- FBI Laboratory
The FBI Laboratory is a division within the
United States Federal Bureau of Investigationthat provides forensicanalysis support services to the FBI, as well as to state and local law enforcement agencies free of charge. The lab is currently located at Marine Corps Base Quanticoin Quantico, Virginia. Opening November 24, 1932cite web|url=http://www.fbi.gov/hq/lab/labhome.htm|title=FBI Laboratory History|publisher=Federal Bureau of Investigation] , the lab was first known as the "Technical Laboratory". It became a separate division when the "Bureau of Investigation" (BOI) was renamed in the FBI. Public tours of the lab work area were available until the FBI moved to the newly constructued J. Edgar Hoover Building in 1974. Tours of the J. Edgar Hoover Building still were available, but the route the tour moved away from the lab work space thus sealing the lab from public view. The laboratory expanded to such an extent that the "Forensic Science Research and Training Center" (FSRTC) was established at the FBI Academyin Quantico, Virginia. Methods at the FSRTC helped establish standardized forensic practices for law enforcement agencies.
The history of the FBI Lab has not been without controversy. Dr.
Frederic Whitehurst, who joined the FBI in 1982 and served as a Supervisory Special Agent at the Lab from 1986 to 1998, blew the whistle on scientific misconduct at the Lab. As a result of Whitehurst's whistleblowing, the FBI Lab implemented forty major reforms, including undergoing an accreditation process.
* [http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/special/9704a/ "The FBI Laboratory: An Investigation into Laboratory Practices and Alleged Misconduct in Explosives-Related and Other Cases" (April 1997)]
* [http://www.unabombers.com/z13DettlingTonyPrideMichelle.htm Frederic Whitehurst's criticism of Unabomber investigation]
* [http://www.public-action.com/SkyWriter/WacoMuseum/death/tscr/whitehur/fw_test.html Frederic Whitehurst's criticism of World Trade Center bombing investigation]
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