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A Change in the FBI’s Mission

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Excerpted from Foreign Policy: The FBI’s creeping advance into the world of counterterrorism is nothing new. But quietly and without notice, the agency has finally decided to make it official in one of its organizational fact sheets. Instead of declaring “law enforcement” as its “primary function,” as it has for years, the FBI fact sheet now lists “national security” as its chief mission. The changes largely reflect the FBI reforms put in place after September 11, 2001, which some have criticized for de-prioritizing law enforcement activities. Regardless, with the 9/11 attacks more than a decade in the past, the timing of the edits is baffling some FBI-watchers.

“What happened in the last year that changed?” asked Kel McClanahan, a Washington-based national security lawyer.

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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11 thoughts on “A Change in the FBI’s Mission

  1. And here I thought the FBI’s job was to investigate alien abductions, people who eat (human) livers, strange creatures, and ghosts!
    (Sorry, just trying to introduce some guffaw into the convo.)

    Posted by Tomi | January 12, 2014, 8:16 am
  2. But seriously folks…..

    If you want to read a really good book about the FBI’s involvement with “national security”, I highly recommend Ali Soufan’s “The Black Banners”. He’s a former FBI agent who was deeply involved in counter-terrorism at the FBI in the time leading up to and following the 9/11/2001 attacks. (He’s now retired).

    I found it to be a fascinating read, even though the guy is clearly not a writer by profession. And, the large swathes of the text that are censored by the CIA is a grim reminder of just how much is still being withheld from us (for good or bad, although I tend toward thinking little should be kept secret).

    He steers clear of issues of politics, and lays most of the blame at the feet of bureaucrats, incompetence, egotists, and inter-agency jealousies as the cause of most of the failures of the “War on Terror.”

    Most of all, I enjoyed the book for helping me to understand the bigger picture of how OBL founded and grew his organization, and what happened to the various individuals involved in it. It was also refreshing to read the stories of operations that were successful, and how good intelligence was put to use.

    Posted by Tomi | January 12, 2014, 10:44 am
  3. And it’s ALWAYS about the money.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | January 12, 2014, 1:44 pm
  4. $$… plain and simple…

    Posted by oldnfo | January 12, 2014, 4:55 pm
  5. My concern is also what tasks they will do ‘in the field’, as the result of this larger focus?

    Posted by guffaw1952 | January 12, 2014, 6:57 pm

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