Maddow: ‘Something Weird Is Going on’ in FBI Shooting of Ibragim Todashev

Boston Police booking photo from 2010. Ibragim TodashevDavid Fergusen writes at Raw Story:

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the swirl of questions around the shooting of Ibragim Todashev, an associate of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two men charged with the bombing of the Boston Marathon.

FBI officials have given conflicting accounts of the questioning and killing of Todashev, who knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev through Mixed Martial Arts fighting. Todashev, who, like the Tsarnaevs, was Chechen, lived in Boston for a time before moving to Florida. Agents from the FBI traveled to Florida to question Todashev repeatedly about the bombing.

“Last week while being questioned again in Florida,” said Maddow, “something went very, very wrong and he ended up dead.”

Law enforcement officials were interviewing Todashev in his apartment in Orlando on Wednesday, May 22, when something occurred that resulted in the young man being shot multiple times.

On Thursday, Todashev’s family held a press conference in Moscow, where they showed autopsie photos of their slain son. Ibragim Todashev was shot six times in the torso and once in the back of the head.

“We have not been able to authenticate these photos,” said Maddow. “No one has.”

But, she said, if they are genuine, “something weird is going on.”

“How does that comport with the FBI’s story that he was killed during questioning by armed agents who were only acting in self defense?” she asked. “Shot seven times, including in the back of the head?”

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  • Anarchy Pony

    If there was a bullet hole in the back of the head then there was definitely something untoward going on.

    • emperorreagan

      Maybe he was trying a leaping reverse head butt and accidentally impacted the FBI agent’s gun causing it to discharge?

      • Opposite Day

        Thanks, now they have a perfect story to give us… Good going!

      • Anarchy Pony

        Of course, it’s so simple!

    • BuzzCoastin

      If there was a bullet hole in the back of the head
      it’s definably the FBI
      the CIA always uses suicide as it’s cover
      like when Gary Webb shot himself in the head
      twice

      • Juan

        Neat trick shooting yourself in the head twice. Guy musta really wanted to be dead.

        • Anarchy Pony

          Just like Kurt. Courtney did it. WE ALL KNOW!

          • Juan

            Two gunshots to the head for Kurt as well? I had no idea.

          • Juan

            Only one shotgun blast.

          • InfvoCuernos

            You ever watch that Daily Show episode where Jon Stewart interviews David Grohl and Grohl says his favorite thing in the world is skeet shooting and he’s miming blowing stuff out of the sky with a shotgun-the look of panic on Stewart’s face was priceless! This was after Kurt died.

          • Anarchy Pony

            No, I bet that was awesome!

  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    I wasn’t sure Boston was a shadow government conspiracy until I heard about this. Not that it changes anything. Poor guy.

  • Sarcasmo

    Yeah Rachel, this is the only weird issue with the whole BMB narrative/official story. Way to dig deep!

    • Juan

      Come on, it’s pretty amazing she even brought it up at all. Not that it matters or that anything will come of it.

  • BuzzCoastin

    have you read the letter from the CIA guy
    who was imprisoned for bowing the whistle on GITMO torture?
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022926136

    >Meanwhile, the Italians have taken a liking to me because I’m patriotic, as they are, and I have a visceral dislike of the FBI, which they do as well.

    even the CIA thinks the FBI is crooked
    wow!

  • Juan

    Yeah, this and the two FBI agents involved in the investigation that “fell” out of a helicopter kinda looks a bit funny.
    There’s a whole buncha other stuff as well that points to some kind of a gubmit job. The thing has been a serious clusterfuck.

  • Haystack

    We need to launch in immediate investigation into why our nation’s law enforcement agents are not being trained to concoct more convincing cover stories.

    • echar

      Maybe the cover is that he died? Witness protection program, faked death?

      • Haystack

        Ah, that’s an interesting thought.

        • echar

          Most likely not true, either way this whole thing is beyond my control.

          • Haystack

            What? Don’t say that. We were all depending upon you to fix this.

          • echar

            No one falls for the glasses and suit anymore. I’ve hung up my cape.

  • Anne Jam

    I feel like I am trapped in a web of lies and deceit

  • eyebeam

    Why aren’t these interrogations videorecorded?

    • emperorreagan

      Because it’s FBI policy not to video tape interrogations…the only record is supposed to be a typewritten report from the agent.

      If one were cynical, one would say it’s precisely so they can do things like this, make shit up and accuse you of perjury in court, otherwise abuse & intimidate people, etc.

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