Cooperate With the FBI? Do So At Your Own Peril!

Manhattan ExplosionHave you seen this FBI “Seeking Information” poster? It has the picture of the two men shown in this post. The wording on it is: “The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance in locating these two unknown individuals. Closed circuit television recordings indicate that these individuals allegedly located a piece of luggage on the sidewalk, removed an improvised explosive device from the luggage, and then left the vicinity leaving the device behind but taking the luggage.. . . The FBI is interested in speaking to these people and recovering the luggage.”

The matter at issue is a bombing that occurred in New York City last Saturday on September 17. It has received much publicity.  The poster was published on Wednesday, September 21.

Is it possible that two people could have picked up the suitcase, taken out a pressure cooker and placed it on the sidewalk, walked off with the suitcase and not have any idea that what they discovered may have an important connection to the bombings?

If you knew something about the men, what would you do? If you call the FBI and identify them you’ve put them in a position where they will end up in prison. The reason is that four days have elapsed and those men should have come forward sooner. Their failure to do so can be construed as obstruction of an FBI investigation. However, if it can be shown that you knew the men and did not come forward then you can be charged with interfering with an FBI investigation.

Do you remember what Judge Young in the federal district court in Boston said to Khairullozhon Matanov? He scolded him saying: “All we asked you was to give us a hand. All we wanted was for you to help us out, and you didn’t do that. . . . Instead, you gave these officers a swerve.”  It should make you a little concerned that you are not helping out the government by disclosing the identity of your friends.

The judge did not stop there. He went on to say: “I’m not talking about a duty to country. I’m talking about a duty to humanity. You failed that.”

Matanov had eaten dinner with the Tsarnaevs after they set off the Marathon Bombs on April 15, 2013, but knew nothing about their actions. When he saw their photographs on television three days after the bombings he panicked. He was totally innocent of anything connected with the bombings.

He felt a oblligation to come forward. He had some violent jihadist type videos on his computer.  He figured just to be safe he should delete them. He then went to the Braintree police.

He told them of his connection with the Tsarnaevs. Before he could say Jackie Robinson the FBI descended on him. He went through more than five grilling and gave up his computer. In giving information to the FBI he tried to distance himself from the Tsarnaevs lying to an agent about some of his innocent contacts with them. Nothing he did actually obstructed the investigation.

He’d be indicted for those lies and also for deleting the videos from his computer: he was said to be obstructing the FBI investigation.  His home was raided at 5:00 am a little over a year after the bombing by three FBI SWAT teams even though had they waited a couple of hours they could have arrested him as he left his apartment to go to work. A year after his arrest Matanov was before the federal judge in Boston to be sentenced. He had pleaded guilty to three counts of lying to the FBI and destroying records on his computer. He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. It was during that sentence that he heard those words.

The way the FBI treated Matanov was totally unnecessary. It should have given him a pass. His sins were minor and understandable. He had nothing to do with the masacre. Its pursuit of him sends a message to anyone else who knows something about a terrorist act that it is best not to disclose it. You too can end up in the same situation as Matanov.



