Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw Enforcement & Police · 1 decade ago

What is the difference between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency?

(CIA)? They seem about the same....what's the difference in the two offices?

15 Answers

Relevance
  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    The FBI is police (read: fighting crime) on federal level.

    The CIA task is to inform the President (and indirectly other government departments including the police). The CIA cannot work within the US homeland.

    The CIA does not do police work, not even outside US borders however they might have assisted some local police or done things that have helped the police (including DEA)

  • 1 decade ago

    The FBI operates as the national police force and investigates crimes against federal statutes in the United States. The FBI handles all robberies of federal banks. The CIA is the nation's spy agency. They collect information on potential threats to the US or it's citizens. The CIA works all over the world. The CIA does not handle crime investigations.

  • elvera
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    The CIA is a true intelligence agency limited to foreign intelligence. The FBI is not really an intelligence agency, it is more of a law enforcement agency. It has primary jurisdiction for counter-intelligence. It has a gang/organized crime intelligence division. It is firmly connected to the DEA which operates EPIC and drug intelligence. It shares jurisdiction with DHS over domestic terrorism. But although it has an agent in every embassy, their function is not foreign intelligence, but law enforcement liaison.

  • 1 decade ago

    The FBI does domestic operations while the CIA gathers foreign intelligence.

    Source(s): I am a police officer
  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • WC
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The CIA is a spy agency for the U.S. government, and they are supposedly forbidden to operate in the U.S.The FBI investigates federal crimes,.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The FBI investigates national issues while the CIA investigates and spies on other countries

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    plain and simple, the FBI is a law enforcement agency, while the CIA is a military/intelligence type agency that operates usually outside the US.

  • 1 decade ago

    Federal is united states only they investigate. Central Intelligence is world wide they get info from Iraq and other countries. They are about the same just jurisdiction's are different.

    Source(s): Learn from college
  • 1 decade ago

    The CIA works more outside of the U.S., Their agents are a lot more protected and specialized.

    They are 2 very different organizations!

  • wizjp
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Cia has no charter to operate inside the US

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.