Skip to comments.FBI Drops Law Enforcement as 'Primary Mission'
Posted on 01/06/2014 8:20:50 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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.
McClanahan noticed the change last month while reviewing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the agency. The FBI fact sheet accompanies every FOIA response and highlights a variety of facts about the agency. After noticing the change, McClanahan reviewed his records and saw that the revised fact sheets began going out this summer. "I think they're trying to rebrand," he said. "So many good things happen to your agency when you tie it to national security."
Although a spokesman with the agency declined to weigh in on the timing of the change, he said the agency is just keeping up with the times. "When our mission changed after 9/11, our fact sheet changed to reflect that," FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told Foreign Policy. He noted that the FBI's website has long-emphasized the agency's national security focus. "We rank our top 10 priorities and CT [counterterrorism] is first, counterintel is second, cyber is third," he said. "So it is certainly accurate to say our primary function is national security."(continued)
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I thought national security was the job of National Security.
The F, the B, and the I have been the agency in charge of political blackmail all along; everything else is window dressing for the gullible.
It’s difficult to be a law enforcement agency when most of the government is composed of criminals.
Shall I presume this FBI National Security is related to an outreach to Muslims?
More likely, the DNC.
The advantage of a “national security” as a mission is that it is amorphous and can be used to criminalize just about any behavior they choose.
Well then, one of the largest threats to NS is Bammy. He (and E. H0lder) needs to be arrested immediately before he does more damage.
Read the transcripts of the LBJ tapes when he was Prez. Hoover was his personal snoop for getting the goods on his political opponents.
No, it’s the responsibility of Homeland Security, or maybe the CIA or maybe the NSA, or the Coast Guard or the Border Patrol, or the BATFE, or (name your favorite US gov’t paramilitary org. here).
Of course they have. Their new job is to protect the Federal Government from the Citizens that it abuses.
Neither statement is correct. The primary mission of the FBI is identical to that of the Justice Department. Security of the Party. Which party is not too hard to figure out.
Emergence of the American Cheka. With a subtle shift in mission statement, two little words, they can now circumvent ALL constitutional strictures on law enforcement.
Guess who got J. Edgar Hoover that job in the first place?
FDR, wasn’t it?
Show me the man and I’ll find you his crime. - Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria, People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD), (the ministry which oversaw the state security and police forces.)
Makes me feel better to know we have our own ‘state security’ now! Another long time Progressive dream realized!
The purpose of the FBI is to assist state and local law enforcement and investigate crimes that take place across state lines.
Of course, since 9/11, they have expanded into terrorism, spying and intelligence collecting to a large degree.
I’m still waiting for the FBI to release the info from those Solyndra computers that they had to grab before we could see where all the money came from
No, it was FDR’s classmate at law school, Colonel William “Wild Bill” Donovan (US Army National Guard-New York), WWI Medal of Honor recipient and later the head of the OSS (predecessor to the CIA) and a very strong Democrat.
New mission will be persecuting conservative tea party types and returning veterans.
Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!
To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...
Well if the primary function is National Security we don’t need DHS then do we!
Just wait until the mission creep changes to “political orthodoxy.” /S
Ha, to think congress was worried it was just the NSA spying on them.
Sure we do— DHS is the department of immigration representation and NASA is the department of muzzie outreach.
GG and Paladin, It looks as if the defination of ‘crime’ has changed and the FBI will be coming after the evil Tea Party folks....
No, their job is to read everybody's e-mails and FaceButt pages and watch porn on the taxpayer's dime..............
guess they finally got around to stating the obvious
My bet is that there is a much more base reason for this — if an agency has “national security” in its mission, it probably has a better chance of getting more taxpayer $$$$$ out of Congress or under some budgetary rules, or perhaps even gets an ability to shield part of its budget from scrutiny.
If the “primary mission” is National Security, then why do we need TWO National Security Agencies, FBI and NSA?
Let’s get rid of the redundant one.
Instead, in means keeping an eye on those evvviiill conservatives.
No, no, no...the effin’ bee eye are farmers!
They tend large crops of special astroturf terrorists that they specially harvest to hand the propagandist media stories that can be squealed and fawned over.
It also gives government cover for governments endless expansion, expense and greed.
So tell me again who’s in charge of law enforcement now? I can handle my own neighborhood but that leaves the rest of you on your own?
As predicted by The Sopranos. Not enough bandwith to chase Tony’s crew and AQ at the same time.
Hell, we already have the Central Intelligence Agency, State Department Security, Army, Navy and Air Force Security, Dept. of Energy Security, the Defense Intelligence Agency and probably a dozen I’m forgetting.
