By David P Beiter

LABSCAM is a collection of items concerning the falsification of
evidence in police laboratories.

(c) Copyright 1996, 1997 by , proliferate freely.

This is a part of the WORMSCAN collection.

What had at first appeared to be merely a can of worms
has, upon closer examination, proven to be a barrel of vipers.

No attempt has been made to note every news item.  These are
simply those cases which have come to my attention in the
everyday news.  Note that many sources are radio news reports,
and thus the spelling of many names is undoubtedly bogus.

Disclaimer: I am not trying to sell you any political agenda
here.  I am not even suggesting a conspiracy theory.  I don't
care if you don't believe that anything like this could happen
here.  I won't ask you to construct a testable hypothesis
(whatever THAT is).  All I need is for you to see it as an
interesting conjecture.  That is sufficient.

Additions, comments, criticisms, clarifications, or corrections
(even mispellings and typograhpical errors) should be directed
to: David P Beiter, Rte 572 Box 8460, Monticello KY  42633-8809

870322, Richmond?, KY, WBKY, 11PM.  Kentucky State Police crime
lab director Glen Morgan Baxter is accused of falsifying hundreds
of tests, including his own qualifications.

861020.  U.  S.  News & World Report p70.  Drug tests are
inaccurate.  In a control test of 13 labs and 34 spiked samples
the results were; 1 completely correct, 5 detected no drugs.
There were 6% false positives for cocaine, 37% false positives
for amphetamines.

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950915, ,,.  FBI chemist claims that FBI evidence is falsified.
Special Agent Frederic Whitehurst claims that evidence is rigged
or slanted to produce the desired results.

Personal observation of David Perry Beiter, Analytical Chemist,
US Army, 1966.  The way that it was done in my lab was that The
Boss (a psychic chemist) would re-analyze some of the tests in
the privacy and security of his office.  The offending bench
chemist never saw these new and improved results.  This
falsification of chemical analyses was defended on grounds that
it assured the uninterrupted supply of petroleum products to The
Army of The Government of The United States of America.

"And the Ends shall justify the Means."

951209, Fairmont, WV, AP.  State Police crime lab chemist Fred
Zain is cleared of felony perjury charges of fabrication of
evidence.  Texas wants to try him now, again on evidence

Ex-Crime Lab Head Acquitted

  FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - A former police chemist accused of
botching dozens of cases that sent at least six innocent men to
prison was cleared Friday of the last of three felony perjury
   Circuit Judge Rodney Merrifield found a lack of evidence to
support a retrial on the charge related to Fred Zain's testimony
in a 1991 double-murder trial.
   Zain was previously acquitted of two other perjury charges, but
a jury deadlocked on this charge last March. He was to be retried
in January.
   Officials said they don't believe they can further prosecute
Zain, although he still faces charges in two Texas cases.
   ``It's always horrible when any of us feel that justice hasn't
occurred, particularly in a case like this where the allegations
are so sensational and so horrifying,'' said Bill Forbes, a
prosecutor whose office appointed a special counsel for the case.
   A 1993 state Supreme Court report concluded that Zain's work as
head of the state police crime lab could not be trusted. A panel
examined 36 of the thousands of cases he handled and found evidence
of fabrication in all.
   The four innocent men have been freed by retrials or dropped
charges. Judges across the state continue to look at more than 70
cases to determine whether Zain's work was relevant to their
   Two men also have been freed in Texas, where Zain worked in the
Bexar County medical examiner's office from 1989 to 1993. He
continued to assist West Virginia authorities even after he left.
 Zain was not in the courtroom Friday and did not immediately
return a message left through his attorney, Arthur Ciccarello.
``This whole matter has cost him his job, his career, his home and
it almost cost him his family, and to have three counts of an
indictment not supported by evidence, it's pretty hard to take,''
Ciccarello said.
   Ciccarello said the whole process has been a ``witch hunt'' for
a person who is not a ``DNA expert and never held himself out to
be one.''
   Questions about Zain's work arose in 1992 after the
convictions of a man in two sexual assaults were overturned based
on genetic testing. He was only charged in the 1991 case because
of a three-year statute of limitations on perjury.
AP-NY-12-08-95 2224EST


960213, San Jose, CA, LA Times.  Joseph D.  McNamara, 35 year
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Subject:  Why Cops Lie in Dope War

