-1930s. Two journalists, independent author Courtney Ryley Cooper and Neil (Rex) Collier, collaborated with Hoover and his top lieutenants to create a template for FBI news stories emphasizing responsibility and science and featuring Hoover as America’s always careful and reliable top law enforcement officer. With the creation of the public relations-oriented Crime Records Section in 1935 and the establishment of clear lines of public communication authority, Hoover had both a public relations message and a management team to amplify and enforce it."[15]
Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau’s Image” by Matthew Cecil

Organization Structure

FBI-organizational-chart.jpg The FBI Directorate of Intelligence used to be part of the NSB but as of 2014 operates as a separate organizational entity within FBI.  

Documents by FBI

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
File:FBI Report - Terrorism 1980-2005.pdfreport2005TerrorismNon-Muslims responsible for over 90% of all terrorist attacks in America
File:FIFA-indictment.pdfindictment20 May 2015FIFAUS District Court of New York indictment against 14 senior officials of the Swiss-based world football governing body FIFA
File:JAR 16-20296.pdfReport29 December 2016Russia
2016 United States presidential election
Hacking
Joint analysis report on alleged efforts by the Russian state to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election by means of computer hacking.
The Parrott Memomemo22 November 1963George H. W. Bush
JFK/Assassination
An FBI memo deserving of further scrutiny
 

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TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
File:Targetedandentrapped.pdfreportMay 2011Various faculty members
 

Related Quotation

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Harry S. Truman“Dear Bess... We want no Gestapo or secret police. FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail... Edgar Hoover would give his right eye to take over, and all congressmen and senators are afraid of him. I'm not and he knows it. If I can prevent [it] there'll be no NKVD or Gestapo in this country. Edgar Hoover's orgnization would make a good start toward a citizen spy system. Not for me.”Harry S. Truman1947


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