|Federal Bureau of Investigation|
|Motto||Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity|
|Formation||July 26, 1908|
|Headquarters||J. Edgar Hoover Building|
Director of the FBI|
Incumbent: Christopher Wray
Since 2 August 2017
• 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
|Interest of||Ronald Kessler, Betty Medsger|
|Exposed by||Mike German, Jesselyn Radack|
•FBI/Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch|
•FBI/Directorate of Intelligence
•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.|
- 1 Official Narrative
- 2 Activities
- 3 Investigations
- 4 History
- 5 Organization Structure
- 6 Documents by FBI
- 7 Related Document
- 8 Related Quotation
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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".
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.
|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.
The FBI coerces thousands of young people, as the price for settling a minor legal problem, into dangerous careers as an informants. Sarah Stillman, writing in The New Yorker' that "The snitch-based system has proved notoriously unreliable, fuelling wrongful convictions".
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. 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.
- Full article: Dallas occupy plot
- Full article: Dallas occupy plot
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.
Vince Foster's Death
J. Edgar Hoover
- Full article: 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. 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". However, biographer Kenneth D. Ackerman considers these kind of statements to be hyperbole.
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."
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."
"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."
Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau’s Image” by Matthew Cecil
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
|Title||Document type||Publication date||Subject(s)||Description|
|File:FBI Report - Terrorism 1980-2005.pdf||report||2005||Terrorism||Non-Muslims responsible for over 90% of all terrorist attacks in America|
|File:FIFA-indictment.pdf||indictment||20 May 2015||FIFA||US District Court of New York indictment against 14 senior officials of the Swiss-based world football governing body FIFA|
|File:JAR 16-20296.pdf||Report||29 December 2016||Russia|
2016 United States presidential election
|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 Memo||memo||22 November 1963||George H. W. Bush|
|An FBI memo deserving of further scrutiny|
|File:Targetedandentrapped.pdf||report||May 2011||Various faculty members|
|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. Truman||1947|
- ""Hoover, J. Edgar", The Columbia Encyclopedia" (Sixth ed.). Columbia University Press. 2007.
- Anthony Summers, "The secret life of J Edgar Hoover, The Guardian, Sunday January 1, 2012
- "Five myths about J. Edgar Hoover". Washington Post. November 9, 2011.