Well, at least their new primary mission isn’t to make muslims feel good about themselves like NASA’s primary mission.
From the 45 Current Communist Goals (1963) (The Naked Communist, by Cleon Skousen):
Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963
EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, January 10, 1963
You really have to hand it to ol' J. Edgar. He was the face of the FBI and probably 90% of the American people believed every word he said, even if it was an out-and-out lie. E.g., there's no such thing as la Cosa Nostra.
He even had certain members of the Hollywood set licking his faggy boots:
Over the years I’ve watched the decline of our government from “by and for the people” to “from the people for the government”. I’ve grown more and more disgusted daily... I am not a frog in a kettle. I am, though, fortunate enough to understand that timing of events is key, and that to move too quickly toward an objective is to tip your hand and to be eliminated with little or no headway toward your objective. The fact that an agency that is supposed to deal with criminal issues now claims to be working on national security is only a sign that government agencies are locking arms not for the preservation of our country, but for the preservation of the govrnment itself.
That having been said, I am reminded by this story, of two items from Frank Kafka’s “The Trial”: 1) the way in which Joseph K. is accused, tried and convicted, having never been told with what crimed he is charged; and 2) the quote that, to me, can be applied to our government that believes they can continue down the current path without repercussion: “It’s only because of their stupidity that they are able to be so sure of themselves.”
I really don’t care what an enemy calls itself. An overstepping government is the same no matter the label. The Constitution will be defended... Some say “When?” It will not be on a set schedule... But it will happen. Time is a valuable tool in war... A wise flag-grade officer once told me that “patience can win wars by allowing the enemy’s over-confidence to cause him assumptions which are dead wrong.” In other words, smile at them, let them get within range, let them be comfortable, let them relax, and while they rest, cut their throats.
The FBI does not keep a file on every citizen of the United States.
Just 99% or so.
Correct, but is it codified law as to what their mission is supposed to be? Law enforcement means one thing verses National Security which implies a whole other set of parameters. One's that are not delegated (codified by law) to this branch of government?
I may be wrong, but I do not believe their mission is codified by law. Since their inception, their duties have encompassed criminal justice and (national security) intelligence matters, and has flowed seamlessly between the two. If memory serves, their major expansion into the area of “national security” occurred during World War II, chasing saboteurs and espionage agents, prior to, and subsequently competing with the OSS and its successor, the CIA.
dont forget the DHS
>>Makes me feel better to know we have our own state security now! Another long time Progressive dream realized!
Yeah, realized by George W Bush when he created the Committee for State Security (or Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti in the original Russian)...err... I mean the Department of Homeland Security.
Agreed! The DHS should not exist.
But the FBI has previously served a legitimate function.
We seem to be moving towards competing abominations.
PArt of the ACLU’s operations against the FBI were done in the 1970’s (re COINTELLPRO) and led by a covert (but congressionally identified member of the Communist Party USA’s security group) Frank Donner, author of the ACLU’s attack book on the Bureau, entitled “The Un-Americans”.
Donner was the ACLU Surveillance Project leader at Yale Un (or maybe it was Harvard, but Yale seems more logical due to the presence of two CPUSA members/supporters, Prof. Thomas I. Emerson (id.) and Prof. Vern Countryman (supporter), Yale Un. Law School. Emerson was Hillary’s law profesor.
The other top CPUSA anti-intelligence operative, also a member of the CPUSA’s security organization, was Frank Wilkinson, a convict, who was the leader of a CP front, the National Committee to Abolish the House UnAmerican Activities Committee/House Internal Security Committee. [THey changed the name of the committee from House Committee on UnAmerican Activities to HUAC to make it sound silly].
I need to check but I believe Nancy Pelosi once honored Wilkinson for his anti-intelligence work under the rubric of protecting our “constitutional rights”.
Many Democrat congressmen and women support NAAHUAC/HISC, including Drinan, Edwards, Kastenmeier, Burton, Abzug, Fraser, Porter, Conyers, etc. and led the fight to destroy it, which they did in 1975.
Some leading members of the ACLU in the past have been members of the CPUSA front, the National Lawyers Guild and/or its split off, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).
Don’t get fooled because something says ACLU. They have done good work and they have done treason work. Be aware of just who they are.
When it comes to the real issues of internal security, they are they enemy.
I don’t trust the ACLU at all in most instances.
Every once and a while they will do something to protect someone’s constitutional rights — usually when they’ve be stepped on by the government.