The FBI, this country's leading domestic law enforcement agency, has expanded its reach considerably since the terror attacks on 9/11. Once exposed for broad over-reach in the 70s, the bureau has gradually increased its scope and authority in areas such as counter-terrorism policy and in its surveillance on other security agencies, civilians and journalists.
FBI Director James Comey, an Obama appointee who Donald Trump once criticized for not bringing charges against Hillary Clinton for her misuse of a personal email server, is now tasked with running the agency under the Trump administration which is already testing the limits of executive power and could potentially further empower and protect the Bureau.
The Intercept recently launched an 11-part series entitled "The FBI's Secret Rules," which examines a cache of newly released internal documents and reveals the depth of the agency's expansion since 9/11.
Trevor Aaronson is a contributing writer at The Intercept.