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Powerful Bipartisan Committee Probes Serious Flaws in FBI Lab Research

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A powerful bi-partisan House committee is investigating serious flaws found in FBI labs, McClatchy reports. 

Leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voiced “grave concern” about recent discoveries that the FBI came to erroneous conclusions on hair analysis that ended up being far from perfect.

“The scope of this catastrophe is almost impossible to believe,” wrote Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., adding that the recent discoveries are “shocking and obviously unacceptable.”

The lawmakers want to meet with Comey by May 22 for a hearing to determine how much he knew about the errors and when he found out.

The committee’s actions come on the heels of testimony that showed that at least 90% of the hair analysis cases analyzed by the FBI contained erroneous statements.

“We need to understand more about these cases,” Chaffetz and Cummings wrote.

Last month, Amy Hess, the executive assistant director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch, emphasized that the Justice Department and the FBI are “committed to ensuring that affected defendants are notified of past errors and that justice is done in every instance.”

Government Watchdog: FBI Spies on Wrong Americans Because of Routine Typography Errors

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has unintentionally spied on Americans who were not the targets of investigations because of routine, avoidable mistakes, the National Journal reports.

The Justice Department’s inspector general discovered that the FBI sometimes collected data on the wrong people because of typographical errors.

“We found that the FBI’s corrective measures have not completely eliminated potential intelligence violations resulting from typographical errors in the identification of a telephone number, email address, or social security number in an NSL,” the report reads. “These typographical errors cause the FBI to request and, in some instances receive, the information of someone other than the intended target of the NSL.”

Despite those problems, the inspector general concluded that the FBI is doing a better job handling national security letters.

ATF Holds Seminars to Avoid Errors on Paperwork That Jeopardizes Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Make a mistake on paperwork for a gun purchase can prevent authorities from tracking down a killer, the ATF warns, according to WDIO.com.

To avoid mistakes made in the past, the ATF is hosting a series of seminars starting in Minnesota.

ATF Senior Special Agent and Public Information Officer Robert Schmidt the idea is to “get the word out about proper documentation of firearm transactions.”

Improper documentation can kill a case, the ATF warned.

“We may not be able to get correct trace results,” Schmidt said to WDIO.com. “We may not be able to find out who the original purchaser of the firearm was,”

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