Strange to say none of our local papers have any interest in doing this even though the events surrounding it arise out of the Marathon Terrorist Attack (MTA), involve a triple murder in an neighborhood adjacent to Boston, had two Massachusetts state troopers as witnesses and are otherwise of great local concern. Is it simply that our local media is incapable of finding anything wrong with the way the FBI operates. That seems to be the case. We should wonder why?
The Boston media does seem to have a much too close relationship with the FBI. Where are the local papers clamoring for an answer in the Mark Rossetti case that mirrored the Whitey Bulger situation. The FBI has been investigating for two years why in 2011 it was replicating what it did with Whitey Bulger after it said back around 2000 it had discontinued doing those things. No local media says that two years investigating what happened in your own offices is an outrageous slap in the face of the public.
The silence is very telling. But that response pales in comparison to the response to the MTA attack. The Boston Globe has been hammering away at the MTA since the day it happened providing much good coverage. It’s hoping to get a Pultizer Prize out of its hard work. But it has shown itself to be woefully deficient in one aspect of its story. It has not held the FBI’s feet to the fire to get the answers that are crucial for us to begin to understand what happened.
The Washington Post demands an accounting from the FBI for what happened in Orlando Florida where a young Chechen man was murdered. The Boston Globe sits silently and lets the FBI hide what happened both before the MTA and afterwards. It seems not to have a curiosity about the FBI’s actions. It lets the FBI walk away from any accountability. It should like the Washington Post demand some answers to the many questions about the FBI’s actions.
But there’s not one word of criticism nor demand for an answer. It’s as if the FBI was faultless in its operation and that there was no way it could have stopped the MTA nor any other way to identify the suspects other than broadcasting their faces to the world and sending them off into a panicky flight that ended in the death of a young police officer and the shutting down of a city, something never before done in America, with an order that people”shelter in” while police dressed as storm troopers descended upon neighborhoods demanding entry into private homes.
I’ve suggested the FBI should have told us about Todashev’s killing which happened in front of at least six police officers within hours of its happening. What is there to investigate? You’ve got all the police witnesses who can tell you what they saw, you’ve got a dead man with seven bullet holes in him, you have the gun or guns that fired those bullets. Tell us what happened – or what the police witnesses said had happened. You don’t need to send cover-up teams out of Washington,DC to tell us this story.
It really is outrageous that Todashev has been dead for ten days and not one local paper found it unusual the FBI is still trying to come up with a story. Even though the Washington Post finally finding the courage to speak out said: “The FBI said that it takes the incident “very seriously,” that it is reviewing the events internally with its “time-tested” procedures and that it is doing so “expeditiously.” But the curious circumstances and conflicting, anonymous explanations suggest that standard procedure might not be sufficient.”
The FBI’s time-tested procedure is to cover-up the facts; expeditiously means when people forget what happened. I credit the Washington post with having the courage to speak up, but it sort of wimps out at the end with the suggestion “that standard procedure might not be sufficient.” What is tragic it also buys into the idea that the homicide of a man in a room in front of at least six cops takes ten days to figure out what happened.
What has happened to basic honesty in America.? Will you ever believe what now comes out?
One final point – we may be told Todashev confessed to the Waltham triple homicides. When I wrote my book Don’t Embarrass The Family I recommended that all FBI interviews (or interrogations) be recorded. For all times the FBI’s allegation that Todashev’s confessed will be doubted because it had no recording. Had it only thrown off its corrupt policy not to record its interviews we’d have no doubt what happened.