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FBI Drops Law Enforcement as 'Primary Mission'
Foreign Policy Magazine's The Cable ^ | January 5, 2014 | John Hudson

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: crime; fbi; lawenforcement; patriotact
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To: null and void

Ping.


21 posted on 01/06/2014 8:58:46 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: ArtDodger

New mission will be persecuting conservative tea party types and returning veterans.


22 posted on 01/06/2014 9:00:11 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...

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...

23 posted on 01/06/2014 9:04:20 AM PST by null and void (It is as if they all had one head. Too bad they don’t all have one neck.)
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Well if the primary function is National Security we don’t need DHS then do we!


24 posted on 01/06/2014 9:04:45 AM PST by thegrump (It is who we are. It is what we do. Live for nothing or die for something !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just wait until the mission creep changes to “political orthodoxy.” /S


25 posted on 01/06/2014 9:16:16 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ha, to think congress was worried it was just the NSA spying on them.


26 posted on 01/06/2014 9:22:04 AM PST by bgill
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To: thegrump

Sure we do— DHS is the department of immigration representation and NASA is the department of muzzie outreach.


27 posted on 01/06/2014 9:25:33 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

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....


28 posted on 01/06/2014 9:26:15 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: ArtDodger
I thought national security was the job of National Security.

No, their job is to read everybody's e-mails and FaceButt pages and watch porn on the taxpayer's dime..............

29 posted on 01/06/2014 9:27:00 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: null and void

guess they finally got around to stating the obvious


30 posted on 01/06/2014 9:32:19 AM PST by Nifster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


31 posted on 01/06/2014 9:47:23 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


32 posted on 01/06/2014 9:50:35 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Democrats believe in a two-party system—the masters and the slaves.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Unfortunately “national security” does not include stopping Chechen bombers.

Instead, in means keeping an eye on those evvviiill conservatives.

33 posted on 01/06/2014 9:52:20 AM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: BuffaloJack

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.


34 posted on 01/06/2014 10:11:09 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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?


35 posted on 01/06/2014 10:16:58 AM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As predicted by The Sopranos. Not enough bandwith to chase Tony’s crew and AQ at the same time.


36 posted on 01/06/2014 10:17:25 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: BuffaloJack

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.


37 posted on 01/06/2014 10:20:57 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, at least their new primary mission isn’t to make muslims feel good about themselves like NASA’s primary mission.


38 posted on 01/06/2014 10:27:24 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

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

http://www.uhuh.com/nwo/communism/comgoals.htm

39 posted on 01/06/2014 10:39:56 AM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Whatever the FIB wants us to think it is now, it was never what was depicted on the TV back when.

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:

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. recalls J. Edgar Hoover

40 posted on 01/06/2014 10:40:25 AM PST by logician2u
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