Matt Connolly's Views on Boston, the Nation and the World

Emphasizing Criminal Justice and Politics

Originally dedicated to the vagaries of matters involving Whitey Bulger and the FBI but now expanded into more general topics.

Matt Connolly's Views on Boston, the Nation and the World - Emphasizing Criminal Justice and Politics

May to December – The Horrible Hidden Homicide of Ibrahim Todashev

FBI MaskIsn’t there as song about it being a long, long time from May to December? Seven months is not that long in some respects but in others it is quite long. Measuring whether it is long or short depends on the task at hand and the mindset of a person. If one is waiting for something special to happen like getting sprung from the pen or getting back from a combat zone or having a baby it might seem to be years away, If one were investigating what could be an international conspiracy involving many layers of players surrounded by walls of secrecy then spending 7 months doing it would seem a reasonable time; on the other hand if one was investigating what happened in a discrete environment, for instance in an apartment under the control of six cops, people trained to investigate matters, one could not be faulted for thinking stalling the investigation for 7 months indicated something rotten was going.

You know that around the 22nd of the month I discuss Ibragim Todashev who was killed by the FBI in his apartment in Orlando, Florida. His killing shows the immense power of the FBI. It is the only police force in America that could kill a person and then hide what it had done. It is responsible to no one other than itself. Congress runs from controlling it as we’ve seen happen when it refused to show up at the hearings concerning the April 15 marathon terrorist attack and nothing was done.

We are fortunate in Massachusetts to have two Congressmen who have tried to unearth some information from the FBI. They tried and failed but at least unlike most of their colleagues they made the effort. Congressman Stephen Lynch sought to learn why it was continuing to use and protect top-level gangsters in Boston after it told us it would never do so after being exposed using Whitey Bulger and Steven Flemmi. He’s waited over two years for an answer. It seems he’s given up because he can get no backing from the leadership in Congress. This reinforces in the FBI the idea that by stonewalling it can operate freely.

Most recently Congressman William Keating has been trying to receive information from the FBI on its relationship with and actions taken in relation to Tamerlan Tsarnaev one of the terrorists in the April 15 marathon terrorist attack. He too finds himself up against a wall of silence. Few seemed to think it odd that Rep. Keating and other Congressmen had to go to Moscow to find out information the FBI refused to give them.

The president and attorney general, not only the present two but all others over the past years, shy away from it. It epitomizes all the wrong inherent in a state police force. It has no one to be responsible to other than itself. No one dares to hold it accountable for its actions.

The FBI has learned that the passage of time makes people forget. The longer its evils can be hidden the better. Then when they come out far down the road there is less of a sting; people have gone on. For instance now only a few zealots care that the FBI may have covered up things in the JFK assassination. For the rest of us, that is all such ancient history.

In Tobashev’s matter the FBI is hiding the circumstances around this horrible homicide knowing that if the true facts were known the people may be aghast at its methods. To avoid the embarrassment, it does nothing. Not only that, to show the extent of its powers, it is able to dictated to officials both in the State of Florida and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that they too must remain silent. The facts of the killing must be horrific considering the extent of the cover-up.

In my book, Don’t Embarrass The Family, the story about the prosecution of FBI Agent John Connolly who brought embarrassment on the FBI, I devoted a section to making suggestions as to basic things the FBI must do to improve itself. One was it require its agents to record all interviews.

Had the FBI done that, what happened in apartment would be known and could be proven. The FBI alleges in a court filing that Todashev confessed he and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were involved in a triple homicide. That’s all that the FBI has officially told us about what happened. But who will believe it? Think of how incredible that is: a man confesses to a triple homicide and then the FBI kills him. Seriously, does that make any sense. Shouldn’t those six law enforcement officers who were there arrested him? 

The last I can find about the FBI’s position is the case is the statement on October 22, 2013, by FBI Special Agent Greg Comcowich who told the Orlando Sentinal “his agency’s internal review of the shooting is ongoing and no other details will be released.”

FBI which loves to boast of its prowess apparently has no reasonable explanation for this killing. As it continues to do when confronted with its continuation of the abominal Top Echelon Informant program, where it becomes a partner with high level criminals and protects them, it refuses to be accountable to the people and stalls. It seems the letters FBI stand for “Forever Being Investigated.”

Had we learned about what happened in the apartment with Todashev seven days after his killing that would have been a long time. But to wait seven months to find out what happened in the presence of six or more law enforcement officers in a controlled environment bespeaks of something new happening in America. We’ve allowed a police force to take such powers that it can kill a man and not be accountable or face any consequences.

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  • Barbara Henninger says:

    Thank you for this wonderful article. We must know the truth.

