It’s Been One Year Since the FBI Killed Ibragim Todashev

Since then, every detail about Todashev’s death seems to raise more haunting questions.

Ibragim Todashev was shot to death one year ago today. At the time, the vague, piecemeal reports of his death trickling out of the FBI added another layer of mystery to a story that had already transfixed Boston: the marathon bombings. Todashev had come to the attention of the FBI because he was a friend of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. But leaked FBI sources said that just before he was killed, Todashev had connected himself and Tsarnaev to another crime: a 2011 triple murder in Waltham.

Today, we know much more about what happened in Todashev’s Orlando apartment that fatal night. A report released by Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton’s office unleashed a wealth of information, including interviews and statements from the law enforcement officials involved in the shooting: two Massachusetts state troopers and the FBI special agent who shot Todashev dead. An error Ashton’s office made while formatting the report also allowed news organizations such as the Boston Globe to learn these officer’s names.

But every detail we have learned about Todashev’s death seems to raise more haunting questions. Currently, the Massachusetts chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers, the Boston Globe and even the agent who shot Todashev, have all asked that the FBI release more information on the case. And the investigation into the Waltham murders is still open. A rare statement from the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office seems to indicate that detectives are still searching for more suspects: “Identifying all parties responsible for that terrible incident remains a top priority.”

When the FBI first made contact with Todashev, days after the bombings, they were looking for information about his friend Tamerlan Tsarnaev. But after a month of interrogations, clandestine surveillance, and the detainment of Todashev’s girlfriend, state troopers Joel Gagne and Curtis Cinelli, along with Boston-based Special Agent Aaron MacFarlane, travelled to Orlando to interview him in connection to the Waltham case. One of the victims, Brendan Mess, had been Tamerlan’s close friend, and there had already been speculation that the Tsarnaev brother was involved in the killings.

That suspicion had spread to Todashev, who was considered a “person of interest” in the case.

“We didn’t have anything concrete at that point, that, that tied him to the homicide,” said Gagne, according to the Ashton report. “It was more his reluctance to acknowledge that he was in the Boston area in the early week of September [2011].”

The officers’ mission in interviewing Todashev wasn’t necessarily to make an arrest, but to, “either confirm or dispel any type of involvement,” said Curtis Cinelli, the other Massachusetts State Trooper who was there.

Hours into the interview, Todashev did eventually admit some involvement. “I’m telling you I was involved in it, okay, I, I had no idea [Tsarnaev] gonna kill anyone,” the report quotes him as telling the officers. Todashev said that he and Tsarnaev had planned to rob the drug-dealer victims of $40,000, not to kill them. A blood-splattered copy of Todashev’s unfinished handwritten confession, obtained by Boston magazine, expands on that quote, but also raises more questions: Todashev apparently wrote that when he and Tamerlan confronted their victims, they “put them on the ground,” and “taped their hands up.” But the bodies at the scene did not have their hands bound.

And Todashev’s account fails to explain why Tamerlan would rob and murder his friend and sparring partner Brendan Mess and leave $5,000 behind at the scene. He mentions pointing a gun at the victims, but they weren’t shot to death—instead, their throats were slit.

Recent reports by the Boston Globe about McFarlane have raised new questions as well. In his former job as an Oakland police officer, McFarlane was the subject of two police brutality suits and four internal investigations, the Globe reported. In an editorial, the Globe demanded that the FBI release the tapes of Todashev’s confession. “The official accounts of Todashev’s shooting can no longer simply be accepted as complete and reliable. Ending the secrecy around the tapes would be a good first step to restore confidence.”

McFarlane himself apparently told a supervisor that he wanted the tapes released. “It would be nice if we released the video because it would refute many of the press’ allegations,” the Ashton report quotes him as saying.

CAIR-FL has also filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the digital recordings of the interview that night. “We’re just beginning to unravel the level of negligence and mistakes on behalf of the FBI,” says director Hassan Shibly. Most recently, the ACLU has filed a suit against the FBI and US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, alleging that their FOIAs have been ignored.

If we hear anything new about Todashev’s death and the Waltham murder, it could be from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers this fall. Dzhokhar faces a trial and potential capital punishment, his lawyers have twice requested—and been denied—information about the investigation into the Waltham murder investigation. “Tamerlan’s having committed a gruesome triple murder—and having included a “close friend” among the victims—would powerfully support the inference that Dzhokhar experienced his older brother as an all-powerful force who could not be ignored or disobeyed,” they wrote in a motion. It’s ironic that in defending one alleged murderer, they could bring closure to the families of the victims of another.

