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FBI Agent: Friends of Boston Marathon Bomber Knew About Material to Build Explosives

Steve Neavling

Friends of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev knew he had materials to build a bomb, an FBI agent testified Thursday, WBUR reports.

The testimony of FBI agent Farbod Azad came during the obstruction trial of Azamat Tazhayakov, who is accused of interfering with the investigation along with two other friends.

The three friends went to Tsarnaev’s dorm room after the bombing and are accused of removing a backpack with fireworks and a laptop.

According to Azad, Tazhayakov told him that one of his friend’s found a bottle of Vaseline and mouthed the words, “He used this to make the bombs.”

Tazhayakov insists he’s innocent.

ACLU Urges Florida Authorities to Open Investigation into FBI-Involved Shooting of Chechen

Steve Neavling

Tired of the FBI’s refusal to describe what happened when an agent shot and killed Ibragim Todashev in an Orlando condo, the ACLU is urging Florida authorities to investigate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The ACLU also wants to know about the Orlando police officer who was at the condo when the May 22 shooting occurred.

Orlando police won’t even confirm any of their officers were in the condo, according to the Sentinel.

Todashev, who is Chechen, was said to be friend’s with the Boston Marathon bomber who was killed.

The ACLU said the FBI “has fostered widespread public distrust.”

FBI Bars Florida Examiner from Releasing Autopsy of Chechen Man Killed by Agent

Steve Neavling

The FBI has blocked the release of the autopsy report of the Chechen man killed by an FBI agent during an investigation in May, the Boston Globe reports.

Ibragim Todashev, a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, was in his Orlando apartment when the agent shot and killed him. 

The medical examiner said the autopsy is complete and “ready for release,” but the FBI does not want the public seeing it because the case is still under investigation, according to the Globe.

“The FBI has informed this office that the case is still under active investigation and thus not to release the document,” Tony Miranda, forensic records coordinator for Orange and Osceola counties in Orlando, said in a media statement Tuesday.

Richard DesLauriers, Head of Boston FBI, Announces He’s Retiring And Joining Private Sector

Richard DesLauriers

Steve Neavling

Richard DesLauriers, who has led the Boston FBI office since July 2010, announced he’s retiring from the bureau and taking a job in the private sector, The Boston Globe reports.

DesLauriers, who most recently led the response to the Boston Marathon bombings, will retire effective July 13 as he prepares to take a job as vice-president corporate security with Penske Group, a suburban Detroit transportation company, the Globe reported.

DesLauriers also is known for helping capture mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.

“I think it’s been a very eventful three years,” he said. “We’ve had some tremendous accomplishments.”


Editorial: FBI Needs to Explain What Happened in Death of Boston Bomber’s Friend

 By Denver Post Editorial Board

The clouds of conflicting stories surrounding the police killing of a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects need to be cleared, officially and with some dispatch.

While we understand there are ongoing investigations into the shooting of Ibragim Todashev during questioning, authorities should quickly release an explanation — even a brief one — of what led to the May 22 killing of the Chechen man.

In the vacuum, anonymous sources have given different details about the events, and some versions portray the FBI in an unfavorable light.

Authorities were questioning Todashev about a triple homicide in Massachusetts, in which Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was another suspect, when, well, something happened.

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Sen. Graham Blames Information Sharing on Failure to Detect Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects

Steve Neavling 

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham sharply criticized law enforcement’s information-sharing system during the probe into the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, Business Insider reports.

Graham said the system should have picked up on the suspicious activity of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Graham also urged federal agencies to “up our game.”

“When one of these guys goes into the system and they leave the country, we need to make sure where they’re going and interview them,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

“And when somebody in the database like this begins to openly interact with radical Islamist websites, an FBI agent should knock on his door and say, ‘You told us before that you wanted to be an Olympic boxer. You love this country. What the hell is going on here? We’re watching you.'”