    December 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm
    • mtc9393 says:

      Barbara:

      The truth is very elusive – it’s sometimes said it will set you free – but then what?

      December 27, 2013 at 6:46 pm
      • Barbara Henninger says:

        Abdulbaki Todashev
        Representing interests of his son – Ibragim Todashev
        98, 3-i Pereulok Dalniy,
        Grozny city, Oktyabrskiy district,
        Chechen Repulic, Russian Federation
        12/24/2013

        President Barack Obama
        The White House
        1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
        Washington, DC 20500

        Dear Mr. President,
        I am writing to you being dictated by the call of my soul and the unalleviated pain of a father whose son was ruthlessly killed. I am not asking you to share my pain but I am asking you, as the head of the great country – the guarantor of democracy in the modern world, to help the law and justice prevail. I will try to be short and concise.
        My son was born in 1985 in a family with other 11 children. All my life I worked hard, trying to provide for my family and bring up dignified and law-abiding children.
        In 2008 Ibragim, being a fifth year student at the Chechen State University, was enrolled in an international student exchange program and went to the United States to practice his English. In Boston he studied English in depth and got engaged in big sports – Mixed Martial Arts. In 2011 he moved to Orlando, Florida. All these years, alongside with his studies and sports, he worked to earn his living and sometimes received financial support from his family back home.
        We, Ibragim’s parents, were aware of everything that was happening in his life in America, including his friends, girlfriends and trainers, as he was regularly in contact not only with his father, mother, sisters and brothers, but also with his other relatives and friends.
        After the terrorist attack in Boston FBI interrogated my son several times because he was acquainted with Tsarnayev brothers – suspects of the terrorist attack. He got acquainted with them because they trained in the same gym when he lived in Boston. When Boston events took place my son had already lived at 6022 Peregrine Ave., Orlando, Florida 32819, USA. He had received a green card and was preparing to visit his family in Russia. Having had a knee operation he was waiting for his leg to heal to be able to walk independently. He had bought presents for his relatives and tickets for a flight that was supposed to take place on May 24. However, on May 22 he was visited by FBI agents who ruthlessly cut short his life.
        Large amount of factual evidences proves that he neither had anything to do with the terrorist attack nor with any other crimes, which FBI wanted to hang on him. We, as Chechens, know very well what terrorism is and how many innocent lives have been taken by it during the first and the second Chechen campaigns. Chechens have always condemned terrorist attacks wherever they have taken place and whatever goals have been pursued by their executors. Neither bad nor good intentions justify terrorism.
        Let’s assume that my son was suspected in participating in a crime. FBI agents four times interrogated him in their office. Please, note that the interrogations took place in their office and Ibragim regularly visited them when they called him and provided detailed answers to all their questions. He was neither arrested nor was he detained. Then he told me that he did not want to go to the FBI office anymore because the agents put pressure on him. The fifth time FBI agents came to his place. They asked his friend Khusein Taramov, who was at that time with Ibragim, to leave the apartment. After that Ibragim was tortured and later shot multiple times in the body and in the head to guarantee his death. Ibragim’s body and his head had 13 (thirteen) gunshot wounds. I also should mention that I have not misspoken about tortures. His face and body had bruises sustained while he was still alive.

        There are many questions that arise from the above mentioned facts. I will list the most salient ones:
        1. Why the group of FBI agents after four interrogations in their office, came to Ibragim’s house for the fifth interrogation? After all what happened to Ibragim I am inclined to think that they came to kill him. It seems that killing him in their office would create significant challenges for them.
        2. There was an article in the media that said that an allegedly anonymous FBI agent shared that Ibragim attacked them and they used fire arms in order to defend themselves.
        Let’s assume that this is true and Ibragim, having become Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger, all in one, literally threw around and battered the entire group of specially trained and well-armed agents. These are fairy tales for the mentally infirm, because shortly before this incident my son had undergone a serious operation on his knee at GAVETTA Orthopedic Clinics on 03.13.2013 (diagnosis: anterior cross-shaped ligament and meniscal tears) and used crutches. His weight at that time was 72 kilograms while height was 175 centimeters (photography of the operated knee is enclosed).
        3. What kind of actions could my son do to endanger the lives of FBI agents while he was literally in their hands and how these agents could allow any danger to arise to kill him so ruthlessly in his apartment? This is absurd. It is clear and obvious. This means that these FBI agents were incompetent if they allowed this to happen. My son was absolutely unarmed.
        That means he was provoked. Unlawful acts were committed against him; unacceptable methods were used on him. They must have needed it; they wanted to provoke him, and any healthy person could be provoked after hours-long interrogations.
        Even if the FBI agents were right, why would they shoot at him so many times instead of immobilizing him by shooting in his shoulder or leg, etc.? Doesn’t FBI have other special means that can neutralize anyone, such as tasers, batoons and so on?
        I would like to emphasize once again that all this was happening inside my son’s home and not while he was being chased on the street or someplace else in the course of an arrest, or resisting authority, or during the commission of a crime.
        4. The medical examiner’s report concerning my son’s body has not yet been released to my legal attorneys, despite the fact that they requested it several times. The medical examiner’s office claimed the FBI banned the report’s release. I can’t help but think that an independent medical examination is unlikely if the examiners obey the FBI’s orders.
        5. Why does FBI subject Ibragim’s friends and acquaintances to pressure and blackmail by threatening arrests and deportations?. Having refused to work for FBI Ibragim’s friends, Tatiana Gruzdeva and Ashurmamad Miraliev, were deported from the United States. Many others have been forced to leave the country under FBI’s pressure.

