Other problems are its bungling of the Gardner Museum Investigation. It pursued the idea that it was a local job by local hoodlums. Its far-fetched theory was that the robbery was done by these local stumble bums. This was belied by the caper itself. The FBI sat back waiting for some locals to flip. That’s because it relies so much on informants, people who were looking for deals to get themselves out of trouble. Many gladly told fantastic stories in exchange for the FBI going to bat for them. Unfortunately, its been over 25 years and the paintings are still missing.
Another problem was its actions in the aftermath of the Marathon Terrorist attack by the Tsarnaev brothers. The FBI had information that Tamerlan Tsarnaev might possibly be involved with terrorists. It did not share the information with other member of the joint Investigative unit which is a typical FBI action. One or more of its agents went out to interview Tamerlan so someone in the office knew him. Shortly after the time of the bombing the FBI identified his photograph as a person who had perpetrated the bombing.
I thought that the first thing the FBI would do would be to ask the agents in its office whether anyone in the Boston area had been identified as a possible terrorism suspect and pass his photograph around among the agents. Had that been done it could have identified him. There would have been no need to put a video of him and his brother on television asking for the public’s help in identifying them. Doing the latter caused them to take flight. In their attempt to flee the area they killed a police officer.
What is weird though is that they may have done that and pretended not to have done it. For the night they asked for help in identifying the Tsarnaev brothers who lived in Cambridge, MA, it had agents in teams in and about Cambridge who were identified by Cambridge police. What were they doing there? The FBI said it was not related to the bombing. That had to be nonsense. All the FBI efforts were put into a full court press investigating the Marathon attack. Why would some agents be out doing something unrelated that night? It seems the FBI sought to flush out the Tsarnaevs, capture or gun them down, and get the whole credit for itself. It plan backfired.
Another problem is the FBI agent’s killing of Ibragim Todashev in Orlando, Florida. He was shot by an agent investigating his role with the Tsarnaevs. The shooting happened in a small apartment where only the FBI agent and Massachusetts State Police were present. The investigation took a year, the agent who killed him was exonerated even though he refused to be interviewed about his action by Florida authorities.
Then there is the case of Khairullozhon Matanov a cab driver who apparently deleted files on his computer that had some pro-ISIS stuff and denied doing it. His apartment was raided by a squadron of armed FBI tactical agents in heavy equipment at five in the morning. They could have waited three hours and arrested him as he walked to work but that would not have given them the publicity they wanted. Matanov eventually pled guilty to misleading the FBI and got 30 months in prison.
Finally, off the top of my head, its the FBI’s statement: “The F.B.I. takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents, and as such we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally, . . . “ It turns out the time-tested method results in the same conclusion all the time: “from 1993 to early 2011, F.B.I. agents fatally shot about 70 “subjects” and wounded about 80 others — and every one of those episodes was deemed justified, . . . ” The article also noted: “since 2011, there had been no findings of improper intentional shootings” The FBI after investigating itself had concludes that since 1993 all the shootings by its agents have been justified. They are batting 100%. It is amazing. It is more than amazing when the shooter cannot be interviewed by other than his fellow agents.