From: Bob Witanek 

Posted  Tue Feb 13 13:42:42 1996
> [The Philadelphia Inquirer]                                  Opinion
>                                           Tuesday, February 13, 1996
>                   Why cops lie about drug evidence
>  They don't feel lying under oath is wrong because politicians tell
>        them they are engaged in a ``holy war'' fighting evil.
> By Joseph D. McNamara
> Are the United States' police officers a bunch of congenital liars?
> Not many people took defense attorney Alan M. Dershowitz seriously
> when he charged that Los Angeles cops are taught to lie at the birth
> of their careers at the Police Academy. But as someone who spent 35
> years wearing a police uniform, I've come to believe that hundreds
> of thousands of law-enforcement officers commit felony perjury every
> year testifying about drug arrests.
> These are not cops who take bribes or commit other crimes. Other
> than routinely lying, they are law-abiding and dedicated. They don't
> feel lying under oath is wrong because politicians tell them they
> are engaged in a ``holy war'' fighting evil. Then, too, the
> ``enemy'' these mostly white cops are testifying against are poor
> blacks and Latinos.
> The federal government reports that more than 1.3 million drug
> arrests were made in 1994, 480,000 of which involved marijuana.
> About 1 million of the total drug arrests were for possession, not
> selling.
> Despite government drug-war propaganda that big-time dealers are its
> targets, only 24 percent of the total drug arrests were for selling.
> Almost all those arrested for selling are small-timers, in large
> part supporting their own drug use. Often they are inveigled by
> undercover police to up the ante. Many of the arrests for selling
> are made without search warrants and almost all the possession
> arrests are without warrants.
> In other words, hundreds of thousands of police officers swear under
> oath that the drugs were in plain view or that the defendant gave
> consent to a search. This may happen occasionally, but it defies
> belief that so many drug users are careless enough to leave illegal
> drugs where the police can see them or so dumb as to give cops
> consent to search them when they possess drugs. But without this
> kind of police testimony, the evidence would be excluded under a
> 1961 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Mapp vs. Ohio.
> I became a New York City policeman five years before the Mapp
> decision. We were trained to search people who appeared suspicious.
> I questioned the apparent contradiction posed by the Fourth
> Amendment, which guaranteed that people would be secure in their
> person and house from a search without a warrant. The instructor
> said not to worry. A suspect could sue in a civil action but no jury
> would find against a cop trying to stop dope from being sold. He
> went on to say that if the courts really meant it, they wouldn't
> allow such evidence into a criminal trial.
> In its Mapp decision, the Supreme Court cited this police attitude
> and the routine violations of the Fourth Amendment as reasons enough
> to establish a national rule to exclude illegally obtained evidence.
> Gradually, as police professionalization increased, police testimony
> became more honest. But the trend reversed in 1972, when President
> Nixon declared a war against drugs and promised the nation that drug
> abuse would soon vanish. Succeeding presidents and Congresses
> repeated this false pledge despite evidence that drug use, drug
> profits and drug violence increased regardless of expanded
> enforcement and harsher penalties. Because the political rhetoric
> described a holy war in which evil had to be defeated, questioning
> police tactics was equivalent to supporting drug abuse.
> Leaders of the drug war dehumanize their ``enemy'' -- not just
> foreign drug traffickers but also American users. This mentality
> pushes the police into making ever more arrests, arrests that can
> only survive in court because of perjured police testimony. The fact
> that enforcement falls most heavily on people of color also
> encourages illegal police tactics. Non-whites are arrested at four
> to five times the rates whites are arrested for drug crimes,
> regardless of the fact that 80 percent of drug crimes are committed
> by whites. The ``war'' dehumanizes the cops as well as those they
> pursue.
> The eroding integrity of law enforcement officers and the resulting
> decrease in public credibility are costs of the drug war yet to be
> acknowledged. Within the last few years, police departments in
> Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston, New Orleans, San Francisco,
> Denver, New York and in other large cities have suffered scandals
> involving police personnel lying under oath about drug evidence.
> Some officers in the New York City police and New York State police
> departments were convicted of falsifying drug evidence. Yet,
> President Clinton appointed the heads of those agencies to be drug
> czar and chief of the Drug Enforcement Agency, respectively, and
> they were confirmed in the Senate. The message that politicians seem
> to be sending to the nation's police chiefs is that we understand
> that police perjury is a part of the drug war.
> But recently a number of police leaders have conceded that racially
> disparate arrest rates and illegal police searches and testimony are
> a problem. Last year, for example, New York Police Commissioner
> William J. Bratton warned his officers not to lie about how they
> obtained evidence, saying that he would rather they lose the case
> than commit perjury. Last month, Baltimore Police Commissioner
> Thomas C. Frazier ordered his cops to stop arresting drug users and
> to concentrate on criminals committing gun crimes and other
> violence.
> The vast majority of police forces are still being pushed into
> waging a war against drugs by politicians who ignore history and
> mislead the public into believing such a war can be won.
> Consequently, hundreds of thousands of illegal police searches take
> place and are lied about in court while drug-war hawks pontificate
> about the immorality of people putting certain kinds of chemicals
> into their bloodstream.
> [Image]
> Joseph D. McNamara, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at
> Stanford University and the former police chief of San Jose, wrote
> this article for the Los Angeles Times.

