FBI backtracks on primary role


After Foreign Policy reported early this month that the FBI made a change to its fact sheet, the news went viral. The agency must have been reading online comments. People had strong reactions to the news that the FBI had shifted its primary function from law enforcement to national security.

Within 48 hours, the FBI reversed course and revised its fact sheet, which now reads:

“The primary functions of the FBI are national security and law enforcement.”

The change was motivated by FP’s post, an official told The Cable blog.

“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 says“We’ve always been both.”