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EXCLUSIVE: Florida States Attorney’s Report on FBI Murder of Ibragim Todashev Exposed as Tissue of Lies by Its Own Internal Evidence

After a review of both the 161 and over 600-page versions of Florida States Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton’s report on the FBI murder of Ibragim Todashev, as well as a vitally important Boston magazine article on the Todashev murder, we have concluded that the Ashton Report is part of a massive cover-up and falsification of the events and circumstances which took place before, during and after the FBI interrogation and murder of Todashev.

Our primary concern is with the physical  impossibility of Todashev having been shot seven times at point-blank range by the sole FBI agent on the scene after Todashev allegedly attacked the FBI agent with a flimsy broom handle.  There are two problems with this story that leap out at anyone who has taken the time to review the just-released documents which we published yesterday, March 28th: first of all, THERE WAS ANOTHER FBI AGENT PRESENT AT THE MURDER SCENE – and this second agent’s presence at the scene has been completely “redacted” by all the law enforcement officers present at the time of the shooting as well as States Attorney Ashton’s report!  It is also impossible for us to believe that the FBI agent who was involved in the interrogation of Todashev, and who, according to the Ashton report, was the only officer to fire his weapon during the incident, could have been the only shooter, because Todashev was shot in the back several times – and it would have been physically impossible for those shots to have been fired by the FBI agent from the position he and the others present claim he took up during the shooting.  The Ashton Report concocts a fanciful account of how the FBI agent in the room, who faced Todashev during the shooting, managed to shoot Todashev in the back.  This tall tale of Ashton’s is wholly reminiscent of the “single gunman” and “magic bullet” theories propounded by the Warren Commission in their investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963.

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Excerpts from the 161-page version of the Ashton Report (censored): an autopsy report written by the (Florida) District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office’s Dr. Gary Utz (page 19):

The deceased suffered at [sic] total of seven gunshot wounds.  One projectile entered the top of the head, passed through the brain and the base of the skull. It was recovered.  Three projectiles entered the back; one exited and two were recovered in the body.  Two projectiles passed through the left upper arm and re-entered the left chest.  An additional projectile also entered the left chest. All three projectiles were recovered.  There is no evidence of close range firing in any of the gunshot wounds.   The manner of death is homicide.” [emphasis and italics in original – IWPCHI]

 

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The Ashton report claims that there were six people present at the interrogation scene on the night of Todashev’s murder:  Todashev; the two Massachusetts State Police officers; a tactical officer from an unidentified Florida police department, one FBI agent – and a friend of Todashev, a man named Khusen Taramov.  It is singularly suspicious that the FBI agent’s report as well as the other law enforcement officers reports of the incidents the night of the shooting claim that they did not know the last name of Todashev’s friend Taramov: the Florida Tactical Officer and the Ashton Report calls Taramov “Khusen LNU” – “LNU” standing for “last name unknown” – as if they had never met him before.  According to Taramov, he and other friends of Todashev had been repeatedly interviewed by FBI agent “Chris” and other FBI agents based in Florida.  According to an article by Susan Zalkind of Boston magazine, Taramov stated that he spent nearly four hours on the night of the murder talking to the Orlando tactical police officer and a second FBI agent named “Chris” outside Todashev’s apartment, while the other FBI agent and the two Mass. State troopers interrogated and kept their eyes on Todashev.   This second FBI agent named “Chris” was completely erased from the scene in all the sworn statements by all the police and the FBI agent present!

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Excerpts from Boston magazine article  “The Murders Before the Marathon” by Susan Zalkind (pages 5-6):

“On May 21, the last night of his life, Ibragim was hanging out with friends when the FBI called him again. It was an agent Ibragim’s friends were by now familiar with, but knew only by his first name: Chris” [emphasis added – IWPCHI]

“When Khusen and Ibragim got to the apartment, Chris was with three other officers—an FBI agent from Boston, and two Massachusetts state troopers. Orlando police were on the scene as well [emphasis added – IWPCHI]

“The officers took Ibragim into the apartment and Chris said he needed to interview Khusen outside” [emphasis added – IWPCHI]  It was 7:30 p.m. […]

“Agent Chris asked Khusen a few questions […] Khusen waited outside the house for four hours. Then at 11:30 p.m., he was told to leave”.

 

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The presence of the second FBI agent is important, because if, as the FBI agent who shot Todashev claims, he shot Todashev as Todashev ran towards him with a cheap wooden or metal kitchen broom handle, it would have been impossible for that FBI agent to have shot Todashev in the back several times.  Therefore, another person had to have shot Todashev in the back – another shooter with the same type of Glock handgun used by FBI agents, because all seven bullets that entered Todashev’s body were identified by FBI ballistics specialists as having come from a Glock 23, as were all the shell casings found at the murder scene  (the FBI agent who allegedly was the “sole shooter” carried a Glock 23 that night).

