Friday, January 15, 2010

US Updates Photos For Wanted Terrorists

The US State Department and the FBI have released new digitally enhanced photos of wanted terrorists, including Osama bin Laden, to reflect how they may have aged and/or altered their appearance since the last known photos were taken.
Using sophisticated digital enhancement techniques, forensic artists at the FBI’s laboratory in Quantico, Virginia have “age progressed” old photos of 18 terrorist suspects listed on the State Department’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) website ( Fourteen of these suspects also are being sought by the FBI.
The RFJ program is offering monetary rewards for information leading to the apprehension and/or conviction of these suspects. FBI forensic artists modified the suspects’ facial features to show what they might look like today. In other cases, their features have been modified to show how they might appear with different grooming and clothing choices. Federal investigators hope these updated images will enable the public to better identify these wanted suspects.
“It is our hope that these digitally enhanced images will help someone recognize these terrorist suspects and then contact the Rewards for Justice program with information that leads to their apprehension,” said Robert Eckert, assistant director for Diplomatic Security’s Threat Information and Analysis Directorate, which oversees the Rewards for Justice program.
 Updated photo information is also provided for Mullah Omar. It's hoped that the new images may provide new leads to the whereabouts of these most wanted terrorists.

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