FBI Exonerates Agent who Killed Unarmed Chechen During Interrogation

fbi-badgeMy faith in American justice has been restored. An FBI review found that the FBI agent who killed a Chechen in Florida last year followed all the bureau’s protocols for shooting an unarmed suspect during an interrogation.

“Nothing to see here, folks – move along.”

My liberal friends told me that the feds would behave better after Obama took charge.  But Eric Holder was knee-deep in coverups in the 1990s – perhaps part of the reason why he rose to become Attorney General.

How many years will it be before we find out exactly how and why an FBI agent killed Ibragim Todashev?

As for the “innocence” of the FBI agent –  tell it to Vicki Weaver.



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4 Responses to FBI Exonerates Agent who Killed Unarmed Chechen During Interrogation

  1. Cleve Watson March 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    Respectfully, Jim, the two events cannot be compared.

    Ruby Ridge was a total FBI SNAFU from the start, resulting in the death of Sammy Weaver in a completely unnecessary confrontation and firefight, and the outright – and criminal – murder of Vicki Weaver. There is no question about that.

    Ibragim Todashev, though unarmed, was a well-trained martial arts expert known for having an explosive temper. If he acted as reported – attacking the interviewers in a rage in the close quarters of the small apartment in which he was being interrogated – he was quite capable of seriously injuring or killing them in seconds. Whether the FBI’s treatment of him in the days or weeks up to that point was warranted or justified is a separate (and important) question. They pressured him unmercifully on the thinnest of suspicions, and had been interrogating him for hours in that apartment before he allegedly snapped. But once he did, there weren’t many options left.

    Cleve Watson

    • Jim March 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

      How many times did the government change its story after Todashev was killed?

      Is there any reason to assume that this FBI self-investigation was more honest than the bureau’s self-investigation for its previous scores of killings?

  2. Tom Blanton March 23, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    How many times did the government change its story after Todashev was killed?

    According to this article:


    the FBI only gave “several” versions of what happened, so it’s not like the FBI gave 20 or 30 different versions, and just because the FBI had the autopsy report sealed doesn’t mean they were trying to hide anything.

    In addition, the several versions of events provided by anonymous sources from the FBI were quite similar: Todashev was alive and then he was dead. Besides, if it is OK for police to routinely execute American citizens, surely it is no big deal when some suspicious foreigner is executed, right?

    We should never second guess our protectors because we don’t know what they know that we can’t know – like how many lives were saved because Todashev was executed. Perhaps they prevented thousands of deaths at future marathon races, giving us freedom from fear as we run or live the American Dream by watching someone else run.

  3. Jim March 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    Excellent retort, Tom. And thanks for posting that link. That’s one of the best analyses I have seen on this.

    Maybe the FBI masterminds were spurred to exonerate killer agent by Cass Sunstein’s new book on the danger of conspiracy theories. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1476726620/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1476726620&linkCode=as2&tag=economiccom0e-20