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Sunday, January 8, 2006

DOJ Report on Misidentified Madrid Bomber

A Justice Department report faulted the FBI for sloppy work but cleared the agency of more serious allegations in the botched fingerprint investigation of Oregon lawyer Brandon Mayfield. The report concluded that errors in fingerprint analysis did not result from misconduct, Mayfield's Muslim religion, or abuse of the Patriot Act...An executive summary of the classified report by Inspector General Glenn Fine found the FBI, despite its failings in the case, did not exhibit bias or violate provisions of the anti-terrorism law...The report, released Friday, said the primary reason the FBI connected Mayfield's fingerprint to the one on the backpack was its "unusual similarity" to that of Algerian national Ouhnane Daoud. The fingerprint was ultimately determined to be Daoud's. Mayfield and his supporters accused the FBI of religious bias against Mayfield, a former Army officer who had converted to the Muslim faith. Read more from . . [Mark Godsey]

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