July 26, 2003, the Federal Bureau of Investigation
celebrated 95 years of public service. On that day
in the year 1908, Attorney General Charles Bonaparte
ordered 9 newly hired detectives, 13 civil rights investigators,
and 12 accountants to take on investigative assignments
in areas such as antitrust, peonage, and land fraud. Ninety-five
years later, that small group of 34 investigators has
grown into a cadre of over 27,000 employees.