Systemic Corruption at the FBI
The Washington Post reports:
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 the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far…
The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups said under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions.
FBI corruption has led to other innocent deaths. And a U.S. Congressional committee admitted that – as part of its “Cointelpro” campaign – the FBI used many provocateurs in the 1950s through 1970s to carry out violent acts and falsely blame them on political activists.
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