Margaret Hartmann in the New York Magazine sets it out pretty concisely and well: “The report last week that FBI agents shot and killed Ibragim Todashev just as he was about to sign a confession implicating himself and Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in an unsolved 2011 triple-homicide was already pretty bizarre, and on Wednesday night it got even weirder.”
FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said: “The FBI takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents and as such we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally. The review process is thorough and objective and conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”
FBI spokesman Bresson added “the department can not confirm details of the investigation while it remains active.”
The FBI internal investigation into why Mark Rossetti a man believed to have been involved in up to six homicides and was a Mafia capo was a Top Echelon Informant began in the summer of 2011. It is still continuing over 20 months later.
How long will this investigation take? Perhaps this is the reason for the delay.
Margaret Hartmann now reports: “ law enforcement sources tell the Washington Post that Todashev was actually unarmed” She continues: “Two officials confirmed to the Post that Todashev was unarmed, and one said that he lunged at the agent and overturned a table. An official told the Wall Street Journal that the agent was possibly cut by a piece of furniture during the altercation, and the knife story might have been sparked by confusion about a decorative samurai sword that was hanging on the wall.”
Sounds logical, doesn’t it. There’s a room with upwards of a dozen cops and a suspect in it and all the cops get confused thinking that the guy took a decorative samurai sword off the wall and attacked an FBI agent and only later realized the sword was not removed from the wall.
The story keeps changing. We get balloons but we don’t get the truth. First we hear the guy who was killed had a knife, then a pipe, then a blade, then a sword, and now no weapon but perhaps he was lunging at the agent to get her gun. Sadly, a guy’s dead and we don’t know the first thing about it from the FBI. I know he was a Muslim so to many it doesn’t matter but to those who want America not to fall into a police state it should. We should not be subject to silence until the “investigation” is over.
We also shouldn’t be in a game of numbers. 12 cops (maybe more or less but at least 6) in a room for an unknown number of hours questioning a man about something or other who end up shooting this unarmed guy. We don’t even know those simple facts of how many cops were there or how long. We don’t know the name of the agent who did the killing. There are basic facts that should have been told. That they weren’t shows a total disregard for the public and the deceased.
7 days and continuing. An incident that happened in an apartment in the presence of all those cops is still being investigated. It should have taken 7 hours. The FBI cares less that it appears this is being massaged and sanded and manipulated. It has done it over and over again coming up with its own version long afterwards. Why have all the other cops who were there been ordered not to tell what happened? Or why have some cops put out through other cops what now appears to be lies?
Is this what we want an America where a man can be killed and no one will know how the killing took place until all the ducks are lined up?
Here are two more numbers you should consider, 7 and 1. Todashev was shot 7 times; 1 bullet was in the back of his head which seems more like something John Martorano would do than a room full of cops.
And as for being involved in the triple homicide to which he’s confessed, how about this little tidbit of information given to us by Margaret Hartmann. “Todashev‘s widow, Reniya Manukyan, said he wasn’t very close with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and insisted that her husband wasn’t involved in the triple murder in Waltham, Massachusetts. Manukyan said she has records that prove her husband was with her in Atlanta on the night of the crime. “We want to know why it happened,” she added. “We want to know what is the truth.”
Welcome to the new America where no one seems particularly upset that the FBI can’t tell us what happened in a room full of cops when an unarmed man is shot in the back of the head for over a week. It seems to go along with everything else we’ve learned about the FBI since we started taking a closer look at it. And by the way, we’re also waiting for the answers to our questions surrounding its action before and after the Marathon Terrorist Attack.