The Ibragim Todashev Surprise Quiz:

IMG_3031Yes or No:

Pick one or the other.  Don’t pick both. Only one answer is right. So make a choice.

#1.  Todasheve was an Islamist:

Yes ( )  No ( ) Answer:

#2.  Todashev was a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Yes ( )  No ( ) Answer:

#3. Todashev was  a legal permanent resident in American.

Yes ( ) No (  )  Answer:

#4  Todashev was being interviewed for the first time.

Yes ( ) No (  )  Answer:

Multiple Choice Answers:

Pick one. Don’t pick more than one, No one answer is right. So make a choice.

#1.  Todashev met his death in the presence of how many law enforcement officers  (a) 4;  (b) 8;  (c) 12; (d) too many to count;  (e) all of the above.

#2.  The proper description of Todashev’s meeting is described as (a) an interview; (b) a raiding party; (c) an Abu Ghraib redux; (d) a loop de loop; (e) all of the above.

#3   The meeting began at (a) 7:30; (b) 8 ish; (c) sometime Tuesday night; (d) after midnight;  (e) all of the above.

#4. Before he we shot Todashev put the FBI agent in fear by brandishing (a) a knife; (b) a blade; (c) a blade of grass; (d) a club (e) all of the above except (c).

#5. The secret FBI agent, who is one of the few people in America who can kill someone and not be identified, fired (a) one shot; (b) one or more shots; (c) one shot and maybe more; (d) two shots; (e) more than one but less than ten shots.

#6. The secret FBI agent shot Todashev in (a) the head; (b) the head and chest; (c) the head, chest and stomach; (d) the leg; (e) not yet decided

#7 Todashev was shot at (a) as soon as the agents arrived; (b) after seven hours of polite questioning; (c) at 4:00 in the morning; (d) after midnight but before sunrise; (e) sometime before he died.

#8 When Todashev was shot the FBI agent who shot him was (a) alone and apart from the other cops; (b) was in the same room with the other cops; (c) was in the same room but the other cops had gone to sleep; (d) was practicing trick moves with his gun; (e) was just doing her job. 

#9 The FBI agent was required to get stitches at the local hospital. She got how many stitches; (a) 1; (b) more than 1; (c) a lot; (d) several; (e) all of the above.

#10. The FBI agent got stitches on her: (a) face; (b) hand; (c) arm; (d) legs; (e) body.

#11. The FBI agent got stitches because she was injured with (a) a blade; (b) a knife;  (c) a club; (d) a blunt instrument; (e) its privileged information.

#12 The FBI agents was accompanied by cops from (a) other FBI units; (b) Massachusetts State police; (c) Florida police; (d) DEA agents; (e) all of the above and more.

#13: The FBI agent did everything right because (a) she’s an FBI agent; (b) it just works out that way; (c) she was acting in fear of her life; (d) she only knew how to shoot to kill; (e) she felt all alone in the world like Agent Fitzpatrick after he interviewed Billy Bugler.

#14: The FBI will take how many days before it tells us its version of what happened; (a) 1, it’s an easy investigation only cops were there and they filed their reports; (b) 7, it’s an easy investigation only cops were there and they’re coordinating their reports; (c) 14, it’s not an easy investigation, someone may have been outside lurking in the bushes who knows what happened; (d) 140, it’s a difficult investigation getting the stories lined up and counting the steps between Washington, DC and the site of the killing; (e) never, we don’t have a right to know

#15: The FBI was investigating Todashev for (a) the Marathon Terrorist Attack; (b) the Waltham triple homicide; (c) fighting over a parking space; (d)  all of the above; (e) just to do something to keep busy.

#16:  The FBI needed a least nine men to go interview Todashev (a) in case he wanted to play basketball; (b) in case they were challenged to a baseball game by Todashev and his friends; (c) nine rhymes with fine; (d) a lot of guys were looking for overtime pay; (e) they didn’t have room in Todashev’s apartment for more than nine.

#17  Todashev was killed at his girlfriend’s apartment, where is she now. (a) working at a 7/11; (b) at a friend ‘s house; (c) under arrest for being an accessory to murder; (d) in the victim witness program; (e) on vacation at Guantanamo Bay.

