|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.|
|Federal Bureau of Investigations|
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|Motto||Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity|
|Formation||July 26, 1908|
|Parent organization||United States Department of Justice|
|Headquarters||J. Edgar Hoover Building|
|Leader||Director of the FBI|
• FBI Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch|
• FBI Human Resources Branch
• FBI Information and Technology Branch
• FBI National Security Branch
• FBI Science and Technology Branch
|Wikipedia page||Federal Bureau of Investigation|
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.
J. Edgar Hoover
- Full article: J. Edgar Hoover
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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.
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
FBI on Wikispooks
|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||2015/05/20||FIFA||US District Court of New York indictment against 14 senior officials of the Swiss-based world football governing body FIFA|
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|File:Targetedandentrapped.pdf||report||May 2011||Various faculty members|
- ""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.