Pseudoscience in the Witness Box

by jeeg 24. April 2015 00:03
  The Washington Post published a story so horrifying this weekend that it would stop your breath: “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered eviden... [More]

Fix the Flaws in Forensic Science

by jeeg 21. April 2015 23:57
  THE F.B.I. stunned the legal community on Monday with its acknowledgment that testimony by its forensic scientists about hair identification was scientifically indefensible in nearly every one of more than 250 cases reviewed. But the conclusion should come as no surprise to scientists. ... [More]

FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades

by jeeg 20. April 2015 23:56
  The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000. Of 28 examiners with... [More]

About That Creepy Biometric Database, FBI, We'd Like to Know a Bit More

by jeeg 27. June 2014 19:14
  The FBI's facial recognition database, into which it wants to put 52 million of our mugs by the end of 2015, is only part of its larger Next Generation Identification (NGI) program. The NGI program is intended to give the feds a full range of means to identify us according to biometric m... [More]

CRG Coalition to Attorney General: Review FBI's Massive Biometric Database

by jeeg 25. June 2014 22:56
  Council for Responsible Genetics, EPIC, EFF, ACLU, Defending Dissent, and a coalition of over 30 organizations have urged Attorney General Holder to immediately conduct a privacy assessment of the FBI's proposed "Next Generation Identification" system. The system is set to go f... [More]

F.B.I. Audit of Database That Indexes DNA Finds Errors in Profiles

by jeeg 27. January 2014 20:34
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in a review of a national DNA database, has identified nearly 170 profiles that probably contain errors, some the result of handwriting mistakes or interpretation errors by lab technicians, while New York State authorities have turned up mistakes in DNA pro... [More]

MBTA to swap spit with FBI database

by jeeg 10. November 2011 01:57
DNA profiles of saliva evidence taken as part of a new transit police crackdown on spitting assaults against MBTA workers will be stored indefinitely in an FBI-run databank, authorities said yesterday. The Herald reported yesterday that T police now plan to use DNA kits to swab the spittle of... [More]
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