FBI Opens New National Lab

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The FBI today opened a $130 million laboratory complex in northern Virginia’s Quantico, allowing the 650 employees to move out of cramped quarters at FBI headquarters in downtown Washington.

The bureau hopes that the nearly 500,000 square feet of space and $25 million in new equipment will help it ride out “the lingering controversy over the quality and reliability of its work,” the Washington Post reports.

The lab is considered one the world’s top forensic analysis centers. But scandals and controversies have emerged over the past decade. Prosecutors are still reviewing some of the 3,000 convictions that may have been tainted.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who led an investigation of whistle-blower allegations at the lab, said “The FBI crime lab must be beyond reproach and abide by the highest standards… Congress needs to reexamine what’s going on at the lab, what’s been fixed and if anything is still broken.”

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A34755-2003Apr24.html

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