The Justice Department has made a major reversal of its policy and now presumes that the FBI, the DEA, the ATF, and the USMS all begin video and audio recording of suspect interrogations from July 11. In addition, the memo recommends that agents and their supervisors determine other areas of the investigation process where recordings will help improve the documentation trail.This policy reversal has been welcomed by defense attorneys as well. They claim that the earlier system of the FBI and other federal agencies using one agent to interrogate the suspect and another to record it on paper lead to many false testimonies and incorrect verdicts. The defense attorneys claimed that when the suspects denied that they had made the statements that the prosecution attributed to them, they faced a situation where the jury was likely to believe the two federal agents against the word of a single suspect.
As I have written before and discussed at some length in other places, the FBI's use of hand-written 302's as the only record of interviews puts you at an inherent disadvantage. It is automatically their version of what you say that gets memorialized and no jury will believe that TWO FBI agents will concoct a narrative to prove their case. Yeah, right. I mean, the tape recorder was only invented in the 1930s. You have to ask yourself why it wasn't until now that the federal police agencies didn't make use of it. The answer of course is that to do so would have cramped their style in the creation of official lies.
I can only presume that next we will see "wag the dog" CGI-altered records as the next predictable step, since secret policemen will always find a way to protect the bureaucracy.