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  • Mark McDonald

    LMFAO The idiot attacked the police, he should be dead and that has nothing to do with being a muslims, idiots from CAIR

    • furtive

      You need a frontal lobotomy.

      • Mark McDonald

        wow that was impressive. you must be one of those angry muslims

        • furtive

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          • Mark McDonald

            Just because I don’t support Liberal’s Anti-God, Amoral agenda does not make me: Ignorant, racist, a bigot, a hillbilly, uneducated, stupid, idiot, hater, inbred, moron. It simply means I think for myself, honor God, and Love my country. The Liberal Motto: “hear no evil, see no evil, speak of the evil

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    Members of The Council On American Islamic Relations arrested for jihad terror related crimes: Ghassan Elashi, Mousa Abu Marzook, Randall Royer, Bassem Khafagi, and Rabih Haddad.

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    Human Rights Attorney appears on Kelly File for second night in a row, Dismantles The Muslim Brotherhood Front Group, Cair (The Council Of American-Islamic Relations) Representative. by Shoebat Foundation on April 2, 2014 . Human rights attorney Brooke Goldstein appeared on the Kelly File for the second night in a row, this time, opposite a representative from The Muslim Brotherhood Front Group, Cair (The Council Of American-Islamic Relations) -Chicago. During her appearance, Goldstein spoke more truth about who and what The Muslim Brotherhood Front Group, Cair (The Council Of American-Islamic Relations) is than has been vocalized on Fox News in a long time, if at all. Goldstein explained that The Muslim Brotherhood Front Group, Cair (The Council Of American-Islamic Relations) is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Goldstein explained that The Muslim Brotherhood Front Group, Cair (The Council Of American-Islamic Relations) is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Karoluk could say nothing except ‘that’s not true’, which is a lie by itself. Further damning to Karoluk is The The Muslim Brotherhood Front Group, Cair (The Council Of American-Islamic Relations) branch she works for in Chicago. Its Executive Director is Ahmed Rehab, who once referred to Imam Jamal Said as a ‘great American faith leader’.

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    ISLAMPHOBIA FAKE HATE – Muslims Fake Crime – At approximately 9:30 PM this evening, April 24, 2014, the University Police Department received a report of an assault that occurred at approximately 7:30 pm in front of Whitman Hall. The male victim reported being assaulted by three unknown white males after being referred to as an “Islamic terrorist.” The only description of the three males is that they all were wearing blue jeans and black hoodie jackets. The males fled in an unknown direction. Reported Assault at Montclair State University, Man Attacked and Referred to as an ‘Islamic terrorist,” Baristanet, April 25, 2014 (thanks to Martin): Montclair State University has confirmed that the alleged assault of a male student on April 24, 2014 was a fabrication. The student is being charged with creating a false public alarm and filing a false police report. You can learn a lot about a religion by looking at the sorts of things its adherents argue about.

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    ISLAMPHOBIA BULLY – The American Freedom Law Center, or AFLC, announced Thursday that it is “representing seven private citizens who were issued harassing subpoenas by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) because they publicly expressed their opposition to the construction of an Islamic center in their neighborhood in Pittsfield Township, Michigan.” This multi-million dollar Muslim Brotherhood machine is steamrolling over everyone and everything in its path. Now the thugs at Hamas-tied CAIR are harassing and bullying ordinary American citizens. Hamas-CAIR systematically destroys voices of freedom, while using its leftist lapdogs in the media and culture to whitewash its terror ties.

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    ISLAMPHOBIA – CAIR AND MUSLIMS LIES: Muslim Man Convicted Of Murdering Wife After He And CAIR Tried To Blame Islamophobia. A San Diego Muslim man who accused unknown non-Muslim assailants of slaying his wife two years ago was found guilty of her murder this week. Apparently, the murderer was going for the Islamophobic ‘two-fer’ when he hatched his dastardly scheme. One, he could murder his wife in some sort of honor killing. Two, he could bear false witness against non-Muslims and stoke himself some Islamophobia, Saul Alinsky-style. Even CAIR’s local Executive Director sought out cameras to do the same, though Hanif Mohebi was only identified in a local news report as a “family friend” and not in his capacity as the leader of a local chapter of a Muslim Brotherhood front group. Thursday, April 24, 2014. You can learn a lot about a religion by looking at the sorts of things its adherents argue about

    ISLAMPHOBIA – islamphobia = muslim ability to shut down the truth by accusing someone of nothing. You can learn a lot about a religion by looking at the sorts of things its adherents argue about

    ISLAMPHOBIA – What I don’t understand is Muslims were not happy in the Middle East, so why move to the USA and continue to hate everything in life?

