Federal Bureau of Investigation – Terminology

The following is a list of terms and definitions used by the FBI or Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This page undergoes continual updates and may be incomplete throughout.

Last updated 2/27/2019.

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  • BFP or Blind Faith Program – The Blind Faith Program is an analytical program which provides a technical countermeasures profile for targets of investigative interest to the FBI. These profiles assess the technical sophistication of the intelligence service of a particular target in order to determine its capability to detect and/or nullify technical attacks directed against it.
    • Awareness of a target’s capabilities prior to a technical installation permits the selection of technologies appropriate to the level of sophistication of that target, thereby conserving resources.
    • The program reports the results of its analysis in the form of a Blind Faith report, which details and describes the technical sophistication of the target.
    • The Blind Faith Program may be used in Assessments and Predicated Investigations.
    • The Blind Faith Program is operated by the Operational Technology Division, Technical Operations Coordination Unit, Technical Evaluation Office (TEO).
    • I know this as (potentially), “The Predictor.”

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  • CHS or Confidential Human Resource – A CHS file check determines whether the target of harassment or investigation has had a relationship with the FBI.
  • CDC or

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  • EC or Exigent Circumstances – An emergency situation requiring swift action to prevent imminent danger to life or serious damage to property, or to forestall the imminent escape of a suspect, or destruction of evidence.

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  • FISA or Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (“FISA” Pub.L. 95–511, 92 Stat. 1783, 50 U.S.C. ch. 36) is a United States federal law which establishes procedures for the physical and electronic surveillance and collection of “foreign intelligence information” between “foreign powers” and “agents of foreign powers” suspected of espionage or terrorism.
  • FISA Intercept or “Tech Cut”
  • FISC or Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court – The United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC, also called the FISA Court) is a U.S. federal court established and authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) to oversee requests for surveillance warrants against foreign spies inside the United States by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

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  • NSL or National Security Letter
  • NTR or Name Trace Request (CIA and NSA) – A Name Trace Request is a formal request to another government agency to conduct a search of its existing records for information regarding a subject of interest.

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  • SSA or p. 437
  • SSC or p. 437

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  • TEO or Technical Evaluation Office

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