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According to the TRACFBI website accessed on May 22 2002 httptracsyredutracfbifindingsaboutFBIfbiResponsibilitieshyml it is the mission statement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to uphold the law through the investigation of violations of federal criminal law to protect the US from foreign intelligence and terrorist activities to provide leadership and law enforcement assistance to federal state local and international agencies and to perform these responsibilities in a manner that is responsive to the needs of the public and is faithful to the constitution of the US The agency now known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation was founded in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt referred to as TR on the history of the FBI web page when he appointed a force of Special Agents to be the Bureau of investigative force of the United States Department of Justice DOJ Apparently before that time the DOJ had to borrow Agents from the US Secret Service to investigate violations of federal criminal laws within its jurisdiction In 1909 when the US Congress formally opposed the practice of borrowing agents it provoked TR to create a new Special Agent Force which was later renamed the Bureau of Investigation and after a series of subsequent name changes eventually the agency received its present official name The Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI in 1934 During the early period of the FBIs history its agents investigated violations of ranging from white slavery to antitrust crimes as well as neutrality violations During World War One the Bureau was given the responsibility of investigating espionage sabotage sedition resistance against lawful authority and draft violations I read a paragraph somewhere on the Internet that said the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act passed in 1919 further broadened the scope of the Bureaus jurisdiction because it is the agencies responsibility to investigate crimes involving the crossing of a state line I would have documented the site and discussed its contents in more depth had I been
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