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- n. The documentation showing the full process of acquisition, transfer, handling and disposition of physical or electronic materials.
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I’ve already risked chain of custody with it by removing it, but I want to get to the station, log it in to evidence in the minimum amount of time—since we logged out of Unclaimed Property at 11:04, I can get it logged in by midnight; I think that’ll stand up to any court scrutiny—then you can work on it at the police station in the duty room.
Tracing back the chain of custody of audiotapes such as the one received by Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Zaidan would conceivably eventually lead to al-Qaeda’s leaders, but such an investigation was complicated by the fact that the group used cutouts and varied the media outlets that received its messages.
However, despite the fact that many of these tapes were released first to Al Jazeera, U.S. intelligence services which were funded to the tune of around $75 billion a year were seemingly incapable of tracing the chain of custody of the tapes, an abject failure of intelligence-gathering.