Accession Number:

ADA522173

Title:

Fingerprints and the War on Terror: An FBI Perspective

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

In late 2001, with the Tora Bora bombing campaign in Afghanistan in full swing, a team from the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI entered the combat theater on an unprecedented mission to fingerprint, photograph, and interview captured terrorists as if they were bank robbers. The idea of this mission was to freeze the identities of terrorists through a traditional law enforcement booking procedure used for decades by police officers in the United States to track dangerous criminals so the terrorists could always be identified as such. There was urgency to this FBI mission. Afghanistan in 2001 was clearly the launching pad for the attacks of September 11.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE