So what, exactly, does the FBI do these days?
Instead of declaring "law enforcement" as its "primary function," as it has for years, the FBI fact sheet now lists "national security" as its chief mission. The changes largely reflect the FBI reforms put in place after September 11, 2001, which some have criticized for de-prioritizing law enforcement activities. Regardless, with the 9/11 attacks more than a decade in the past, the timing of the edits is baffling some FBI-watchers.Budget cuts?
"What happened in the last year that changed?" asked Kel McClanahan, a Washington-based national security lawyer.