#18  The FBI is taking so long with its investigation because (a) it takes a worried man to sing a worried song; (b) the overtime pay has not run out; (c) because the apartment had two bedrooms and two baths; (d) because long is a relative term and it may not be long after all; (e) because Howie Long comes from Charlestown, MA where the McLaughlin brothers used to live.

#19  The people leaking information to the mainstream media about Todashev’s death are (a) sometimes wrong; (b) usually wrong; (c) always wrong; (d) FBI agents floating balloons; (e) all of the above.

#20  The people will forget about the killing of Todashev in (a) a week; (b) a month; (c) they’ll never forget; (d) they’ve already forgot; (e) whose Todashev.

#21 The FBI agent who fired his weapon after she took it from his holster said she did that because in his training she was taught to fire to kill. He said she had never killed anyone before but if he had to do it she thought Florida was a place to do it. In the above sentence the FBI is identified as (a) a male; (b) a female; (c) two persons in one both male and female; (d) there must be more than one agent; (e) in a politically correct manner in today’s new version of herstory. 

There are no correct or incorrect answers to the multiple choice test since we don’t know what happened so one guess is as good as any other.



10 thoughts on “The Ibragim Todashev Surprise Quiz:

  1. Matt,

    I just found the below site on snitches or “informants”. Now I don’t have a problem with informants who give information, but I have a major problem with informants who enjoy committing crimes against others and are allowed to do so by law enforcement. (As stated in the below link)

    Since I personally know about ten informants, half are those creeps who commit many crimes, I’m wondering if it’s illegal to start a blog outing these people?

    Didn’t some in the press do it to Whitey Bulger? I’m guessing it’s not illegal? I think it’s very wrong that these creeps are allowed to commit worse crimes than those they are informing or lying about.

    1. Question:

      That’s an interesting site. It sows the informant problem is pretty much universal throughout law enforcement. I always considered informants a lazy cop’s tool. Basically a cop is dealing with a guy who is betraying his friends in order to get himself out of a jam; if a guy will betray his friends he is just as likely to mislead his cop handler or steer him a certain way. I use information from informants to do wiretaps or to conduct searches but I always like best the investigations we did based on straight out investigative work that would lead to wiretaps by showing the probability that a specific crime was occurring through he use of basic investigation methods. My big problem was always trying to get the cops away from informants to doing the hard work of investigations.

      I have the same problem you do about informants continuing to commit crimes. I made it clear to the cops I worked with that any such free lancing by their informants would result in their prosecution. I’d be cautious putting any person’s name up as an informant. I suggest you have the right to do it without any legal consequences; I don’t think obstruction of justice charges can be brought if you did that, but who knows with the DOJ operates; I just don’t think outing an informant is a good idea in case you are wrong. How would you feel if one of the informants you now know was killed after you disclosed his name.

      FBI Agent Morris disclosed that Whitey was an informant to the Boston Globe. Of course it’s wrong that informants are protected in committing crimes by the cops, it’s just aht I don’t want you to get jammed in by saying something you may not be absolutely sure about.

  2. I know you like Judge Casper. I don’t mean to pick on her. She probably is a smart, poised woman able to handle the up-coming Whitey trial (whether or not Judge Wolf is really the one behind the curtain pulling the strings on his protege or not.)

    Having said that, again, I am sure she is quite smart and capable. However, she is still human. Accordingly, do you think there is a chance she may issue judgments tainted by the fact that her husband’s company is, well, in a unique position to advance Obamacare despite being under scrutiny for some other interesting things?

    To that end, can you explain to me why a judge would be allowed to sit on another federal case (involving the sale of drugs by gangs) when her husband’s company was recently charged with selling a Mexican plant last year without revealing – and actually trying to conceal – that there was a drug cartel operating from within? Why would the husband of a federal judge ever allow that to happen in the first instance let alone then try to conceal it? If he had the drug cartel there as part of ‘sting’ on behalf of the federal agencies/doj, is that a conflict? Thermofisher-lawsuit-id-US13NOD
    Reporting on a recent Wall Street Journal article.

    Moreover, did anything ever come to fruition with respect to the SEC’s investigation into her husband’s company with respect to the “options” trading issue during the 1998-May 2006 period where top executives got away with millions and soon left there top posts? Was her husband investigated? Was that investigation officially closed out?

