We think it would be a bit of an understatement to say that the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigations – or FBI – has been in the spotlight recently. In fact, since the late summer when former FBI Director James Comey became a household name, this organization has been central to most discussions revolving around the White House and the Trump Presidency. Naturally, with the FBI front and center, it only makes sense that we go over some interesting things you may not have known about this group.
Ahead we’ll show you a bunch of different topics and facts about the FBI you likely didn’t know. For instance, there’s the whole way in which the FBI was born out of the Secret Service. Then there’s the massive information center in West Virginia where odds are your fingerprints are kept on file, even if you haven’t ever been arrested. Amazingly, we’ll also show you how this investigative organization only switched from paper files to digital methods within the last few years. Ever wonder why an FBI Director is limited to a 10 year term? We’ll explain J Edgar Hoover’s role in it all. With the firing of James Comey there’s been a lot of talk about precedents being set. This is the second time it’s happened but we’ll show you why it’s a standout case. Yes, the FBI investigate a lot of people, but they also investigate some pretty strange stuff, like a popular song from the 1960s. We aren’t kidding. Speaking of strange investigations, the Bureau even reportedly tailed actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen to ensure his characters weren’t a threat to America. Helping to take on such investigations are female agents – but it wasn’t always so. From the first female agent to a rather rocky period, women and the FBI haven’t always had the best workplace relationship. Nonetheless, all agents work towards catching everyone on that infamous Most Wanted List, a feature that had some rather interesting beginnings. In the end, we’ll show you how the FBI is pretty much willing to do anything and use anyone to get the job done. This even means employing mobsters and their unsavory methods to get an investigation done.