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Monday, March 24, 2003

BREAKING NEWz you can UzE...
compiled by Jon Stimac

Suspect in 1982 Murder Arrested in Illinois - THE BLACK HILLS PIONEER, SD  - March 21, 2003 ...AFIS returned a "hit" identifying five fingerprints from the crime scene as belonging to the new suspect...

Experts Try to Link Fingerprints - THE NEWS CHIEF, FL - March 21, 2003 ...fingerprint experts from near and far testified for the state in day five of a death penalty trial...

Fingerprint Match Leads to Arrest in Robbery - THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, LA - March 20, 2003 ...detectives entered a fingerprint from the withdrawal slip into the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System...

Nichols Prosecution Hits Defense Request - THE OKLAHOMAN - March 19, 2003 ...criticism was aimed specifically at a defense motion to ban fingerprint evidence from the upcoming preliminary hearing...

Crime-fighting Gains New Edge - THE EVANSVILLE COURIER, KY - March 16, 2003 ...in eight weeks, the AFIS machine has helped officers match fingerprints in six unsolved cases...

Good morning via the "Detail," a weekly e-mail newsletter that greets latent print examiners around the globe every Monday morning. The purpose of the Detail is to help keep you informed of the current state of affairs in the latent print community, to provide an avenue to circulate original fingerprint-related articles, and to announce important events as they happen in our field.

The tentative program for the IAI Conference in Ottawa has been released, and is available on the IAI website (theiai.org).  It is always a good idea to arrange lodging and travel details (hotel reservation, passport etc.) several months prior to the event, which is quickly approaching.  More detailed information is available on the IAI website.

This week, I was moved by Dave Charlton's "Weekend Wake-up Call" and I think it is a very fitting to pass on his thoughts in light of recent events. It moved me to more consciously consider events from a different perspective. I would encourage your continued thoughts and prayers with the military and citizens of all countries involved, including home-land (allied) security and safety.  And as you read the Detail, consider the many victims and families of 9-11, military casualties, and other not-so-obvious victims associated with the war on terrorism.

Weekend Wake up Call
by Dave Charlton

Friends and Colleagues,

My weekend wake up call this week is both serious and muted. I have just sat down with my wife for the past 4 hours and watched the devastation of 'shock and awe' on Baghdad. Whether you fall into the camp of pro war or anti, it would be inhuman not to feel for the poor Iraqi civilians caught up in the terrifying pounding that happened upon downtown Baghdad this evening. It is worth reflecting at this most difficult of times, that whatever our relatively minor concerns are over our profession, they are insignificant when you compare them with the basic problems of humanity. Our leaders in the US and UK have decided that this is the correct course of action. I sincerely hope that history proves them to be correct in their policy. I am a hard and skeptical person, and I have seen many horrors in my professional life. But I still had a strange tingle down my spine upon witnessing events on SKY, CNN and the BBC. I felt contempt for myself for watching the devastation on TV from an almost surreal air of calm in my living room. I felt like a voyeur, preying on the misfortune of others. To witness pain and suffering down the cold tube of a TV aperture made for uncomfortable viewing, yet compelling at the same time. I for one hope that this war can be brought to a speedy and satisfactory end. Not for the US and UK but more importantly for the Iraqi people who have suffered enough over the past 20 years. There is little doubt Saddam Hussein is/was a tyrant of considerable evil. But, like all wars, it was he, as a leader, that chose to submit his own people to the carnage unfolding. I do not doubt the need to prosecute this war and to 'prevail'. I just hope that all sides can pursue the peace with as much enthusiasm as they pursued war.

I was once nearly blown up by an IRA bomb in a London train station. It amounted to no more than a couple of pounds of semtex in a trash can. I was 30 feet away. I will never forget the sound of the explosion or the screams of the victims. I will never forget attending to a young girl who had lacerations bone deep on both her legs. I will never forget the shock that I felt and the way I was shaking uncontrollably in my office afterwards. I will never forget or get rid of the psychological trauma of not being able to walk down the same side of the road as a trash can for years afterwards. It
is sobering to think that the bombs that fell on Baghdad were 1000 times more powerful!

I will be back to my normal self next week. But for now, have a good weekend, wherever you are, and occasionally spare a thought for what it must be like to be the victim of 'Shock and Awe'.


The  Team


For informal latent print related discussion, visit the CLPEX message board.
And as usual, the onin.com forum (http://onin.com/fp/wwwbd/) is also available for more formal latent print-related discussions.
For discussions with an international flair, check out Dave Charlton's forum at: http://charlton97.proboards12.com/index.cgi


UPDATES on CLPEX.com this week...

Removed CARDPACT from the Training page

Preparing for only two open-enrollment RSW courses this year; Orange County California, and Suffolk County New York.  Details will be passed on next week.

Working on updating the CLPEX.com bookstore.  More books have been / are being purchased to replenish stock.  I have acquired the help of an excellent person wishing to remain anonymous, and we will be working together to provide an even more comprehensive bookstore for the benefit of the fingerprint field.  A public 'thank you' to the helper in the background.  More details on specific books next week.

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Have a GREAT week!