a reply to: Jake56
The FBI's major priorities are to: Protect the United States from terrorist attack;
Seems to have been relatively successful. At least there's not been anything major on US soil since 9/11. That said, I think the FBI isn't the
primary agency or reason for that, as Homeland Security, the NSA, the CIA, and the Pentagon have had a larger hand in that. To my knowledge, the FBI
hasn't been a major party to things like the tactical baptism of captured terrorists to gather information, though I'm sure the FBI has received that
info once collected.
Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage;
Abject failure, whichever side of the fence you stand on. Either the FBI failed with nonsense like Iran receiving major data on the US to facilitate
the honey nuke deal and Clinton handing over large amounts of uranium to Russia corporations in exchange for major Clinton Foundation donations... or
the 2016 elections were sabotaged by Russia. Either way, the FBI clearly has failed to protect against it.
Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes;
Mixed at best. Any good done by the FBI in avoiding massive cyber attacks to infrastructure has been eroded by the Awan Brothers being granted
clearance, the DNC hacks, failure to prosecute wanton mishandling of security clearance level electronic data, private email servers, etc. In fact, I
won't even call this mixed... it's been a failure.
Combat public corruption at all levels;
Uranium One, VA scandal, IRS politically targeted audits scandal, Fast & Furious, private email scandal, $130 Billion delivered to provisional Iraq
government on a C-130 in shrinkwrapped palates, Lawyergate, Abramoff lobbying scandal, NSA wiretapping... that's just at the highest levels. Untold
numbers of corrupt acts on the state and local level, all handled with veritable newborn lamb's wool gloves... FAIL
Protect civil rights;
NSA wiretapping, TSA grope downs and fondlings just to exercise right to travel, assaults on the 1st in multiple forms including "free speech zones,"
assaults on the 2nd, full on assaults on the 10th. FAIL, Epic, monumental FAIL.
Combat transnational and national criminal organizations and enterprises;
Combat major white-collar crime;
Mixed at best.
Combat significant violent crime;
Mixed leaning towards a decent job.
Support federal, state, county, municipal, and international partners;
They've done a decent job here, at least when they're not in the middle of some manner of federal hostility against a state in federal violation of
the 10th amendment. (See Arizona and immigration enforcement circa 2013.)
and to Upgrade technology to successfully perform the FBI's mission
They get a fat A+ here. Few have been as cutting edge and forced tech companies to include as many backdoors, firewall holes, and tracking devices in
consumer electronics as the FBI and CIA have been. If destruction of personal privacy was an olympic sport, these agencies would be Micheal Phelps,
Usain Bolt, Carl Lewis, and Jesse Ownes all wrapped up in a single athlete.