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The FBI drops ‘law enforcement’ from its mission statement

Posted on January 6th, 2014 at 18:47 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


The Federal Bureau of Investigation may have bigger things to worry about than law enforcement. Foreign Policy is reporting a change in the bureau’s latest fact sheet, in which the agency’s primary mission has changed from “law enforcement” to “national security.” It’s in keeping with the bureau’s post-9/11 duties as the nation’s primary domestic counterterrorism agency, but the timing has many FBI-watchers scratching their heads. What’s changed in the last year to make the bureau shift away from law enforcement?

It’s likely easier to get a budget.

“National Security” is a much more vague and malleable statement. Law enforcement implies that you’re enforcing a set of given and known laws which you follow yourself as well. National Security allows you to justify any action that makes the “nation” more “secure.”

  1. Oh, law enforcement is just so last century. As are mission statements, incidentally.

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