The Fbi History Essay

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A History of the FBI The FBI was created on July 26, 1908 as an unnamed agency with the transfer of under 50 agents from the Secret Service. Next year it was given the name Bureau of Investigations. It got its present name in 1935. Upon inception the mandate covered such crimes as antitrust violations, bank and bankruptcy fraud etc. The mandate was extended in 1910 and 1919 by adding to FBI’s responsibilities the task of stopping border crossing of women for prostitution (White Slave Traffic Act (Mann Act) and of stopping similar border transfers of stolen cars (Motor Vehicle Theft Act ‘Dyer Act of 1919’) respectively. The FBI thus came to aid the police in combating criminals who would dodge the police by crossing borders. The…show more content…
Surveys confirmed its plummeting image. In 1975 U.S. Senate and House established special committees to look into abuses in the FBI. Following the committees’ recommendations several reforms were introduced. In the 1970’s, FBI investigated white-collar crime. President Reagan further expanded the role of the FBI to carry out a campaign against drugs and also to counter terrorist’s attacks on American citizens outside of the U.S. The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City and the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, were both successfully investigated by the FBI. Kaczynski who killed and maimed university professors and business executives with homemade bombs, was also arrested after a long and expensive search. With these successes came the charge that FBI laboratories fabricated evidence and skewed findings to suit prosecution-prompting reforms. The FBI also was criticized for the lapse at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia. The FBI launched the largest investigation in its history after a group of aircraft hijackers attacks on the World Trade Center. It was able to solve the case by determining the identity of the hijackers and establishing their link to the Al-Qaeda, a radical Islamic group led by Saudi exile Osama bin

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