First look at the picture that is accompanying it. It shows a guy called a “member of an FBI evidence recovery team” with a camera behind yellow police tape taking pictures of the outside of the apartment building where Ibragim Todashev was killed by an FBI agent. The killing took place inside the apartment and the guy is taking pictures of the outside. Go figure! How the hell is that of any importance?
Next the article says it has information on what happened from “[t]wo law enforcement officials.” Then we have information from one law enforcement official who “asked not to be named because the official was not authorized to discuss the case.” Did the other make the same request?
How is it we’re supposed to believe people who won’t be identified? We’ve already seen what the Globe’s “unidentified officals” reported before. They told us that the Marthon Terrorist Attack bombers were under arrest the day before they were identified.
What is the information that we now are supposed to believe? First, the sources prove themselves quite unreliable because the article starts out saying the Boston FBI agent “fired the shot, or shots” that killed Todashev. How much faith can we put in these people who are giving out inside information if they don’t know if more than one shot was fired? Shots make noise; cops usually can count more than up to one; why don’t these people know how many times the noise of a gun firing was heard.
I’m already disbelieving the sources but they go on to say Todashev was killed “early Wednesday morning during an interview about an unsolved Waltham homicide.” I thought the FBI said they were interviewing him about the terrorist attack. Now it’s back to the Waltham homicide. Since when do FBI agents participate in state homicide investigations? And what does early Wednesday morning mean. Can’t we learn when the interview started (some say at 7:30, others 8 ish and others after midnight) and at what time it happened that Todashev was gunned down on Wednesday morning, be it 12:30 or 5:30?
What’s wrong with these Globe reporters that they write a story that is so empty of real facts. They seem less like reporters than mere repeaters. They just passing on things they have been fed. Don’t they know how to ask these “law enforcement officials” questions?
The new information here is that the killing took place in the kitchen. Todashev overturned a table “and attacked the agent with a blade.” What is a blade? Is it something different from a knife? We are told the agent “felt he was in grave danger” and fired in self-defense. How can he be in grave danger with at least a half-dozen other cops in the place? Can’t you fire at a guys legs and knock him down if he has a knife? Where was Todasheve hit? We’re told elsewhere that an autopsy will be done at some time but the results will not be released for a long while? Why?
Then note the cute twist in the article. We go from what these unknown people tell us to what the Globe has reported. The repeaters write that the Globe has previously told us Todashev confessed to murdering three people in Waltham. We’re not told where the Globe got this information. This is so even though it is doubtful that Todashev’s friend Tamerlan was involved in the murders since they appeared to be drug related. If Tamerlan and Todashev were involved, being Chechens scraping by for a living, they certainly would not have left all the money there. Big time drug dealers would.
These unsourced statements – statements attributed of officials (what’s an official) who won’t be identified – have shown themselves to be worthless time after time yet the repeaters go on printing them. And more sadly, the public seems to buy it.