How To Use Government Resources, Data and Information for Research and Investigations

The United States Government makes a wealth of resources and information available to the general public that can be extremely useful for private investigators.

United States Government Intelligence Agencies

United States Government Intelligence Agencies were created by the United States Government to provide protection for America and its citizens.  U.S. Intelligence agencies provide national security by:

  • Gathering, evaluating and disseminating information that affects national security and the safety of American citizens, land and property
  • Providing intelligence to the military, including the Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy
  • Protecting the nations borders
  • Reducing America’s vulnerability to terrorism and terrorist acts
  • Investigating specific crimes
  • Advising on foreign policy matters

Following are links to U.S. Government Intelligence Agencies.  These United States Government Intelligence Agency websites are resources for obtaining information about U.S. government and military intelligence, business intelligence, and jobs related to the intelligence field.

  • Central Intelligence Agency – The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 with the signing of the National Security Act by President Harry Truman. The National Security Act charged the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) with coordinating the nation’s intelligence activities and correlating, evaluating and disseminating intelligence which affects national security. Learn more by reading these CIA Books.
  • Defense Intelligence Agency – The Defense Intelligence Agency is a Department of Defense combat support agency and an important member of the United States Intelligence Community. With over 7500 military and civilian employees worldwide, DIA is a major producer and manager of foreign military intelligence. We provide military intelligence to warfighters, defense policymakers and force planners, in the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, in support of U.S. military planning and operations and weapon systems acquisition.
  • Department of Homeland Security – The new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the investigative arm of the US Department of Justice. The FBI’s investigative authority can be found in Title 28, Section 533 of the US Code. Additionally, there are other statutes, such as the Congressional Assassination, Kidnapping, and Assault Act, which give the FBI responsibility to investigate specific crimes. Learn more by reading these FBI books.
  • National Reconnaissance Office – The NRO designs, builds and operates the nation’s reconnaissance satellites. NRO products, provided to an expanding list of customers like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), can warn of potential trouble spots around the world, help plan military operations, and monitor the environment.
  • National Security Agency – The National Security Agency/Central Security Service is America’s cryptologic organization. It coordinates, directs, and performs highly specialized activities to protect U.S. information systems and produce foreign intelligence information. A high technology organization, NSA is on the frontiers of communications and data processing. It is also one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research within the government. More on the NSA
  • National Security Council – The National Security Council is the President’s principal forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters with his senior national security advisors and cabinet officials.
  • Secret Service – The United States Secret Service is mandated by statute and executive order to carry out two significant missions: protection and criminal investigations. The Secret Service protects the President and Vice President, their families, heads of state, and other designated individuals; investigates threats against these protectees; protects the White House, Vice President’s Residence, Foreign Missions, and other buildings within Washington, D.C.; and plans and implements security designs for designated National Special Security Events. The Secret Service also investigates violations of laws relating to counterfeiting of obligations and securities of the United States; financial crimes that include, but are not limited to, access device fraud, financial institution fraud, identity theft, computer fraud; and computer-based attacks on our nation’s financial, banking, and telecommunications infrastructure.

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