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    (1908- )
    Investigative division of the US Department of Justice
    Operates primarily within the borders of the United States
    Created as the Bureau of Investigation (1908)
    Early work focused on financial crimes
    J. Edgar Hoover made director (1924-1972)
    Crime lab established (1932)
    Renamed the FBI (1935)
    FBI National Academy established (1935)
    Worked to prevent espionage and sabotage on US soil during World War II
    Ten Most Wanted List first published (1950)
    Investigated the JFK assassination (1963)
    Appointed its first female Special Agents (c.1972)
    Began engaging in counter terrorism operations (1982)
    Uncovered numerous Soviet spies and conducted the war on drugs during the 1980s
    Captured several Islamic terrorists after the World Trade Center Bombing (1993)
    Helped solve the Oklahoma City Bombing and Unabomber cases
    Investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks (2001)
    Investigated anthrax-laden letters (2001)
    FBI Director is Robert Mueller III (2001- )
    Employs over 11,000 Special Agents
    Has investigative jurisdiction over 200 federal crimes
    Operates 56 field offices and 400 satellite offices across the nation
    Budget is $4.3 billion
    Web site is
    It provides the copyright warning that appears on commercial videotapes and DVDs.
    It has been accused of overlooking intelligence that could have lead to the uncovering of the 9/11 plot before it was carried out.
    It caved to Richard Nixon and stopped the Watergate investigation.
    Some of its agents have been fired for misconduct.
    It labeled Richard Jewell as the prime suspect in the 1996 Olympic bombing, but Jewell was never charged and later cleared of wrongdoing.
    Several of its agents have become Soviet spies including Richard Miller and Robert Hanssen.
    It was lead by J. Edgar Hoover for 48 years, about half the time of its existence.
    Hoover occasionally used FBI money and manpower for personal purposes (such as remodeling his house).
    It sometimes conducts illegal searches and seizures on innocent people.
    Its agents were not officially authorized to carry guns and make arrests until the late 1930s.
    During the 1990s, its crime lab was giving out poor analysis of evidence, forcing many cases to be reopened.
    FBI agents and security forces have saved countless lives in the agency's history.
    It has helped capture hundreds of terrorists living in the US after 9/11.
    Many of its employees give up high-paying jobs in the private sector to work as FBI agents or analysts.
    It maintains the National Crime Information Center, which can be used to match suspects to a database.
    It has cracked thousands of violent crime, espionage, terrorism and financial crimes.
    It helped cripple the Communist Party and enforced the Smith Act.
    It uncovered the American Mafia.
    It helped hasten the process of desegregation.
    It wiped out the extremist Branch Davidian sect.
    It captured numerous Nazi and communist spies before, during and after World War II.
    Despite limited jurisdiction, it successfully fought gangsters during Prohibition and the Great Depression.
    During the Vietnam era, it hunted down and arrested violent war protestors (some of whom had orchestrated deadly bombings that killed many people).
    It offers internships to students.

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