960226, FBI, Wash DC, Star Ledger.  US attoney's offices
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Posted: Bob Witanek  2/25/96

LAB (Star Ledger, 2/22/96 - Excerpted)


US attoney's offices throughout the nation have been directed by
the Justice Department to weed through cases in their files in an
effort to identify cases that could be tainted by allegations of
misconduct involving the FBI crime lab in Washington.  The
allegations - which involve charges of slanted results, incompe
tence and improper testing procedures could have an impact on a
number of criminal prosecutions throughout the country in which FBI
lab results were used, including cases that already have been

The charges were made by a veteran employee of the crime lab, long
regarded as the top forensic law enforcement facility in the
country.  A memorandum, issued by acting Assistant U.S. Attomey
General John C. Keeney and obtained by The Star Ledger, reveals
that a special Justice Department task force has been established
to review the allegations.

"As this memorandum makes apparent." the document states, the legal
issues raised by the allegations are "nationwide in scope,
affecting a substantial number of criminal cases in districts
throughout the country."

Federal authorities in New Jersey said yesterday that a preliminary
review indicates only a few cases that have a potential of being

According to the memo, US attomev's offtces across the nation have
been asked to supply information relating to such cases.  The memo
was sent to all U.S. attorneys in the country last month.

US authorities in New Jersey said tey are conducting their own
independent, in-house review as well.

"The review has not been completed," said First Assistant U.S.
Attorney Robert Cleary.  Cleary said yesterday that although New
Jersey has a large number of cases in wrilch the FBI lab has
performed services, it has "very few cases handled by those people"
named or working in units specified in allegations by Dr. Frederic
Whitehurst, a supervisory special agent who has served as an
examiner in the FBI crime lab.  Cleary also said it doesn't appear
that any of the specific cases cited by Whitehurst involve New
Jersey prosecutions.

The existence of Whitehurst's allegations were first spotlighted
during the trial of O.J. Simpson, when a defense attorney
unsuccessfully sought to have Whitehurst testify.

The Justice Department memo outlines the nature of Whitehurst's
charges.  Specifically, the memo states, Whitehurst contends that
certain FBI. lab examiners have slanted their conclusions to favor
the prosecution; that certain FBI examiners who testify in criminal
proceedings are not qualified to analyze the evidence involved in
those cases; and that certain key units within the lab maintain
insufficient scientific controls over the testing procedures.  The
memo states that the Justice' Department "is in the process of
evaluating the validity of the wide-ranging allegations raised by
Dr. Whitehurst."

At the same time, Justice Department spokesman Carl Stem confirmed
yesterday, the department is "attempting to survey what cases
are,out there" that could be affected.  Stem said the survey is
part of an effort to determine if legal obligations will require
the department to notify defense attorneys of the fact that
Whitehurst's charges could affect their cases.

"While the scope of this may be unusual," Stem said, he called the
inquiry "fairly routine." To date, he said, some one-third of the
nation's 93 U.S. Attomey's offices have responded to the survey.
The results, however, were not immediately available.  The Justice
Department official stressed, however, that the survey is
independent of the separate investigation into the validity of
Whitehurst's charges.

According to the Justice Department memo, "that evaluation will be
timne-consuming and will require substantial legal and scientific

The memo revealed that among the charges made by Wlttehurst are
allegations relating to specific criminal investigations in which
he alleged improprieties may have occurred in the presentation or
analysis of evidence. The memo said it plans to notify the U.S.
Attomey's ofrices directly involved about those charges and has
requested that those offices assign an attorney to review written
materials provided by Whitehurst.

The memo says the individual U.S. Attomey's offices will be asked
to analyze the significance of the laboratory evidence used in
those cases to determine whether it will be necessary to alert
defense attorneys in those matters.

In addition, the memo contains a list of 20 employees who
Whitehurst contends lack the proper qualifications, are not
competent to perform required procedures or who slant opinions to
favor the prosecution.  The U.S. Attorney's offices have been asked
to determine if any of the 20 employees were involved in ongoing
cases in their districts - either pending trial, on appeal or in
the grand jury stages.

The memo notes that Whitehurst has made specific allegations
involving the FBI lab's Explosives Unit and Chemistry and,
Toxicology Units in which he says these units slant results to
favor the prsecution.