    Published: September 21, 2016
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    You know me – I’m not prone to conspiracy theories (cough). But, I noticed some weird things about the pressure cooker bomb attacks that took place in New York City and New Jersey this weekend and the subsequent arrest of the alleged perpetrator.
    Some things just don’t add up. Trust me, you won’t even need to don your tinfoil because none of this is outrageous.
    First, nobody died. Don’t get me wrong. I’m totally thrilled about that, but you have to ask yourself why? With 29 people injured there were obviously a fair number of people around. Yet everyone was well enough to be discharged from the hospital within hours of the blast. Was the bomb just positioned badly? Or was it designed to cause injury, but not too much injury?
    They sure found the mystery bomber quickly and efficiently. The last time I had to deal with the federal government, I ended up in an endless loop of phone transfers, when no one could figure out the right person to send me to. But they brought their game to a whole new level of efficiency with this that makes you wonder how anyone ever gets away with anything. The bomb fragments and the unexploded pressure cooker were examined and analysed, a fingerprint was found, a match to the print was located on the system, and Ahmed Khan Rahami was identified. Then, the posters were produced, he was located due to a member of the public spotting him, and was then captured. All within 40 hours of the bomb blast and even though he was not on a terror watch list or flagged as a possible terrorist. Fast work.
    Although experts say this type of thing is usually a group activity, no other persons of interest are being sought. Experts say that the chances of Rahami NOT having assistance with logistics, etc., was “infinitesimally small.” Mike Rogers, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said, “Normally the way this works, you have a cell doing logistics, bomb-making and assembly, and an operational one.” Despite all of this, the New York Police Department said they are not actively looking for anyone else in connection with the incidents. (source)
    The culprit was just hanging around, asleep in a doorway like a homeless person, waiting to get busted. Rahami was spotted sleeping in a shop doorway and police were called. He shot at an officer and then ambled off down the street, shooting at a police car before being wounded and taken into custody. Now, I have two major issues with this. What kind of terrorist decides to curl up and take a nap in a shop doorway in an area he knows the police will be looking for him? Secondly, we all know the police have hair triggers…children get shot for holding a BB gun, the caregiver of an autistic man got shot while laying down, and an unarmed drivers got shot in front of his kid…but this guy sets off bombs, shoots two officers, shoots up a police car, and then wanders down the road holding a gun and he only gets wounded in the shootout?
    The placement of these bombs wasn’t very strategic. Usually, someone who sets off random bombs in the name of terror wants to do as much damage and inflict as much fear as possible. If these attacks were designed to maim and kill, why not plant a bomb when there are crowds of people around? When you are less likely to be singled out by CCTV walking alone at night shortly before the device explodes? It makes no sense does it? Terrorist attacks invariably aim for maximum impact with minimum risk. This was a complete reversal of that M.O.
    ISIS wants nothing to do with this one. The Minnesota stabbings that took place on the same day have been claimed by the Islamic State as an act committed by ‘a soldier of the Islamic State’. There have been no claims at all that Rahami has links to ISIS.
    It wasn’t a very good bomb. The backpack with five bombs inside was found in a wastebasket around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday outside a neighborhood pub in Elizabeth, about 16 miles from New York City. Two men found the backpack about 500 feet from a train trestle and alerted police, officials said. (source). One of those bombs exploded as a police robot tried to defuse it, yet the others didn’t. That must have been one very lame bomb if it couldn’t even blow the others packed into a bag with it apart or trigger the explosive component in the remaining four so they also blew up.
    Somehow, the bomber didn’t really raise any eyebrows until now. Rahami was known to have travelled to Afghanistan, his home country, and also to Pakistan. This was known because he applied in 2011 to bring his Pakistani wife into the United States and the application was approved in 2012. So an Afghan national with a police record for trying to stab his sister-in-law travelled to Afghanistan and Pakistan spending months at a time there and it never raised a glance from any agency anywhere? The TSA was satisfied he was visiting family. Obviously too busy harassing cancer patients . Despite all of that, there was no real suspicion about this guy until he was suddenly a major terrorist.
    What do we need to be distracted from? This always has to be the question when these situations take over the news. And the list is long, my friends. This freakshow of an election, the fact that Russia is accusing the US of starting WW3 in Syria, the upgraded effort to take away guns and personal medical decisions, the newest Wikileaks…we could go on and on about the things no one wants us paying attention to.
    See what I mean? Weird stuff. Lots of weird stuff. I’m not saying it never happened or that this dude wasn’t a terrorist or that someone else was responsible or that this was a false flag. I’m saying that there are holes in the official story that one could drive an 18-wheeler truck through.
    But the official story sure does seem a bit questionable.
    Or maybe Rahami is just so bad at being a terrorist that the Islamic State doesn’t want to claim him as one of their own.

  2. What is your take on the recent SJC ruling that cops can’t chase Black guys? What about equal protection for Latinos, Asians and Whites? If two Black guys flee from the area of a bank robbery are the Cops prevented from chasing them? Seems like an extremely dumb ruling on par with the St Pats parade case. Where do they get these moronic judges?

  3. “The FBI is interested in speaking to these people and recovering the luggage.” Those words make my blood run cold. The FBI wants to “recover” the luggage, not “obtain” it. Is this a slip of the tongue or did the FBI at one point have that luggage? You recover that which you once had.

    Most of the terrorist savings by the government have been set ups of weak minded fools by the authorities. Maybe I’m paranoid. But could these guys have been sent by agents to pick up the luggage and remove the bomb? Will the patsies be prosecuted? Are the ads a ruse to divert attention from a connection. As Khalid notes, why didn’t they examine the pot? If you’re making a score why wouldn’t you? Strange. Strange.

    More and more, especially in the domestic “war on terror” I am reminded of a schoolboy play yard rendition of the patriotic song America we used to sing in West Lynn:

    “My country tis of thee,
    sweet land of liberty,
    of thee we sing,
    land were my fathers died,
    shot by the FBI….. ”

    Perhaps we cynical lads were on to something back then.

  4. True that.

    Maybe, the guys just ripped off a piece of luggage, but, perhaps, not. If they were just opportunistic thieves, why didn’t they make off with the whole package, contents included? If you thought you had just scored a piece of strange luggage wouldn’t you examine the contents? There could be cash, drugs, jewels, etc., in that pot! It’s odd that the pressure cooker device, undisturbed, was taken out of the bag and placed on the pavement. Did these guys, knowingly, activate, or, deactivate, the device? The Feds have a lot of questions for them.

  5. The FBI probably has a file on those two. Remember the BIG LIE they told about the Tsarnaev brothers. They held that fake press conference asking for the public’s help to i.d. them when they had a file on Tamelan as a terrorist and at least twenty people in the Boston office knew who he was. It was only later that the Russians exposed their lies. It turns out that the NYC bomber Hamani was investigated by the FBI and cleared. The FBI had a file on the Orlando killer and failed to act. Rand Paul has said they had information on all the recent terrorists and took no steps to stop them. 2. If you remember Harry Markopolis the person who told the Securities and Exchange Commission that Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme. The SEC ignored him for two years and when they finally investigated they cleared Madoff. What a useless government agency. So too the FBI which never co operates with the State and local police. Nothing it says can be believed. It has devolved into an unaccountable secret police and should be abolished along with the DEA.