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What We Investigate

An FBI agent collects evidence from an exploded car in Lebanon. AP Photo.
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The very heart of FBI operations lies in our investigations—which serve, as our mission states, "to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats and to enforce the criminal laws of the United States." We currently have jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal law, and you can find the major ones below, grouped within our three national security priorities and our five criminal priorities. Also visit our Intelligence program site, which underpins and informs all our investigative programs.
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  National Security Priorities
Criminal Priorities
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1. Counterterrorism
International Terrorism
Domestic Terrorism
Weapons of Mass Destruction

2. Counterintelligence
Economic Espionage

3. Cyber Crime
Computer Intrusions
Online Predators
Piracy/Intellectual Property Theft
Internet Fraud

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Vertical Rule4. Public Corruption
Government Fraud
Election Fraud
Foreign Corrupt Practices

5. Civil Rights
Hate Crime
Human Trafficking
Color of Law
Freedom of Access to Clinics

6. Organized Crime
Italian Mafia/LCN
Middle Eastern
Sports Bribery

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7. White-Collar Crime
Bankruptcy Fraud
Corporate/Securities Fraud
Health Care Fraud
Identity Theft
Insurance Fraud
Money Laundering
Mortgage Fraud
Telemarketing Fraud
More White-Collar Frauds

8. Major Thefts/Violent Crime
Art Theft
Cargo Theft
Crimes Against Children
Cruise Ship Crime
Indian Country Crime
Jewelry and Gems Theft
Retail Theft
Vehicle Theft
Violent Gangs