As a result, the Justice Department has asked U.S. Attorney's
offices to identify any pending cases that could have been affected
by those allegations.  The FBI crime lab is involved in thousands
of cases each year.  FBI analysts often wind up in court, and spent
1,470 days testifying in various trials nationwide last year alone.

One Justice Department official noted that if Whitehurst's charges
are upheld, not only could pending and closed cases be affected,
but even cases in which defendants have pleaded guilty.

According to the Justice Department official, some 90 percent of
all federal cases result in guilty pleas, but Whitehurst's
allegations could raise questions whether those pleas were induced
as a result of tainted test results.

The Washington-based FBI lab has 557 employees and operates on a
budget of $63.6 million.  In addition to its work in federal
prosecutions, the lab spends about half its time performing studies
for state & local law enforcement agencies that lack their own labs
or need additional expertise.  It has experts in chemistry and
toxicology, hair and fiber, explosives, documents, photography,
paint, tire tracks, ballistics and even feathers, among other

As a result of Whitehurst's allegations, the FBI already has
reviewed 250 cases in search of any rigged or slanted testimony.
"To date, no evidence tampering, evidence fabrication or failure
to report exculpatory evidence have been found," the FBI said in
a statement issued last year.

COMMENT - It would appear to me that the approach of asking US
Attorneys to look through their own cases, which they were involved
in prosecuting, to see if any of their own posecutions were tainted
by this misconduct is a sham.  This situation screams for an
INDEPENDENT review.  There should be no question that information
about Whitehurst's charges, the names of the 20 employees he
fingers, the list of cases he cites, and EVERYTHING about this
situation MUST be made available to defense attorneys universally!
Do we really expect that US Attorneys will voluntarily throw out
their successful convictions if they inspect and find that the
evidence, its presentation and analysis were tainted?  Yeah right!
- Bob

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Posted: Ronnie Dadone 

New York State Trooper Accuses Newspaper of Libel
lawsuit.html > [banner]
> [toolbar]
>           March 16, 1996
>           New York State Trooper Accuses Newspaper of
>           Libel
>           [A] former New York state police lieutenant has >
	  sued The Syracuse Post-Standard for libel,
>           saying the newspaper unfairly linked him to an
>           evidence-tampering scandal involving troopers
>           that he supervised.
>           The former lieutenant, Joseph Begley, now works >
      for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration >
in New York City and says his career has
>           suffered because of the article published on
>           Feb. 14, 1995.
>           Begley was in charge of the identification unit >
      at the Troop C barracks in Sidney from 1984
>           until he retired from the force in 1989. Former >
      troopers who worked in the unit during that
>           period have admitted faking fingerprint evidence >
       in at least six cases. The tampering continued
>           into the 1990s and has resulted in the
>           convictions of five troopers.
>           The suit comes as the special prosecutor, Nelson >
       Roth, looking into the evidence-tampering
>           scandal is completing his investigation of more >
      than three years. He has promised a final report >
 by the summer.
>           Begley's lawsuit against The Post-Standard and
>           its owner, Newhouse Newspapers, seeks $500,000. >
      His lawyer, Ronald Zinzheimer of Albany, said
>           Begley was placed on modified duty by the Drug
>           Enforcement Administration because of his
>           association with the scandal. Legal experts have >
       called it the largest evidence-tampering scandal >
  in the history of U.S. law enforcement.
>           The suit stems from a conversation between two
>           of the troopers who have pleaded guilty. In the >
      conversation, which one of them secretly
>           recorded, the troopers discussed ways to present >
       a false defense to evidence-tampering charges to >
  a jury and how Begley could help with that
>           effort.
>           The Post-Standard article described a judge's
>           ruling that the recorded conversation was
>           admissible in court because it was part of a
>           "continuing criminal enterprise."
>           But Begley contends that the article attributed >
      to the judge some statements about him that had >
originally been made by the trooper who recorded >           the
conversation. The statements in question
>           involve a trooper's assertion that on a visit to >
       his house, Begley had crawled along a line of
>           bushes, presumably to avoid being seen.
>           Reached by telephone at the enforcement agency's >
       New York City office, Begley said he was not
>           optimistic about winning the suit, because libel >
       is "possibly the most difficult area in the
>           law."
>           He referred specific questions to Zinzheimer,
>           who said Begley had filed the suit because "this >
       has been so damaging to his career." Zinzheimer >
 said neither he nor his client had asked The
>           Post-Standard for a correction.
>           Michael Connor, The Post-Standard's executive
>           editor, declined to comment on the suit.
>           Although troopers from Troop C began faking
>           evidence in 1984, the evidence-tampering scandal >
       did not come to light until a trooper boasted,
>           during a job interview with the CIA in 1992, of >
      faking evidence.
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Date: Fri, 22 Mar 1996 10:50:26 +0000
From: Peter Webster 
Subject: Tainted Truth
Message-ID: <199603221109.MAA24989@ZEUS.MONACO.MC>