    ISLAMPHOBIA BOKO – Let me see if I understand this correctly, CAIR condemns terrorist group Boko Haram, who if arrested by the United States would be sent to Gotmo. Defending the rights of Muslims in the United States. CAIR claims that they are not associated with Radical Islam or terrorism. Yet CAIR is organizing a protest “ Day of Action to Close Gitmo.” The people in Gitmo are know Terrorist, what is their relationship with CAIR. Religion, terrorist are soldiers of Allah and CAIR is their defenders? I am sure CAIR will claim that I am Islamphobia to ask what their relationship is. Join CAIR on May 23 for Global Day of Action to Close Gitmo, End Indefinite Detention. Friday, May 09, 2014

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    ISLAMPHOBIA STEALING – Ebraheem Maki Naif, St. Louis, Missouri, Owner of Gravois Discount Smokes Pleads Guilty to Food Stamp Fraud. from January 2008 through May 2012, Naif, doing business as Abes Gravois Discount, also known as Gravois Discount Smokes, redeemed approximately $1,903,402 in food stamp benefits and received the same in federal appropriated money as reimbursement for the food stamp sales. In 2011, Naif redeemed $690,198 in food stamp transactions. During that same time period, Naif reported to the city of St. Louis the cost of the goods he sold in 2011 was $25,750 and that he received $80,800 in gross receipts for the sale of those goods. Naif admitted that he conducted illegal food stamp transactions and allowed customers to purchase merchandise such as cigarettes, cologne, and calling cards, as well as receiving cash back for food stamp sales. Naif admitted that due to his illegal food stamp sales he caused losses of at least $609,398 in 2011. Naif also agreed to forfeit $30,765 and a vehicle seized from him during the investigation.

    ISLAMPHOBIA – Muslim Musab Mohammed Masmari, 30, Who Set Fire to Neighbours Nightclub on New Year’s Eve Pleads Guilty to Federal Arson Charge. “This defendant violated people’s right to gather safely: he put more than 700 lives at risk when he purposely started a fire at a crowded nightclub on New Year’s Eve,” said U.S. Attorney Durkan. Masmari carried a one gallon tank of gas into the club in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood around 11:30 p.m. on December 31, 2013. He concealed the gas tank in a shopping bag. Just after midnight, Masmari poured some of the gasoline on a staircase in Neighbours and hid the gas container behind a planter at the top of the stairs. The container was still more than half full of gasoline. At 12:06 a.m., Masmari lit the gas he had poured on the stairs and hastily left the club. Masmari was identified as a suspect following a review of surveillance videos. He was arrested by the Seattle Police Department and FBI on February 1, 2014, as he was preparing to travel to Sea-Tac Airport for international travel.

    ISLAMPHONBIA – Iranian Muslim Mehrzad Malekzadeh of Sugar Land, Texas was arrested at the Kemah Walmart. for terrorist threats and hoax bomb, both class A misdemeanors. witness reported seeing a knife-wielding, masked man inside a car who was initially at a nearby Target. The police found several unknown devices in his pockets and attached to his body. Clearly an attempted attack on Christianity and not the first time, in 2011 he was arrested with poisonous material around a train. In that case he said he wanted to “bury OUR GOD”. CAIR defended Mehrzad, claiming that the prosecution is Islamphobia and Mehrzad is waiting trial. Mehrzad is a soldier of Allah.

