“Evidence”: The cultural differences between the FBI and the CIA

“The competing messages, according to officials in attendance, also reflect cultural differences between the FBI and the CIA. The bureau, true to its law enforcement roots, wants facts and tangible evidence to prove something beyond all reasonable doubt. The CIA is more comfortable drawing inferences from behavior.”

The Washington Post

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What are the differences between the FBI and the CIA? Short answer: CIA’s mission is to collect foreign intelligence overseas, where as FBI addresses domestic issues.

But, truth being told, the agencies mostly differ by their methodology. The following joke will make this point very clear.

FBI James Comey and CIA John Brennan decide to spend a much-needed vacation in Italy. Both men are amateur archaeologists and share a deep passion for the history of the Roman Empire.

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet in his garden, Comey found traces of a copper wire dating back 2000 years and came to the conclusion that the Roman Empire already had a telephone network.

He quickly passed the information to a few Congressmen.

A few days later, Fox News and the New York Times reported the extraordinary finding.

Not to be outdone by the FBI, John Brennan dug to a depth of 20 feet and found absolutely nothing.

Not the kind of man to be easily discouraged, John keeps on digging: 30 feet, 40 feet… And still, there is nothing.

Brennan leaks his finding to the Washington Post.

A few days later, the Post reported the following story: “The CIA has concluded that the Roman Empire had already gone wireless 2000 years ago.”


About Jonathan Zdziarski

Jonathan Zdziarski frequently consults with law enforcement agencies / military on high-profile cases and assists federal, state and local agencies in their forensic investigations, and has trained many federal, state and local agencies internationally.

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“Evidence”: The cultural differences between the FBI and the CIA

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