It appears to us that the most logical explanation for the bullet entry wounds in Todashev’s back is that they would have been fired by someone standing in the hallway behind Todashev as he allegedly moved (with the broom handle held in both his hands in front of him and raised in a menacing attack position) towards the FBI agent inside the apartment.  The fact that all six bullets recovered from the body of Todashev (and one mysterious bullet found later on the carpet in the murder room) were from Glock 23s – which are carried by FBI agents – indicates that the second shooter – presumably the “redacted” FBI agent “Chris” – also fired his weapon, hitting Todashev from behind.  The most straightforward explanation we can surmise is that the second Glock-23-carrying shooter would have been FBI agent “Chris”, who had been chatting outside the apartment with the Florida Tactical officer and Khusen Tamarov while the other three law enforcement officers interrogated Todashev inside the apartment – and who, presumably, rushed to his partner’s assistance when he heard his partner yelling after he was struck in the head by a coffee table that had been supposedly thrown at him by Todashev.

Corroboration of the existence of a second FBI agent having been present at the scene and having also fired his weapon was given by District Nine Medical Examiner Lora Zedick in her written reports and in statements to the Ashton inquiry.  She claimed that when she first arrived at the scene on the night of the murder, she was repeatedly told by officers securing the scene that there had been two FBI agents present and that both of them had fired their weapons.  Investigators from the Ashton inquiry repeatedly attempted to get M.E. Zedick to change her story by repeatedly questioning her about her memory of the involvement of “two” FBI agents.  She stuck to her version of the events at the scene for a long time, but eventually started to modify her earlier statements after probably having finally “got the message” the investigators were sending her about her troublesome insistence that not one but two FBI agents had been present at and had fired their weapons at murder victim Todashev.

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Excerpts of written statements made by District Nine Medical Examiner Lora Zedick, taken from 161-page version of Ashton Report (pages 101 and 102):

Case Summary

Positively identified 27 y/o male shot multiple times by FBI agents during a case related interview.  […]

FBI agents responded to the decedent’s apartment style residence for an arranged case interview.  At some point during the interview the FBI agents were physically threatened by the decedent.  FBI agents opened fire: decedent sustained multiple gunshot wounds.  

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The FBI agents fired approximately seven times from their glock 23.”

[all emphasis and italics in original – IWPCHI]

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These are the most glaring flaws in the “official story” being trumpeted by States Attorney Ashton, the FBI and the US Department of Justice – but they are not the only ones.  Why was the Medical Examiner’s office denied access to the crime scene for hours while the FBI and perhaps other agencies pored over the evidence?  How is it that Todashev, who had allegedly been gripping that broom handle with both hands in a menacing manner left NO FINGER OR PALM PRINTS on it, according to the FBI crime lab?  How is it that the ornamental sword, which was hurriedly taken off the wall where it was displayed and placed behind a shoe rack in the entryway of the apartment by one of the Mass. State Police troopers, DID NOT HAVE FINGER OR PALM PRINTS OF THAT OFFICER ON IT when it was examined by the FBI crime lab?  These are some of the most glaring inconsistencies in the Ashton Report.

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Excerpts from 161-page version of Ashton Report (page 81):

FBI Laboratory Report of Examination, dated October 24, 2013 …

“Date Specimens received:  August 8, 2013

” The specimens listed below were examined in the Latent Print Operations Unit:

“Q24     Sword [next word or several words censored in original IWPCHI]

Q25     Broomstick [next word or several words censored in original – IWPCHI]

This report documents the friction ridge print examinations.

Results of Examinations:

One latent fingerprint of value was detected on Q24.  No latent prints of value were detected on the remaining specimen [Q25]

The latent fingerprint is not a fingerprint of IBRAGIM TODASHEV, … [Trooper Two] [Trooper One] or … [FBI Agent]. …”

[all emphasis and italics in original – IWPCHI]

 

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While it is true that what we propose is our own mere speculation (though it is based on the evidence as presented by the Ashton Report) it is extremely difficult either to believe the government’s “explanation” or to come up with a rational alternative explanation as to how all the bullet wounds to Todashev could have been inflicted by a shooter who was standing inside the apartment face-to-face with Todashev, as the alleged solo FBI shooter claims in his own statements.  We are asked to believe that a volley of bullets striking Todashev in the front of his chest spun him all the way around so that all of the shots that hit him in the back could be explained as coming from the same shooter – and then, those shots in the back somehow caused him to spin around again to face the FBI shooter and to fall face down on the rug in front of the FBI agent.  This simply does not make sense to us at all.

