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How not to conduct a terrorist investigation

Reader comment on item: More Reasons for Brandon Mayfield's Incarceration

Submitted by Theron Fuller (United States), Jul 10, 2008 at 13:17

Three FBI senior fingerprint experts stated they had concluded "with 100 percent accuracy" that the Madrid fingerprint was Mayfield's. Problem was, they were 100 percent wrong.

All the stuff you itemized above is facts, not evidence. Nobody in the U.S. government ever produced any credible evidence against Mayfield. Just a bunch of unconnected facts. So somebody in his house checked airline scedules to Spain. Nobody in the house ever went to Spain. It's the same with all the other facts you list.

But the most compelling fact about the whole case is the U.S. government paid out $2 million to Mayfield to settle their massive screwup.

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