would refuse to record interviews(officially and admitted to, at least): because written notes can be edited and, ah, 'interpreted' as they choose.
Charlton, who was fired by the Justice Department in 2006 for trying (without success) to force the FBI to record confessions in Arizona, had been sorely frustrated by its policy. "We lost cases, we had to plead down cases, we had to drop cases just because of this policy," he recalls in a phone interview.
The Justice Department, finally waking up to the arrival of the 21st century, now has a task force reexamining the virtual ban on recording, which by any reasonable standard is as obsolete as J. Edgar Hoover. But the FBI shows no openness to change.
Spokesman Bill Carter provides the traditional explanations for rejecting recording as a normal practice. He says they can "inhibit frank discussions and end interviews early" if the arrestee is averse to taping.
Maybe so. But the occasional objection from someone being questioned doesn't justify a general policy against taping.
It doesn't. And it's hard to believe the FBI would refuse to record because "We've never done that." Has to be an actual reason. I'm just afraid of exactly what that reason is.