The Federal Bureau of Investigation may have bigger things to worry about than law enforcement. Foreign Policy is reporting a change in the bureau’s latest fact sheet, in which the agency’s primary mission has changed from “law enforcement” to “national security.” It’s in keeping with the bureau’s post-9/11 duties as the nation’s primary domestic counterterrorism agency, but the timing has many FBI-watchers scratching their heads. What’s changed in the last year to make the bureau shift away from law enforcement?
It’s likely easier to get a budget.
“National Security” is a much more vague and malleable statement. Law enforcement implies that you’re enforcing a set of given and known laws which you follow yourself as well. National Security allows you to justify any action that makes the “nation” more “secure.”