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    ISLAMPHOBIA FAMILY ARRESTED – Ali Mahmood-Awad Irsan, 57, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jordan and resident of Conroe, was arrested yesterday along with his wife, Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, 37, also a Jordanian national, and daughter, Nadia Irsan, 30, a U.S. citizen. Ali Irsan and his family members are charged federally with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., theft of public money, and benefits fraud. The investigation also led to charges against Ali Irsan for murder in state district court. The murder charge alleges Ali Irsan intentionally or knowingly caused the death of Gelareh Bagherzadeh on January 15, 2012, by shooting her with a firearm. FBI Friday, May 23, 2014

    ISLAMPHOBIA POPE – Pope Benedict XVI in a speech in Germany in 2006 Sept. got himself in trouble by quoting a 17th century emperor, Manuel II Paleologus, dialogue with an Iranian scholar. The emperor said, “Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” This infuriated the Muslims being called violent so much that they called for the killing of the Pope. Seven churches were attacked and bombed in the West Bank and Gaza and one in Basra in Iraq. Ironically, prompting this headline: “The Pope implies Islam is a violent religion and Muslims bomb churches.”

    ISLAMPHOBIA HATE SPEECH – When does Hate Speech end and Terrorism Speech Start? Tennessee Imam Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi Preaches Jihad and Jew-Hatred: ‘Jews and Christians Are Filthy’ Memphis imam Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi, Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, is back in the news this week for a controversial video that he has made saying that Jews and Christians are filthy and that their lives and property can be taken in jihad by the Muslims. Meaning Jewphobia and Christianphobia Thursday, May 01, 2014

  • Mark McDonald

    ISLAMPHOBIA DRESSING – College student wore a hijab for 18 days to reveal how racist her community is. University student Anisa Rawhani wore a hijab around campus for 18 days in January 2014. She wanted to see if people in her community were racist towards minority groups by dressing as Muslim. she noticed that people actually treated her more kindly and with more respect than when she didn’t wear the hijab. You can learn a lot about a religion by looking at the sorts of things its adherents argue about

    ISLAMPHOBIA – Then Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s went on a Islamic rampage and shot our Troops in the back. CAIR defended Nidal, claiming that the military prosecution was Islamphobia and Nidal did not receive a fair trial. Nidal is a soldier of Allah. You can learn a lot about a religion by looking at the sorts of things its adherents argue about

    ISLAMPHOBIA JEWS – Sheik Mustafa Elazabawy said that Jews are a “cancer” and “control all the money”. But after he was accused of $140,000 in fraud, he still got himself a Jewish lawyer. Sheik Mostafa Elazabawy, a retired NYCHA employee who also heads Masjid Manhattan, faces up to 15 years in prison for swindling at least $140,000 while working as a “tax preparer” at a Hell’s Kitchen Ethiopian restaurant in a side business, prosecutors said. He also allegedly failed to clear the side gig with the Conflicts of Interests Board while working at the city Housing Authority. He resigned from the Lower Manhattan Clergy Council, which advised the museum, during the controversy

    ISLAMPHOBIA 9/11 – Sheik Mustafa Elazabawy, imam at Masjid Manhattan, wrote a letter to museum leadership last month, complaining that the 6-minute film about al-Qaeda’s rise “would greatly offend our local Muslim believers as well as any foreign Muslim visitor to the museum,” if it is not changed. “Unsophisticated visitors who do not understand the difference between Al Qaeda and Muslims may come away with a prejudiced view of Islam.” An imam who made headlines for trashing a film shown at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is facing prison time in a tax cheat scam, the Daily News has learned.

  • furtive
  • furtive

    Susan, here is a lead for you. Time to interview the DA:
    http://www.privacysos.org/node/1371

  • furtive

    Our America: Boston

    Fallout from Marathon Bombing Trial: Snaring the Innocent. 
    Todashev Relative Offers Home to BMB Suspect 

    “Upon hearing this pitiful news, Elena Teyer, the mother of the wife of Ibrahim Todashev, who was murdered by the FBI in his Florida home in May of 2013, immediately contacted Matanov’s attorney Edward Hayden to offer the young man a room in her home in Georgia and volunteered to pay for his transportation there. She has never met the Tsarnaevs nor this man before, but since the murder of her son-in-law she feels strongly, “We are all family now.”

    Teyer wants to testify in the Tsarnaev trial as a witness against the FBI but her letters to Jahar’s attorneys go unanswered. This is despite the fact that government prosecutors added to the case against Tsarnaev a clause implicating his brother Tamerlan in a triple homicide based on an alleged confession Todashev “was about to write down” before the FBI shot him seven times.

    The FBI seems to have cast a dragnet to lure in anyone who might know the Tsarnaevs, so that they could then ensnare them into false testimony or else prosecute them; therefore creating a false public impression that the FBI had heroically disrupted a local “terror cell.”
    http://newtrendmag.org/ntma1553.htm

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