Been looking thru a book, *Tainted Truth* (1994) by Cynthia Crossen, a
reporter and editor at the Wall St Journal. The dust-jacket blurb:

  In this age of information, sponsored studies have become
America's most powerful and popular tool of persuasion.
However, in *Tainted Truth*, we find out that much of what
we learn from them is false. Although the studies and surveys
wear the guise of objective science, their findings almost
invariably reflect their sponsors' intentions. Most such
research is designed with a certain outcome in mind, and it is
all but guaranteed to achieve that outcome. The result is a
corruption of information---the information used every day by
voters, consumers and leaders.
   Manufactured truths dominate the American discourse in
Congress, courtrooms, offices, newspapers, magazines and
television. Studies have become the vehicle for polishing
corporate images, influencing juries, shaping debate on public
policy, selling commercial products and satisfying the media's-
--and the public's---voracious appetite for information. In this
blistering expose, Cynthia Crossen shows how deeply this
research world has been pervaded by artfully crafted
deception---and how it affects us all. ...
   As information continues to lose its link to truth, we are all
losing our ability to make informed decisions. *Tainted
Truth* is an enormously important and provocative book that
will change the way we make our decisions---decisions that
have endangered our minds and, in some cases, our lives.
CYNTHIA CROSSEN has been a reporter and editor at
The Wall Street Joumal since 1983. She lives in Brooklyn,
 New York, with her husband and son.

UNFORTUNATELY the book is only moderately inflammatory, and contains NOTHING
about the tainted truths of drug "research" and other issues concerning us.
But maybe we shd try to contact the author supplying our web pages SIG with
a mention that the WSJ, which has been quite interested to publish such
exposees on other subjects, is neglecting perhaps the most important arena
where tainted truth not only persists, but dominates. But it looks like a
snail mail job, unless someone can locate an e-address for Ms Crossen?

Peter Webster           e-mail:


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From: Bob Witanek 

/* Written  4:34 PM  Apr  4, 1996 by bwitanek in igc:njspeakout */
/* ---------- "Philly Cops Sloppy Handling" ---------- */
Posted:  Ronnie Dadone
Local >   [Philadelphia Online]    THE PHILADELPHIA     Wednesday,
April 3, >                              DAILY NEWS
1996 >
>                    Saidel sees evidence of laxity
>      Gives examples of cops' sloppy handling of seized property
>                            by Dave Davies
>                        Daily News Staff Writer
> A city controller's audit reported that the Police Department's
> handling of evidence and confiscated property has been sloppy and
> vulnerable to abuse.
> ``When you're dealing with things like large quantities of
narcotics > that are kept around for a long time, you can leave
yourself open to > dishonesty,'' said Controller Jonathan Saidel
in an interview > yesterday. ``We haven't found people being
dishonest, but these > things have to be tightened up.''
> Saidel said he was pleased with police Commissioner Richard
Neal's > response to the findings and said steps are underway to
remedy > weaknesses.
> When city auditors began reviewing the Police Department's
handling > of evidence and confiscated property, they noticed that
some items > apparently taken into custody in police districts
hadn't been > transferred to department storage units.
> It was only after the auditors asked questions that a number of
> items, including a Rolex watch confiscated years before, were >
properly shipped to an evidence custodian.
> Even after the audit, the report said, the police couldn't locate
> about 20 items that district police logs showed had been taken
into > custody.
> Among their most troubling findings, Saidel said, auditors >
discovered that the department keeps far larger quantities of >
confiscated narcotics for longer periods than necessary.
> Sixty-eight percent of the narcotics that could have been
destroyed > from cases since 1990 were still around the department,
the report > says.
> Among other findings:
> [ * ]Two motorcycles had been stolen from the police impoundment
> lot, which was poorly lit and unkempt.
> [ * ]Uniformed officers were observed walking through the
Chemical > Lab, where narcotics are tested, without escorts as
required by > police policy. In addition, security logs on the lab
were not always > used.
> [ * ]Conditions at the crime lab at the Police Administration >
Building were so crowded that evidence was stored under and around
> tables. Conditions were so chaotic that paperwork for boxes of
> evidence on 10 different suspects was lost.
> [ * ]Envelopes, bags, and boxes of narcotics in police storage
> facilities were not protected with evidence seals.
> [ * ]The police computer system for tracking evidence couldn't
> provide information on the status and/or location of property
under > custody for 6,000 of the department's property receipts
issued in > fiscal year 1994.
> In a detailed response, Neal outlined new procedures for evidence
> rooms and labs, improvements in computerized record keeping and
> construction of a new auto impoundment lot.
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>                                 [---]

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Agent Criticizes FBI Probe of Okla. City Blast

DENVER (Reuter) - An FBI agent charged Friday that the federal government's
investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing case ``has been seriously
compromised'' by what he called FBI misconduct.

