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[Read Ebook] ⛈ Tainting Evidence: Inside the Scandals at the FBI Crime Lab Õ Since the s, the FBI s crime fighting reputation has been built, in large part, on its forensic laboratory Inthat reputation was shattered by anmonth government investigation that upheld allegations of serious malpractice Now, Tainting Evidence shows that those revelations were just the tip of the iceberg With evidence culled from thousands of pages of FBI memos, lab reports, internal investigations and dozens of interviews, including exclusive conversations with lab chemist Frederic Whitehurst, the FBI s first whistleblower, authors John Kelly and Phillip Wearne demonstrate how the FBI lab has compromised the forensic work in some of the biggest cases of the century the Oklahoma City bombing, the Unabomber case, theJ Simpson prosecution and the World Trade Center explosion Hundreds of criminal cases may have to be reopened The details exposed here are shocking the FBI explosives expert on the World Trade Center investigation who repeatedly misled the jury hair and fiber evidence not present at a multiple murder crime scene that somehow materialized in the hands of the FBI lab four years later crucial chemical analyses that were never recorded in the Unabomber investigation The list of documented instances of malpractice, flawed science, doctored lab reports, posed evidence, woeful investigative work and false testimony is truly stunning Tainting Evidence shows that while always denying it, the FBI was well aware of the inadequacies of its lab how forensic science can be used to hinder rather than help the search for truth how the FBI s famed investigators can never be trusted to investigate themselves This whole book is reminding me of a quote Keanu Reeves repeated while he was researching his role for Point Break which came out in 91, when much of this book takes place You don t join the FBI out of a sense of right or wrong You don t join the FBI for justice You join the FBI for power And if you could, you d do it for free Keanu Reeves quoting an FBI agentNow that I have finished this tale of woe, I am evenconvinced the quote I started this with is true I wonder, as ma This whole book is reminding me of a quote Keanu Reeves repeated while he was researching his role for Point Break which came out in 91, when much of this book takes place You don t join the FBI out of a sense of right or wrong You don t join the FBI for justice You join the FBI for power And if you could, you d do it for free Keanu Reeves quoting an FBI agentNow that I have finished this tale of woe, I am evenconvinced the quote I started this with is true I wonder, as many labs have had to start all over after scandals, how the FBI has escaped with just a few remodelsI did look it up, and they are now accreditated, but as ASCLD is basically a government agency, how deeply did the committee get before approving the lab I guess it just goes to show, the evidence may not lie, but the people who examine process testify surely can This is a very important book To a great extent it features the work of Fred Whitehurst, at the time a PhD chemist in the FBI lab It exposes an astonishing level of incompetence and dishonesty, and throws the entire US system of forensic science under suspicion.It has hit the news in the last day or so a lot of problems with the FBI lab were not fixed Perhaps, instead of fixing the system, a sophisticated blitz of books, by authors including Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell, and various TV This is a very important book To a great extent it features the work of Fred Whitehurst, at the time a PhD chemist in the FBI lab It exposes an astonishing level of incompetence and dishonesty, and throws the entire US system of forensic science under suspicion.It has hit the news in the last day or so a lot of problems with the FBI lab were not fixed Perhaps, instead of fixing the system, a sophisticated blitz of books, by authors including Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell, and various TV shows like the CSI franchise, were used as a PR bandaid Given the resources devoted to the entertainment, money spent actually fixing the labs would go a far way in improving their actual integrity Perhaps that is the point the prosecution runs the labs, and many of them want convictions rather than truth Ruby Ridge, Jeffery MacDonald, OJ, Unabomber whistleblower Fred Whitehurst, science purist, vs agents with prosecutorial bias belief as important as evidence In light of what we now know of NSA peeking and IRS skullduggery, one wonders if this kind of evidentiary work can even see the light of day