FBI Rebranding?

Friday, January 10, 2014


In an article for Foreign Policy’s ‘The Cable”, reporter John Hudson noted a substitution in the FBI’s fact sheet: its primary function had been changed from ‘law enforcement’ to ‘national security.’ Brooke talks to Tim Weiner, author of Enemies: A History of the FBI, about this not so new mission statement. 


Tim Weiner

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [3]

Ian Wright from Rockville, MD

I think that the most annoying thing about this interview is that Weiner didn't seem to be so much a scholar on the FBI as he was a shill for the FBI. The mere fact that he had to be pushed as hard as he was on the fact that the FBI isn't going after financial crimes and the worshipful way that he referred to everything about the FBI as "national security" had me finding it impossible to take this interview seriously.

Jan. 14 2014 12:36 PM
Frank from Baltimore

Weiner suggested in this interview that Congress mandated the FBI to divert resources from finding financial fraud to anti-terror. But I recall James K. Galbraith and Bill Black arguing that, in fact, that was an executive decision, and could be reversed by the executive.

Who's right? Did Congress by statute reallocate resources from finance fraud to terror, or was that an executive decision by the director of the FBI or the president?

Jan. 12 2014 07:30 PM

Where can I find music played during this segment?

Jan. 12 2014 04:17 PM

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