The allegation was made by veteran FBI crime lab chemist Frederic
Whitehurst, who testified against the FBI in the World Trade Center bombing
case and submitted a deposition in the O.J. Simpson murder trial that was
critical of the agency.

Whitehurst made his written allegations to U.S. District Court Judge
Richard Matsch, who moved the case to Denver after ruling defendants
Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols could not get a fair trial in Oklahoma.

The two are accused of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah
Federal Building that claimed 168 lives. No date has been set for a trial,
but it is expected to get under way late this year or early in 1997.

A spokeswoman for prosecutors said they would not comment, because the
Justice Department had not completed an investigation of various
allegations Whitehurst had made.

Whitehurst said the alleged improper conduct in the bombing case involved
``scientific fraud, misconduct and gross negligence in the administration
of the FBI crime lab in general, and with respect to this case in

Whitehurst said he had been ``unfairly and publicly maligned'' by
prosecutor Beth Wilkinson, who he said ``smeared'' him at an April 9
pre-trial hearing after McVeigh's attorneys disclosed they might use
Whitehurst as a defense witness.

Whitehurst also asked the judge to unseal documents about him and his
allegations that prosecutors filed. The documents corroborate many of his
allegations, he said.

The documents are ``central to protecting the American people from future
tragedies like the Oklahoma City bombing or the World Trade Center bombing
disaster,'' Whitehurst said.

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Prosecutors Say Law Allows Interview with Fbi Scientist

   By Sandy Shore, 09/18/96; 06:52

       DENVER (AP) - Oklahoma City bombing prosecutors have told a judge
       they have the right to speak privately with an FBI whistleblower
       who believes some evidence in the case is tainted.

       U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch blocked the prosecution-only
       session after defense attorneys for suspects Timothy McVeigh and
       Terry Nichols claimed prosecutors threatened to have FBI scientist
       Frederic Whitehurst fired if he didn't meet with them before
       giving a deposition.

       In papers filed Tuesday, prosecutor Joseph Hartzler asked Matsch
       to let the interview proceed.

       ``Federal prosecutors have the unilateral right to interview FBI
       agents outside the presence of defense counsel,'' Hartzel wrote,
       adding that the session was never considered mandatory.

       He said Whitehurst himself requested the session months ago, but
       later canceled because of one prosecutor's presence and a
       requirement that Whitehurst's attorney sign a confidentiality

       Whitehurst contends that a pro-prosecution bias and mishandling of
       evidence may have tainted FBI crime lab work or testimony in the
       bombing as well as several other high-profile cases.

       McVeigh and Nichols face the death penalty if convicted of murder
       and conspiracy in the April 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City
       federal building, which killed 168 and injured more than 500

       Prosecutors also filed a brief Tuesday opposing a media request to
       attend the closed-circuit telecast of the trial in an Oklahoma
       City courtroom. No trial date has been set.

970208, Syracuse, NY, NPR.  Continuing repercusions of State Police
evidence prestidigitation.  One technique was to take their
fingerprint evidence from objects handled at the Police Station by the

Date:     Mon Feb 03, 1997  2:55 pm  CST
From:     ledewriter
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Subject:  labscam fyi

FBI Whistle blower target of bugs, wiretaps

By Jeff Stein
from SALON, the online magazine []
January 31, 1997

	The home of a top FBI bomb expert who has accused senior lab=20
officials of slanting evidence in over 1,000 cases has been=20
wire-tapped and  burgled, according to sources close to the probe.

	Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, the FBI whistleblower who was stripped of=20
his badge and escorted from the bureau=B9s Washington headquarters last=20
Friday, has complained to close colleagues that his home files have=20
been rifled  by unknown intruders in recent months and hidden wiretaps=20
installed in his house.

	The FBI gave no reasons for suspending Whitehurst, who holds a PhD in=20
chemistry from Duke University, but sources said he was under a=20
criminal probe for allegedly leaking documents to Playboy magazine.=20

	Three other senior FBI lab officials, who Whitehurst has repeatedly=20
accused of incompetance and slanting evidence in the lab, were also=20
suspended last week.

