Skip to comments.Todashev’s Killer: No Wonder His Identity Was Secret
Posted on 05/23/2014 3:26:37 AM PDT by Renfield
Doubts about the already controversial shooting of Boston Bombing figure Ibragim Todashev in Florida last year are sure to grow with new revelations about the FBI agent who shot him.
As WhoWhatWhy previously reported, the case is full of anomalies and part of a larger pattern of harassment against Chechen-Americans who knew accused bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Like everything related to the bombing, Todashevs killing is swaddled in official secrecy and the U.S. governments latest report about the Boston tragedy shows there was plenty to be secretive about.
Emerging details about the FBI shooters past cry out for further inquiries about the FBI itself. How could they hire an officer with such a history?
Officials refused to identify anyone present during the May 22, 2013, shooting of Todashev, a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter, in his Orlando apartment. But Florida State Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashtons report on the shooting did soinadvertentlydespite the FBIs request to remove any identifying information.
On May 14, 2014, the Boston Globe identified Aaron McFarlane, 41, as the agent who emptied half his ammunition clip into Todashev. It uncovered his name by removing improperly created redactions in PDF files from the Florida report.
Digging through public records, the newspaper discovered McFarlane had been accused of brutalitytwicewhile serving as an Oakland police officer in lawsuits that were settled out of court. (McFarlane and another officer were allegedly beating up someone who had already been subdued when they noticed a bystander photographing the incident. Then they attacked the bystander.)
He also took the Fifth Amendment and later testified under immunity during a corruption investigation into a rogue police unit called The Riders whose members were charged with making false arrests, planting evidence, and falsifying police reports. The city settled the federal lawsuit for $10.9 million. McFarlane wasnt charged in that case, or in three other internal affairs investigations, although a prosecutor accused him of being misleading.
McFarlane retired from the Oakland Police Department in 2004 on medical disability after repeatedly injuring his leg and breaking his ankle, securing a lifetime $52,000-a-year pension. Four years later he joined the FBI, raising questions about how he passed both the rigorous background check and the FBIs physical requirements.
The Globe story advanced the work of the Boston Marathon Bombings blog which, in a May 3 post, explained how it used simple software to find the names of McFarlane and Massachusetts State Troopers Curtis Cinelli and Joel Gagne. It also recovered a picture of what the investigators said was Todashevs unfinished, handwritten confession of involvement in a 2011 triple murder in Waltham, Mass. Authorities were already investigating Tamerlan Tsarnaevs links to those slayings.
Among the other finds is a photograph of the gash on McFarlanes head, which the report says was caused when Todashev struck him with a table. It gives no explanation as to why McFarlane turned his back on an agitated Todashev, a physically dangerous suspect who had a sticker of an AK-47 on the front door of his apartment.
The agent was cleared of any wrongdoing by an FBI internal review. Thats no shock. The FBI always clears its agents of wrongdoing in shootings.
Ashton cleared him too, but notes that the FBI complicated the analysis by limiting the Florida investigators access to McFarlane to a signed, sworn statement. Why didnt the FBI let a fellow law enforcement agency follow its usual investigative procedures and make McFarlane available for an interview?
As with most aspects of the Boston Marathon bombing, the official answers leave us asking: what else are they hiding?
The Waco massacre predated Holder
Holder was Clinton's Deputy AG:
Author is I believe assuming that the agent “turned his back” on Todashev. We don’t know this for a fact though. Todashev was an extremely agile mixed martial arts competitor. The wound being to the back of the head doesn’t necessarily mean that the agent’s back was turned.
Possible NJCT ping.
I fell sorry for the good
agents citizens. It is not the FBI USA we once knew.
There, fixed it for you!
Uhhhh, yes. Reno was AG. Reno and Clinton were making the decisions.
My point exactly (well Clinton too.)
They have to get rid of all the double agents!
My favorite are those who have a crush on Vladimir Putin and on Todashev simultaneously.
It's doubly ridiculous - not only do they sympathize with both a Chechen terrorist and the man who is the world's most prominent killer of Chechens, but they oppose American law enforcement while idolizing the Russian secret police.
But which Clinton?
McFarlane gets into a fight w/ Todashev. Was he trying to arrest him?
Todashev hits him on the head, a nasty looking wound BTW, McFarlane shoots him.
Does it matter? Is one any better than the other?
Who are you specifically directing this assertion towards, or did you intend to smear the entire forum with this cowardly crap?
Your failures of observation aren’t my problem.
The Female and Baby Incinerators of Waco, and the murderers of Ruby Ridge were evil scum long before Obama came along.
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