    Lastly, and to your recent points about news and where this country is going (all tied back to the Whitey trial no less) – it appears, according to a non-traditional/non mainstream media source that Thermo Fisher stands to make a great deal of money very soon in its bid to buy out Life Tech and ALSO by influencing an upcoming US Supreme Court Decision on the right of corporations to control human genes and they are using Angelina Jolie as part of the PR campaign to do it. See

    Lastly, whatever happened to the alleged murder of the woman who worked in human resources that took place at Judge Casper’s husband’s company a year or so ago? (It was at a different office location than Waltham)?

    1. Alex:
      I don’t really know Judge Casper from Judge Judy but I thought she seemed to have handled the case pretty well so far. I also like Stearns and thought he would have been as good as Casper but felt it was best he step down just so the case would not be in the hands of someone who was in the US Attorney’s office during the time most things were happening. I happen to have a lot of faith in the federal judiciary although I do thing some of the judges are timid when it comes to bucking the federal prosecutors or the cops and sometimes do things that I feel are overly harsh or unwise; but I’ve never felt they do anything other than use their best judgments to make these decisions. I have never come close to suggesting that any have a corrupt motive for what they do. I am quite positive Judge Casper will not let anything her husband is interested in affect her judgment in this case. I don’t see how anything in Whitey’s case could do that in any event.
      I do say you know a lot more about her husband and his company than I do. You raise some interesting questions about him and his company. But Judge Casper has only been on the bench for a couple of years and she came from a position in a DA’s office which tells me even if she wanted to help out her husband she had no juice or influence which would have enabled her to do this. Had she been on the bench for 15 years and had she acquired many connections there may be some who’d think it best not to do anything against her husband but that’s just not the case here.
      Maybe I’m naïve but I happen to have a lot of faith in both the federal and state judges and although I may criticize some of the stuff they do it is not because I believe there is some malicious or wrong motive in her actions.

      1. Your feedback and comments on the judiciary are so noted. You have the experience with them so I will defer. Plus, I am inclined to agree with you with respect to Judge Casper after secondary thought. It’s been known to happen that husbands don’t often share what really happens during the course of their day with their wives. She probably had no clue. It can actually be like that sometimes.

        1. Alex:
          I didn’t even think of that. Many wives have no idea what their husbands are doing at work. The FBI used to, may still, tell its agents never to let their spouses know what they are doing. (I think the plural of spouse is spouses and not spice.)

          1. Something tells me your comment about the FBI telling employees not to tell spouses what really goes on during the day is probably absolutely still a practice they follow. CNN and some mainstreamers actually did report back in February a few months ago about some, ahem, well, “a rash of misbehavior” at the FBI. Hard to miss and/or forget that one. Personally, given what I have been reading here about the FBI being so “closed” and “secretive,” I always thought the FBI-ers were a little too stuffy for that kind of “open communication.” Do you think maybe they were inspired after having logged into into General Patreaus’ or the general public’s? Anyway, depending on the marriage it seems the plural may not be spouses, but “spices” after all…. 🙂

            1. Alex:
              The FBI door is always closed to what goes on. Sometimes we learn that these agents sworn to uphold the law all cheated in their exams; or as you point out engage in a rash of misbehavior. So if you can only look in a peephole every once in a while and what you see is madness run amok, imagine what you’d see if you could get beyond the door. As a prosecutor I never liked dealing with them because they did have that “I’m better than you” attitude or “how dare you ask me that” demeanor. Ask some people who are no longer subject to its powers what it was like dealing with them. It never was fun. The big thing is the way the media is intimidated. No one asked why the Tamerlan investigation involving terrorism was shut down in three months and the Petraeus investigation, where no crime was involved, lasted a year and then one agent tried to use it for political purposes to embarrass Obama. What ever happened to that agent. Nothing. He should have been fired. He was probably made a special agent in charge.
              You gave me an an idea for a song the FBI wives can sing at their monthly office parties: “Our dear spice, our dear spice, having so much fun, so much fun, they run in circles every day, the have no boss so they just play, they have the greatest job in the world, our dear spice.”

  3. Though the message is serious and the point is well-taken, the method of delivery is pretty funny. I especially like #16.

    1. Jon:
      It is serious but sometimes you have to stop using the same method of trying to get across an idea.

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