The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was founded in 1908 with the stated mission to “protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.” The FBI serves a crucial role in securing the United States against criminals, terrorists, and hostile foreign entities. Just as importantly, the FBI protects civil rights and civil liberties, ensures honest government, and defends the rule of law. Its agents serve across the country and around the globe with a high degree of professionalism and competence, often under difficult and dangerous conditions. However, throughout its history, the FBI has also regularly abused its authority, often at the behest of partisans, infringing on Americans’ constitutional rights while overzealously pursuing its domestic security mission.
In the 1970s, a series of reforms were implemented to protect Americans’ constitutional rights by limiting the FBI’s investigative and operational authorities. Despite these limits, FBI abuse of authority has continued.
FBI Integrity Project was founded by former FBI employees with a deep understanding of FBI policy and culture. We have identified the presence of three deficient policy and culture constructs that incline the FBI to abuse its authority and make it susceptible to undue partisan influence. Thus, to realize our mission to protect the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s integrity by mitigating its capacity and proclivity to abuse its authority and by safeguarding it from undue partisan influence, FBI Integrity Project is addressing these constructs.