39 Facts About FBI


Unlike the Central Intelligence Agency, which has no law enforcement authority and is focused on intelligence collection abroad, the FBI is primarily a domestic agency, maintaining 56 field offices in major cities throughout the United States, and more than 400 resident agencies in smaller cities and areas across the nation.

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FBI was established in 1908 as the Bureau of Investigation, the BOI or BI for short.

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FBI was chiefly responsible for creating the Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, or the FBI Laboratory, which officially opened in 1932, as part of his work to professionalize investigations by the government.

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The majority of the names on the list belonged to Issei community leaders, as the FBI investigation built on an existing Naval Intelligence index that had focused on Japanese Americans in Hawaii and the West Coast, but many German and Italian nationals found their way onto the FBI Index list.

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The FBI carried out controversial domestic surveillance in an operation it called the COINTELPRO, from "COunter-INTELligence PROgram".

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All of the FBI work was done undercover and from within these organizations, using the provisions provided in the RICO Act.

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In 2003, a congressional committee called the FBI's organized crime informant program "one of the greatest failures in the history of federal law enforcement.

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In 1982, the FBI formed an elite unit to help with problems that might arise at the 1984 Summer Olympics to be held in Los Angeles, particularly terrorism and major-crime.

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The FBI Laboratory helped develop DNA testing, continuing its pioneering role in identification that began with its fingerprinting system in 1924.

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Between 1993 and 1996, the FBI increased its counter-terrorism role following the first 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York City, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and the arrest of the Unabomber in 1996.

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FBI made countering every federal crime a top priority, including the prevention of terrorism, countering foreign intelligence operations, addressing cybersecurity threats, other high-tech crimes, protecting civil rights, combating public corruption, organized crime, white-collar crime, and major acts of violent crime.

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FBI pleaded guilty to espionage and received a life sentence in 2002, but the incident led many to question the security practices employed by the FBI.

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The Post reported, from Zegart's book, that government documents showed that both the CIA and the FBI had missed 23 potential chances to disrupt the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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The book blamed the FBI's decentralized structure, which prevented effective communication and cooperation among different FBI offices.

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The book suggested that the FBI had not evolved into an effective counter-terrorism or counter-intelligence agency, due in large part to deeply ingrained agency cultural resistance to change.

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FBI is organized into functional branches and the Office of the Director, which contains most administrative offices.

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The FBI is charged with the responsibility of enforcing compliance of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 and investigating violations of the act in addition to prosecuting such violations with the United States Department of Justice.

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Under the PATRIOT Act's provisions, the FBI resumed inquiring into the library records of those who are suspected of terrorism.

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The report said that between 2003 and 2005, the FBI had issued more than 140, 000 national security letters, many involving people with no obvious connections to terrorism.

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Information obtained through an FBI investigation is presented to the appropriate U S Attorney or Department of Justice official, who decides if prosecution or other action is warranted.

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HSI and the FBI are both integral members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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FBI is headquartered at the J Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D C, with 56 field offices in major cities across the United States.

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The FBI maintains over 400 resident agencies across the United States, as well as over 50 legal attaches at United States embassies and consulates.

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FBI Laboratory, established with the formation of the BOI, did not appear in the J Edgar Hoover Building until its completion in 1974.

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Public tours of FBI headquarters ran through the FBI laboratory workspace before the move to the J Edgar Hoover Building.

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The services of the FBI Laboratory are used by many state, local, and international agencies free of charge.

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FBI Academy, located in Quantico, Virginia, is home to the communications and computer laboratory the FBI utilizes.

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In 2000, the FBI began the Trilogy project to upgrade its outdated information technology infrastructure.

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The FBI has been forced to continue using its decade-old Automated Case Support system, which IT experts consider woefully inadequate.

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In March 2005, the FBI announced it was beginning a new, more ambitious software project, code-named Sentinel, which they expected to complete by 2009.

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The Associated Press reported in mid-January 2005 that the FBI essentially abandoned the use of Carnivore in 2001, in favor of commercially available software, such as NarusInsight.

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FBI provides these tools of sophisticated identification and information services to local, state, federal, and international law enforcement agencies.

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In June 2021, the FBI held a groundbreaking for its planned FBI Innovation Center, set to be built in Huntsville, Alabama.

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The current FBI director is Christopher A Wray appointed by President Donald Trump.

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FBI director is responsible for the day-to-day operations at the FBI.

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FBI publishes some reports for both law enforcement personnel as well as regular citizens covering topics including law enforcement, terrorism, cybercrime, white-collar crime, violent crime, and statistics.

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EGuardian is the name of an FBI system, launched in January 2009, to share tips about possible terror threats with local police agencies.

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FBI has been frequently depicted in popular media since the 1930s.

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The 2018 series FBI, set in NYC that follows the personal and professional lives of the agents assigned to 26 Federal Plaza.

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