Episode 6: Interview with Dr. Fred Whitehurst on FBI labs

An interview with Dr. Frederic Whitehurst about his service in the military in Vietnam, his educational background as a Chemist and attorney, his experience working with the FBI labs as a chemist, his work with the Office of the Inspector General in reforming practices and protocols at the FBI, and his current career as a criminal defense attorney and forensic consultant.

Show notes and links:

Dr. Frederic Whitehurst’s page on the National Whistleblower Center’s website:

http://www.whistleblowers.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=65

New York Times article about $1.1 million settlement paid by FBI to Whitehurst:

NPR interview with Fred Whitehurst about Dr. Dang Thuy Tram’s diary and the return of the diary to Vietnam:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6492819

USA Today article about Whitehurst and the Tram diary:

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-10-11-vietnam-diaries_x.htm

New York Times article about Whitehurst and the Tram diary:

Children of Vietnam (charity that helps children in Vietnam with education, healing, and other assistance that Whitehurst works with) page about Whitehurst:

https://www.childrenofvietnam.org/profile/frederic-whitehurst/

Amazon link to Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: the Diary of Dang Thuy Tram:

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Night-Dreamed-Peace-Diary/dp/0307347389/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494808046&sr=8-1&keywords=i+dream+of+peace+vietnam

The film Don’t Burn based on Dr. Tram’s diary and her story:

OIG report excerpt on Psinakis case and Whitehurst’s role in that case:

https://oig.justice.gov/special/9704a/22retali.htm

Wikipedia article about Daubert standard:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daubert_standard

Washington Post articles by Spencer Hsu on the FBI labs:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/convicted-defendants-left-uninformed-of-forensic-flaws-found-by-justice-dept/2012/04/16/gIQAWTcgMT_story.html?utm_term=.594acf79caf8

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/report-irreversible-harm-when-fbi-didnt-reveal-flawed-lab-work-in-death-row-cases/2014/07/16/ebf9496e-0d29-11e4-8341-b8072b1e7348_story.html?utm_term=.b34f78da04db

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/federal-review-stalled-after-finding-forensic-errors-by-fbi-lab-unit-spanned-two-decades/2014/07/29/04ede880-11ee-11e4-9285-4243a40ddc97_story.html?utm_term=.47bfbdd1a988

Innocence Project page on Donald Eugene Gates:

Donald Eugene Gates

2014 Office of the Inspector General update on review of FBI labs:

https://oig.justice.gov/reports/2014/e1404.pdf

Additional interviews with Fred Whitehurst that I listened to and enjoyed:

2012/04/25: James Corbett of the CorbettReport.com interviews Whitehurst

Interview 502 – Dr. Frederic Whitehurst on the FBI Crime Lab

2013/08/09: Whitehurst on TalkViewNam, Vietnamese television:

Whitehurst on Primetime Live with Sam Donaldson:

1997/04: MSNBC with on the FBI lab scandal, the Office of the Inspector General report on the FBI labs and Whitehurst:

CSPAN coverage of FBI Operations hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee:

Larry King Live circa 1995 featuring Whitehurst:

2010/04/01: The Alex Jones Show with Whitehurst:

2015/11/27: Opperman Report with Whitehurst:

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