If you paid attention to the movies you would probably think there were only two kinds of American intelligence agents – bright-eyed recruits out to make their mark and grizzled veterans teetering on the edge of retirement.
Quite how they get from A to B never seems to be explained, although I guess that’s all part of the mystique. A need to know basis, if you will.
Anyway, in looking at movie options for today, my eyes fell on a listing for J Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the man who shaped the FBI into the powerhouse it is today. I ultimately decided against it, since I’m going through a phase of avoiding ‘worthy’ movies, but it did inspire today’s question – what is the difference between the CIA and FBI?
It’s a pretty clear delineation, which basically boils down to this …
* The Federal Bureau of Investigation chiefly focuses on domestic security with a primary function of criminal investigation.
* The Central Intelligence Agency does not perform law enforcement duties but instead holds responsiblity for international intelligence.
In theory, of course, the two play nicely together, but as in Mr & Mrs Smith – where Brad and Angelina play spies from opposite sides – things don’t always go according to plan. Enjoy the show.