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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the primary unit in the United States Department of Justice, serving as both a federal criminal investigative body and a domestic intelligence agency. The FBI has investigative jurisdiction over violations of over than 200 categories of federal crime. Its motto is "Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity," corresponding to the "FBI" initialism.

The FBI was formed in 1908 (then called the Bureau of Investigation, BOI), its current headquarters located at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C.

Current duties Edit

  1. Protect the United States from terrorist attack (counter-terrorism);
  2. Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage (counter-intelligence);
  3. Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes (cyber-warfare);
  4. Combat public corruption at all levels;
  5. Protect civil rights;
  6. Combat transnational/national criminal organizations and enterprises (organized crime);
  7. Combat major white-collar crime;
  8. Combat significant violent crime;
  9. Upgrade technology for successful performance of the FBI's mission.

Director of the FBI Edit

The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is a position appointed by the President of the United States and requires confirmation from Congress.

The FBI director is responsible for the day-to-day operations at the FBI. Along with his deputies, the director ensures cases and operations are handled correctly. The director also is in charge of staffing the leadership in any one of the FBI field offices with qualified agents. Before the September 11 attacks, the director would brief the President on any issues that arise from within the FBI. Since then the director reports to the Director of National Intelligence, who in turn reports to the President.

Known Directors Edit

See also Edit

Name Term Notes
J. Edgar Hoover 1936–72
L. Patrick Gray 1972–73 Acting
William Ruckelshaus 1973 Acting
Clarence M. Kelley 1973–78
James B. Adams 1978 Acting
William H. Webster 1978–87
John E. Otto 1987 Acting
William S. Sessions 1987–93
Floyd I. Clarke 1993 Acting
Louis Freeh 1993–2001
Thomas J. Pickard 2001 Acting
Robert S. Mueller 2001–16
Nathanael Weaver 2016–Present