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Tag: Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Washington Post Editorial: FBI Has Responsibility to Come Clean about Ibragim Todashev’s Death

By Washington Post 
Editorial Board

There is no greater threat to the legitimacy of the U.S. political system, at home and abroad, than the perception that an obsession with terrorism and other threats has given rise to an unaccountable American national security apparatus. Much of this perception reflects hyperbole from those who do not understand the U.S. system and the threats it faces, or who do understand but wish the United States ill. Yet many of those who have lost trust in the U.S. government have good-faith concerns about genuine issues — such as waterboarding under the Bush administration or the failure of Congress and President Obama to establish better oversight of the National Security Agency.

It is with this latter group of good-faith critics in mind that the Obama administration must approach the troubling matter of Ibragim Todashev’s violent death at the hands, apparently, of an FBI special agent on May 22. An associate of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the late suspected mastermind of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, Mr. Todashev was shot several times, under murky circumstances, while being interrogated by the FBI in his Orlando apartment. He was reportedly suspected of involvement in a separate triple homicide that may also have been perpetrated by Mr. Tsarnaev. Not only is his death regrettable, doubly so if it was avoidable, but it also silenced, forever, a witness who may have had much to tell about Mr. Tsarnaev’s alleged criminal and terrorist careers.

According to the sketchy reports that have emerged since, Mr. Todashev, 27, who had a history of arrests for violent offenses, suddenly attacked his FBI questioner, who fired in self-defense. But the conflicting and downright strange leaked accounts — some indicated that Mr. Todashev had a knife or a sword, others that he merely knocked over a table — have been more than enough to fuel reasonable suspicions, let alone the multiple conspiracy theories reverberating globally via the Internet.

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Florida State Attorney to Reveal Results of Investigation of FBI Shooting of Friend of Boston Marathon Bomber

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A state investigation into the mysterious fatal shooting of a friend of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerian Tsaranev during an FBI interview is expected to be released next month.

The Boston Herald reports that Florida state Attorney Jeffrey Ashton anticipates releasing the report by the end of March.

The Florida investigation is one of three into what happened to 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev when he was being interview by FBI agents and state police at his Orlando apartment.

Some Congress Members Demand More Answers About Boston Marathon Bombing Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some members of Congress are still not satisfied with FBI’s response to questions about the Boston Marathon bombings, My Fox Boston reports.

One of the lingering questions is: Why didn’t the FBI tell local law enforcement that Russian authorities had warned the U.S. about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the bombing suspect who was killed.

Leading the charge is Rep. William R. Keating, D-Bourne, who is frustrated that he can’t get more pointed responses from the FBI.

“(Information sharing) was an important piece after 9/11, and I’m not seeing any kind of formal effort to take information that’s there and share it with local law enforcement,” Keating told FOX Undercover reporter Mike Beaudet.

The FBI responded that the police department had access to a computer system, Guardian, that would have divulged information about Tsarnaev.

Surviving Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect May Argue Brother Was Influence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Should Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be given the death penalty?

Legal experts said his lawyers may try to avoid the death penalty by arguing their client was under the influence of his brother, who recently was implicated in a past triple murder, Time reports.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorneys are trying to access records that suggest his now-dead brother committed a 2011 triple murder – a revelation made public Monday.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attorneys said they have evidence that their client’s involvement has “mitigating information.”

The 20-year-old faces 30 federal charges in the twin bombings on April 15 that claimed the lives of three people, Time wrote.

Slain Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Implicated in Triple Murder

Steve Neavling
ticklethwire.com

Before Tamerlan Tsarnaez was accused of planting bombs at the finishing line at the Boston Marathon, the slain suspect participated in a triple murder in a nearby town, his friend told investigators, Reuters reports.

The newly filed court records said Ibragim Todashev told investigators that Tsarnaez took part in a triple stabbing.

During that interview, Todashev was killed in a reported confrontation with authorities, who remain tight-lipped about the incident.

Todashev’s father has claimed foul play.

New Head of FBI Office in Boston Pledges to Continue Probing Boston Marathon Bombing

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Newly appointed chief of Boston’s FBI office, Vincent Lisi, said his office is nowhere close to being finished investigating the Boston marathon bombing shootings, The Boston Globe reports.

“We owe that to the victims of the bombing,” Vincent B. Lisi, special agent in charge of the Boston FBI, told the Globe. “Our focus, commitment, is that nobody in our office will rest until we’ve identified everyone that had anything to do with the bombing and make sure they face justice.”

The 49-year-old began his career in 1989. Since then, he’s investigated gangs and drug dealers. He also served as deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters.

While head of the Boston office, Lisi said he wants to improve the relationship between the FBI and local law enforcement to better respond to emergencies such as terrorist attacks.

Life Continues, Slowly at First, for Widow of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Katherine Russell is trying to return to a normal life.

That’s no easy task when you’re the widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a firefight with police in April.

Russell is caring for her toddler daughter and working for a family friend in New Hampshire, The Providence Journal reports.

Her lawyer dispelled rumors that Russell converted to Christianity.

“She remains a Muslim and still wears a hijab,” lawyer Amato A. DeLuca, of DeLuca & Weizenbaum said.

Congressman to FBI: ‘Why Won’t You Come in And Talk to Us’

Rep. Keating/gov photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. William Keating  touched on a new  FBI directive is urging the bureau to share information with local police about terrorist threats, the Boston Herald reports. He wants to talk to the FBI.

“That’s news to me,” Keating, a Homeland Security Committee member, said. “If there’s something through these directives and meetings whereby they’re helping communication, then they’re still not communicating that with Congress.”

Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis testified in a congressional hearing, saying the FBI never shared information about the slain Boston Marathon bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Keating added: “First and foremost, the first line of defense is local. This is something that was underscored time and time again. The one biggest question I have right now is, ‘Why won’t you come in and talk to us.”