	Whitehurst complained that =B3persons unknown=B2 entered his house on a=20
couple of occasions last fall and rifled his files, according to=20
investigative sources.  He also believes that the FBI has installed=20
hidden listening devices in his house and wire-tapped his telephone.

	Whitehurst, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran who was described as=20
the FBI=B9s =B3unrivalled=B2 expert on bomb residues in a fitness report=20
last year, did not make a formal complaint with local police. =20

	The Justice Department=B9s investigation of Whitehurst=B9s complaints,=20
detailed in over 125 memos and sworn statements he has made to the=20
Inspector General, could prompt appeals in over 1,000 federal=20
prosecutions, according to probe documents.=20

	As Salon reported last year, an internal review of lab data in 13=20
bombings attributed to the accused Unabomber Theodore Kacyznski was=20
either =B3incomplete or missing.=B2

	In another, previously undisclosed case, Whitehurst has also accused=20
a federal prosecutor of pressuring him not to write down his=20
contradictory findings in an airline bombing case, because they would=20
impugn the court testimony of other FBI agents.

	The case in question was an appeal by Colombian narco-terrorist=20
Dandenny Munoz-Mosquera, convicted of planting a bomb on an Avianca=20
airliner which exploded over Bogota in 1989, killing 107 people. =20
Munoz-Mosquera, jailed, was appealing his sentence.

	Cheryl Pollak, then an Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting=20
Munoz-Mosquera,  =B3said that my report directly contradicted [FBI]=20
statements ... made earlier in court, and that now I would probably be=20
called by the defense as an expert and the government would be=20
embarrassed because the government=B9s own experts could not agree,=B2=20
Whitehurst complained in a memo to the FBI Inspector General.  In=20
effect, he was charging her with suppressing evidence that, under U.S.=20
law, had to be made available to the defense.

	Pollak, now a federal magistrate in New York, responded in a=20
telephone interview that Whitehurst =B3 might have blown the whole thing=20
way out of proportion.=B2

	=B3It really didn=B9t matter how the plane was bombed,=B2 Pollak went on=
=B3The only issue was whether Munoz-Mosquera was involved .... The=20
evidence that tied him to the plane was the 25 witnesses who said he=20
did it.  There were a half dozen witnesses who tied him to it.....That=20
was the critical evidence.=B2=20

	Whitehurst=B9s complaints have already prompted the government to=20
withdraw the planned testimony of two senior FBI lab officials in the=20
high-profile Oklahoma bombing case.  Roger Martz and David Williams,=20
whom Whitehurst accused of mishandling evidence in the investigation=20
of Timothy McVeigh, were suspended by the FBI last week.  Whitehurst=20
has also accused Williams of rewriting his reports in the World Trade=20
Center bombing prosecution.

	The Inspector General=B9s investigation, meanwhile, has looking far=20
beyond the bomb lab into practices by FBI blood  experts, paint=20
examiners, and polygraph procedures.  It=B9s expected to make a half=20
dozen recommendations that will upgrade the lab, some of which the FBI=20
has already instituted, which Whitehurst began complaining about more=20
than a decade ago.

	Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of a Senate Judiciary=20
subcommittee, has complained to FBI Director Louis Freeh that=20
Whitehurst is being punished for blowing the whistle on questionable=20
practices in the lab.  Sources said =B3a strong possibility=B2 exists tha=
Grassley will hold hearings on the FBI lab.


Thanx for the update in the latest, greatest, etc, incident of
evidence "mishandling" that you sent me a couple weeks ago.  It leads
off with:

> FBI Whistle blower target of bugs, wiretaps
> By Jeff Stein
> from SALON, the online magazine []
> January 31, 1997
>         The home of a top FBI bomb expert who has accused senior lab=20
> officials of slanting evidence in over 1,000 cases has been=20
> wire-tapped and  burgled, according to sources close to the probe.

Can't have The Public mistrusting Their Government.  Let's have more
Education in singing patriotic songs.  Let's have more Education in
American History on TV.

We need more education.  I am the Education Politician!

I can tell you how the labscam worked (in part) in my laboratory, The
Petroleum Products Laboratory of the Army of The United States of
America.  My lab report as a bench chemist would go to the Chief
Chemist who would re-analyze some of samples from the safety and
comfort of his office.  One got to be Chief Chemist by showing a
talent for psychic chemistry.

Here's the latest entry in LABSCAM.

970208, Syracuse, NY, NPR.  Continuing repercusions of State Police
evidence prestidigitation.  One technique was to take their
fingerprint evidence from objects handled at the Police Station by the

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970322, Oklahoma City, OK, LA Times via ABC.  The FBI admits as how
maybe its labs had somewhat slanted the evidence a little bit against
Timothy McVeigh in the bombing.