        6. Why does FBI pressure not only all Ibragim’s acquaintances, but now also my acquaintances, who helped me during my first visit to the United States when I picked up my slain sons’s body, as well as my second visit, when I was trying to learn from Ibragim’s acquaintances and friends about the circumstances surrounding his death?
        7. FBI does everything to prevent this case from hearings in court and, if hearings take place, to ensure that none of the witnesses can provide positive feedback about my son.
        8. When I came to the United States for the second time I lived in Ibragim’s apartment. I slept on his bed, ate in the same cafes where he did, visited the gym where he trained, went to the mosque where he prayed, always was with his friends and talked to his acquaintances and neighbors. In other words I was in his shoes. Believe me it is extremely difficult to recall these events again and again. I wouldn’t wish this even to my fiercest enemy. For the entire time of my own investigation I haven’t heard anything bad about my son.

        Dear Mr. President,
        Unfortunately I am not an expert in the U. S. criminal legislation but in my country actions of these FBI agents are classified as an abuse of power and a premeditated murder. I believe that the FBI agents not only damaged reputation of their agency but also of the entire country in the eyes of the international community.
        It seems that FBI in the United States is everything. President is nothing for them. They are judges and prosecutors. There is no authority above them. FBI can kill anyone wherever and whenever they want. If FBI suspects something they first kill and then start looking for scapegoats, trying to connect something that cannot be connected, such as Japanese Tsunami with American Tornado. They think up legends to justify what they have committed and file away a person, just like a sheep on a farm.
        Because of actions of such FBI agents and other similar people in power for the last several years the democracy, former glory, image, and the reputation of the United States have been seriously questioned. According to available statistics, for the last several years law enforcement agencies (police, FBI, etc.) have killed 70 and injured 80 people. In none of the cases have the men in uniform been convicted.
        Don’t you think that it is time to put an end to this practice and stop this lawlessness, turn your face to the people who voted for you hoping for positive changes?
        Far from lecturing you, I am simply sharing my thoughts caused by the grief that came upon my family and as a man whose heart has been ripped out and, in addition, is being trodden to pieces.
        The murder of my son is an unprecedented case.
        Believe me, Mr. President, that after such an unprecedented, cold-blooded, ruthless and premeditated murder of my son there is no justification for them. Everything is as clear as black and white. Having gotten rid of the witness and not allowing my son to have a legal representative they killed him in an extra-judicial manner.
        Did my son know that he had the right to remain silent or did he have rights at all, including the right to live? Being a citizen of another country he might not be aware of the laws as he was only 27 years old and wanted to live so much. No, they left no chances for him inflicting 13 gunshot wounds and multiple hematomas on his body. After what FBI agents have done to him whatever excuses they come up with nobody would believe them because my son is dead and cannot talk for himself. They did it deliberately so that he can never speak and never take part in court hearings. They put pressure on my son’s friends to prevent them from coming to the court and speaking the truth.
        I rely on you, Mr. President, and hope that the prosecutor’s office and the court do not let the agencies conducting internal investigation on this case prevent the truth from coming to light so that at least some part of our grief, caused by the murder of our son, is relieved, and that the murderers stand trial instead of sit in their desk chairs.
        Dear Mr. President, in addition to all what I have mentioned above, I enclose factual evidences.
        If you have time to listen to me and give me your consent to meet you I can come to the United States and provide detailed explanations using factual evidences.
        Dear Mr. President, I hope that you, as a guarantor of the U. S. Constitution, pay attention to my letter and those who are guilty in the murder of my son will be justly punished.

        With respect and hope,
        Father of a murdered son Abdulbaki Todashev

        December 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm
        • mtc9393 says:

          Barbara:

          Thanks for the letter. The FBI’s actions in that case border on the criminal. Perhaps that’s why they cover up so much of the things it does.

          December 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

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