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January 07, 2014, 03:44:49 AM
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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.”

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/01/05/fbi_drops_law_enforcement_as_primary_mission#sthash.dTe9DVfT.TBA85khX.dpuf
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January 07, 2014, 10:05:04 AM
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this is no accident .... if it was law enforcement it would mean they have to uphold the constitution and begin prosecuting themselves and NSA for fourth amendment violations ... if it is national security then anything goes ... they can officially become a criminal organisation of the state without repercussion by dropping "law enforcement" as their primary mission.

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January 07, 2014, 10:13:07 AM
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Every care must be taken that our auxiliaries, being stronger than our citizens, may not grow to be too much for them and become savage tyrants instead of friends and allies - Plato
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January 07, 2014, 03:25:03 PM
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this is no accident .... if it was law enforcement it would mean they have to uphold the constitution and begin prosecuting themselves and NSA for fourth amendment violations ... if it is national security then anything goes ... they can officially become a criminal organisation of the state without repercussion by dropping "law enforcement" as their primary mission.


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January 19, 2014, 05:01:24 AM
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has decided to revise a controversial fact sheet that declared its primary mission to be "national security," following criticism that the agency seemed to be moving away from its longstanding role as the nation's preeminent law enforcement agency.
The change emphasizes that stopping terrorism and battling more conventional domestic criminal activity are both "primary functions" of the FBI. The lightning-fast revision should dispel any notion that large bureaucratic organizations can only operate at a snail's pace: The fact sheet was updated less than 48 hours after a report on it in Foreign Policy went viral last week. An FBI official confirmed that the change was a direct result of the article.
"It's most accurate to say our primary functions are law enforcement and national security and that's probably what it should've said all along," FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told FP. "We've always been both."
The changes come after FP reported Jan. 5 that that FBI fact sheets declared "the primary function of the FBI is national security."

Two days later, on Jan. 7, the language changed to "the primary functions of the FBI are national security and law enforcement."

"That has to be some kind of a record," said Kel McClanahan, a Washington-based attorney who alerted FP to the original fact sheet revisions. "Doing this so quickly and so obviously cover your ass-y seems beneath them."
For some critics of the U.S. national security state, the FBI's creeping advance into counterterrorism since the 9/11 attacks has come at the cost of investigating other illegal activities such as mortgage fraud, financial fraud, violent crime, and bank robberies. Those critics seized on last week's report as evidence of the FBI's further drift toward counterterrorism.
"If the FBI's primary mission is ‘national security,' what's the Department of Homeland Security's mission?" asked the Government Accountability Project's Jesselyn Radack.
Others accused the agency of rebranding itself in order to extract more funding from Congress. "How many terror plots are there in this country? Not that many, but that's where the big bucks are," said Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks webcast. The article was also picked up by the Drudge Report and the massive link-sharing site Reddit.
Bresson said critics were wrongly confusing a small change on a fact sheet with a substantive change in priorities.
"You're talking about a fact sheet, not a change in policy," he said. "The FBI's mission today, and throughout the course of our history, has been law enforcement and national security."
This may not be the final word on the issue. The fact sheets accompany every response the agency gives to Freedom of Information Act requests. The latest change was discovered by FOIA expert Shawn Musgrave who has already filed a public records request for the internal memos related to the fact sheet revisions. We'll keep you posted.

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/01/17/in_reversal_fbi_now_emphasizes_role_in_law_enforcement
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January 19, 2014, 05:06:44 AM
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has decided to revise a controversial fact sheet that declared its primary mission to be "national security," following criticism that the agency seemed to be moving away from its longstanding role as the nation's preeminent law enforcement agency.
The change emphasizes that stopping terrorism and battling more conventional domestic criminal activity are both "primary functions" of the FBI. The lightning-fast revision should dispel any notion that large bureaucratic organizations can only operate at a snail's pace: The fact sheet was updated less than 48 hours after a report on it in Foreign Policy went viral last week. An FBI official confirmed that the change was a direct result of the article.
"It's most accurate to say our primary functions are law enforcement and national security and that's probably what it should've said all along," FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told FP. "We've always been both."
The changes come after FP reported Jan. 5 that that FBI fact sheets declared "the primary function of the FBI is national security."

Two days later, on Jan. 7, the language changed to "the primary functions of the FBI are national security and law enforcement."

"That has to be some kind of a record," said Kel McClanahan, a Washington-based attorney who alerted FP to the original fact sheet revisions. "Doing this so quickly and so obviously cover your ass-y seems beneath them."
For some critics of the U.S. national security state, the FBI's creeping advance into counterterrorism since the 9/11 attacks has come at the cost of investigating other illegal activities such as mortgage fraud, financial fraud, violent crime, and bank robberies. Those critics seized on last week's report as evidence of the FBI's further drift toward counterterrorism.
"If the FBI's primary mission is ‘national security,' what's the Department of Homeland Security's mission?" asked the Government Accountability Project's Jesselyn Radack.
Others accused the agency of rebranding itself in order to extract more funding from Congress. "How many terror plots are there in this country? Not that many, but that's where the big bucks are," said Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks webcast. The article was also picked up by the Drudge Report and the massive link-sharing site Reddit.
Bresson said critics were wrongly confusing a small change on a fact sheet with a substantive change in priorities.
"You're talking about a fact sheet, not a change in policy," he said. "The FBI's mission today, and throughout the course of our history, has been law enforcement and national security."
This may not be the final word on the issue. The fact sheets accompany every response the agency gives to Freedom of Information Act requests. The latest change was discovered by FOIA expert Shawn Musgrave who has already filed a public records request for the internal memos related to the fact sheet revisions. We'll keep you posted.

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/01/17/in_reversal_fbi_now_emphasizes_role_in_law_enforcement

Good, now the criminals inside the FBI who have been violating the Fourth Amendment will be prosecuted by their own?

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January 19, 2014, 06:44:11 AM
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Nope, Civil Rights Division is a mirage of BULLSHIT, that will NEVER prosecute its own agency, let alone the entire government for being totalitarian civil rights violating pieces of scum.

Saying that you don't trust someone because of their behavior is completely valid.
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