federal bureau investigation

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Federal Bureau of Investigation
 
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See FBI

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

An agency of the United States federal government, long headed by J. Edgar Hoover, which investigates violations of federal (rather than state or local) laws, including kidnaping, smuggling narcotics, and espionage.

Note: Established in 1908 under the Department of Justice, the FBI earned its reputation in the 1920s and 1930s by apprehending notorious bank robbers and gangsters.
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