970324, Kentucky, KNN.  Kentucky State Trooper James Sinnitt is
convicted of submitting a false blood sample.  This was in a paternity
suit against him.

* The Associated Press says that according to sources, a Justice
  Department report has concluded FBI lab supervisor David Williams
  made unscientific conclusions in the Oklahoma City bombing case.
    - William was withdrawn from a list of planned expert
      witnesses in January.

Intelligence, N. 56, 24 March 1997, p. 18
The FBI has not improved its luck!  In a strange turn of fate,
one of FBI Director, Louis J. Freeh's major accomplishments as
a Justice Department lawyer -- the 1991 conviction of Walter
Leroy Moody for the murder of U.S. Circuit Judge Robert S.
Vance and Georgia civil rights lawyer Robert E. Robinson -- has
been put into question by sloppy FBI forensic laboratory
procedures.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael
Bromwich examined the actual test results and concluded that
they "appear to preclude the firm conclusion that the samples
came from the same source or manufacturer" as laboratory
supervisor James Thurman had testified concerning all four
bombs allegedly built by Moody.  According to Bromwich, Thurman
is not at fault, since he was relying on the results of tests
by laboratory examiner Robert Webb, who interpreted his tests
in a manner that clearly reinforced the FBI's case.  These
tests involved gas chromatography of the paint on the bombs and
infrared spectroscopy analysis of the tape adhesive used for

These blunt comments by the inspector general were soon
followed by accusations by Bromwich that Freeh was responsible
for three inaccuracies in his 5 March testimony to a House
subcommittee about Bromwich's investigation into allegations
made by suspended FBI scientist Frederic Whitehurst of
mismanagement, sloppy work and bias at the forensic
laboratories (see "U.S.A. - FBI's Scientific & Technological
"Waterloo"; INT, n. 53 24).  FBI director Freeh soon admitted
giving incomplete testimony to Congress, but, on 17 March,
Senator Charles Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary
subcommittee that oversees the FBI, released an exchange of
letters between Bromwich and Freeh and stated that "Freeh is
playing damage control" and "misleading the public" about the
severity of the lab's problems.  According to Grassley:  "The
bureau is more worried about its image than its product (...)
The bureau is now doing a mad scramble to control the problems.
At the heart of its damage control operation is an effort to
mislead, and that effort comes right from the top of the FBI.
Right from the director himself -- Louis Freeh."  The dispute
arose because Freeh testified that Whitehurst was suspended
with pay in January "solely and directly on the basis of the
recommendation by the inspector general and their findings with
respect to Mr. Whitehurst."

COMMENT  --  According to some specialists, FBI "damage
control" is also probably behind the recent National Institute
of Justice (NIJ) report lauding the capabilities of "Smokeless
Powder Residue Analysis by Capillary Electrophoresis".  This
report begins with a very a propos recommendation for the FBI:
"Staying aware of current information and technology is
essential for law enforcement agencies, especially in the area
of forensics, where a new method of investigation may mean the
difference between conclusive and inadmissible evidence."
Capillary electrophoresis (CE) involves separating the chemical
components of explosive powder residue, collected from the hand
of shooters, clothing, spent shell casings, and other objects,
as the chemicals move through a buffer liquid under the
influence of a high-voltage electric field.  The separation is
caused by differences in size and positive or negative charge.
The study was made available on 22 March at the Justice
Department web site.

It also seems the FBI is learning quickly.  As soon as "Time"
magazine's on-line news service recently reported FBI
investigators had linked the bombings in Georgia at Centennial
Olympic Park, an abortion clinic and a nightclub to the same
bomber or bombers, Bureau spokesman, Jay Spadafore, quickly
replied that no such conclusion had been drawn:  "We're saying
there are similarities but there are also differences [between
the bombs].  Consequently, it's not possible to conclude that
any of the devices were made by the same person or persons."
Investigators have not yet completed forensic testing of the 16
January bomb against the abortion clinic in suburban Atlanta or
the 21 February bomb used against the gay and lesbian

Local press reports also mentioned that the FBI agent, David
Tubbs, responsible for the interrogation of Richard Jewell, the
onetime suspect in the Olympic park bombing, now heads the
FBI's Kansas City office, and was supposedly notified of
proposed disciplinary action including possible suspension
without pay for 15 days.  Tubbs, reportedly the only agent
involved in the Jewell interrogation to be notified of
disciplinary action, stated that he would fight such
disciplinary action.


* The Justice Department has issued a report criticizing operations
  at the FBI's crime labs.
    - report suggests that some lab personnel be removed and
      that some procedures be overhauled.
    - states that faulty evidence was produced for both the World
      Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombing cases.


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