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Tag: Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Friend of Suspected Boston Marathon Bombers Was Followed by FBI Last Year

Khairullozhon MatanovSteve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was closely monitoring a friend of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers last year and even urged him to avoid Boston’s Fourth of July fireworks, the Boston Globe reports.

The agents were ordered to “make sure they stay with Mr. [Khairullozhon] Matanov, and don’t lose him,” Special Agent Timothy McElroy told US Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler in court.

Prosecutors said the 23-year-old Matanov, who was charged with obstruction of justice last week, lied about interacting with the brothers on the week of the attack.

The FBI told Matanov to stay away from the fireworks and the Boston Marathon to avoid alarming people.

Matanov, a native of Kyrgyzstan, faces up to 20 years in prison.

Friend of Boston Marathon Bombers Sent Money to Six Countries Using Fake Names

Khairullozhon MatanovSteve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is accused of sending more than $71,000 to six countries, often using fake names between 2010 and 2013, the Associated Press reports.

An FBI agent spoke of the money during testimony at a hearing Wednesday.

The friend, Khairullozhon Matanov, stopped sending them money when one of the suspects was in Russia. the agent testified.

Matanov also is accused of lying to investigates and deleting computer files.

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Opinion: FBI Has Plenty of Questions to Answer About Its Repeated Failures Following Boston Marathon Attack

By The Rutland Herald
Editorial Board

As Boston marks the first anniversary of the Marathon bombings, one chapter closes. But there’s still enough to fill a book — especially when it comes to the role of the FBI.

Questions about it pour from the pages of numerous post-bombing government reports. An assessment by the House Homeland Security Committee challenges the FBI’s resistance to information sharing. A review done by various intelligence agencies highlights missed opportunities involving the threat posed by a radicalized Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Reports by a Florida prosecutor and the Department of Justice address the shooting death of Ibragim Todashev, who tied Tamerlan Tsarnaev to a triple homicide in Waltham, Mass., on Sept. 11, 2011. Unsurprisingly, both reports conclude that Todashev’s shooting by an FBI agent was justified. But why was Todashev questioned in his Orlando apartment, with access to items that could be used as weapons, rather than in a more secure environment?

Lawyers for Tamerlan’s brother, Dzhokhar, also claim the FBI sought to turn Tamerlan into an informant. The government said it has “no evidence” of that, which doesn’t exactly shut the door on the possibility.

Richard DesLauriers, the now retired FBI agent who was in charge of the Boston office and the Marathon investigation, went on “60 Minutes” to explain how the FBI identified the bombers. But the FBI has never told the public who interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, nor explained why that agent failed to recognize the older brother from the surveillance video. So much for that old saying that a police officer never forgets a face. If this agent remembered Tamerlan’s face, it might have averted the public release of the video and the manhunt and violence that followed.

One-Year Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings Brings Unanswered Questions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One year after twin pressure cooker bombs detonated at the Boston Marathon bombings, many questions remain.

Why did federal authorities miss an opportunity to act on a warning from Russia that bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was becoming radicalized? How much of a role did his younger brother, Dzhokhar, play in attack? Would the brothers have launched an attack in New York?

“The obvious one is the motivation and how could two young men who were in a country that, from all appearances, was very good to them end up this radical,” former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, who helped lead the investigation, told the Associated Press.

The April 15 bombings killed three people and injured 260 more. At least 16 people lost limbs, the AP wrote.

Inspector General: FBI Failed to Properly Assess Suspected Boston Marathon Bomber for Reported Extremism

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If the FBI conducted a “more thorough assessment” of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the bureau may have been able to prevent the attack, according to an Inspector General report, The Los Angeles Times writes.

The report concludes the FBI should have done a better job handling Russian intelligence that suggested Tsarnaev was embracing Islamic extremism and could pose a threat.

The FBI investigated Tsarnaev based on a 2011 tip from Russia, but the bureau found links to terrorism.

Report on FBI’s Shooting of Ibragim Todashev Draws Critics, More Questions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Not everyone is satisfied with how the FBI handled Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen man who had ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing shooters and was killed by an agent during an alleged confession.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that state prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton and others, including civil rights groups, have some qualms with the FBI’s handling of the affair.

Boston Herald columnist Peter Gelzinis said the 161-page report on Todashev’s death was a “whitewash,” adding, “Once again the FBI waltzes away from a mess. No harm, no foul.”

The account of Todashev’s death was finally released this week after a 10-month hold during which the FBI blocked access to the medical examiner’s report, CSM reported.

“The central question of whether the killing of Mr. Todashev was justified remains frustratingly unanswered,” Baylor Johnson, an American Civil Liberties Union spokesman, told NPR after the report was released Tuesday.

Autopsy Shows FBI Shot Chechen Man Ibragim Todashev 7 Times During Interrogation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An FBI agent interviewing Ibragim Todashev shot the Chechen man six times in the body and once in the head after a sudden altercation in his Florida apartment, ABC News reports, citing an autopsy report.

The 27-year-old, who was an associate of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was being questioned about an unsolved 2011 triple murder in Massachusetts.

After implicating himself, Todashev crashed a coffee table into the back of the head of an FBI agent and came at officers with a long object, according to the findings by Florida State Attorney General Jeffrey Ashton.

The agent responded by opening fire.

The report said there’s “no evidence of close range firing in any of the gunshot wounds.”

To read the autopsy click here.

FBI Stands Behind Decision to Release Photos of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

Officer Sean Collier

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI did the right thing by releasing photos of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects last year, even though it led to the death of an MIT police officer.

The Associated Press reports that Stephanie Douglas, an executive assistant director of the FBI’s Security Division, said law enforcement “really had no choice” but to release the photos of Dzhohkar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan.

While on the run, the brothers killed MIT Officer Sean Collier.

“Believe me, the death of Sean Collier is not lost on the FBI,” she said. “But I think at the end of the day, given the facts as we knew them at the time, we made the best decision.”