The Ashton Report will go down in history as one of the most deeply suspicious government investigations of a high-profile murder since the Warren Report.  We invite our readers to review the documentary evidence we published yesterday, as well as the Boston magazine article we refer to today and see if you can make sense of the “official story”.  We invite our readers to send in their comments and links to any other evidence you may have in your possession for us to review and publish here.

 

— IWPCHI

 

Complete (but heavily censored) 600+ Page Ashton Report on FBI Murder of Ibragim Todashev

[UPDATED: corrected error in first paragraph that misidentified Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a suspect in a 2011 triple murder in Waltham, MA.  The person suspected of involvement in that murder was his brother, Tamerlan.  We apologise for the error. – IWPCHI]

The Independent Workers Party of Chicago presents here Florida States Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton’s report on the FBI murder of Ibragim Todashev – wanted for questioning in a triple homicide that took place in Waltham, Massachusetts on September 11, 2011 as well as for his ill-starred friendship with fellow mixed-martial-arts enthusiast and alleged triple murder co-conspirator Tamerlan Tsarnaev of Boston Marathon bombing infamy.   These documents, which are heavily censored, include autopsy reports, crime scene photos, FBI ballistics test results, sworn statements by the Massachusetts State Police Officers and the FBI agent present in the home of Todashev at the time of his murder and much more.  To date, this archive represents the most comprehensive documentary record of the strange series of events leading up to the murder of Todashev.

The documents – over 600 pages in all – leave many questions unanswered in the case.  Why did the FBI agree to interrogate Todashev at his own home rather than wait for an arrest warrant from Massachusetts, which would have allowed them to take him into custody for questioning in a controlled and thoroughly documented manner?  Why were the audio and video recordings of Todashev’s 4- 1/2-hour alleged “confession” to involvement in the triple homicide in Waltham so haphazardly recorded?  How can the state explain the bullet entry wounds in Todashev’s back, supposedly fired at him as he allegedly attempted a frontal attack on an FBI agent and a Massachusetts State Police officer with a flimsy household mop handle?  How is it that even though Todashev was brandishing the mop handle at the two law enforcement officers when he was killed with a volley of seven bullets, his fingerprints were not found on the mop handle?  Why was Medical Examiner Lora Zedick repeatedly told at the scene of Todashev’s murder that not one but TWO FBI agents were involved in the shooting?  Why are the names of so many government police agencies censored from the Ashton Report?  Why did the FBI insist on censoring all of Todashev’s statements to the cops who were interrogating him?  These are just a few of the most glaring questions that will occur to anyone even making a casual review of the 161-page summary of the Ashton Report.

These documents were released by the office of Florida States Attorney Ashton via their website.  We had a pretty tough time locating these docs, as they were squirreled away deep in the bowels of the website of the States Attorney’s Office, rather than openly presented by the Office of the Florida Attorney General on their website.   Hopefully, publishing them here will allow more people to find these documents with far less hunting around the Internets.

IWPCHI

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SA Investigation into death of Ibragim Todashev 

SA Ashton Letter to FBI Director Comey (03-25-14)

Todashev Final Report 03-17-14 (OCR) (censored)

Todashev Supplemental Report (03-24-14)

 

Attachments to Investigative Report:

Attachment 93 (Transcripts 1-3) (OCR) (censored)

Attachment 93 (Transcripts 4-15) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 1-28 (pgs. 1-100) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 29-49 (pgs. 101-199) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 50-71 (pgs. 200-301) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 72-92 (pgs. 302-400) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 94-115 (pgs. 401-498) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 116-121 (pgs. 499-529) (OCR) (censored)

 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:

US_DoJ_civil-rights-division-todashev-report

 

 

US Imperialism’s Chickens Will Continue to Come Home to Roost Until US Workers Start Caring About US War Crimes

In the wake of the horrendous Boston Marathon Bombings, the world has been treated to the spectacle of U.S. citizens showing the “compassion” for which the United States is so UNJUSTLY renowned.  Candlelight vigils of crowds of US workers singing hymns; public displays of mourning for the victims; piles of stuffed animals and handmade notes and posters of sympathy for the victims; tributes to the victims at every sporting event in the land… it’s all so very touching.

And it’s all a lot of bullshit!

U.S. citizens do all this not to make the families of the victims feel good; it’s to make these faux-mourners feel good about themselves that they put on this hypocritical display of so-called “American compassion”.  No sooner do they step away from the many memorials to the dead and maimed U.S. victims of these twin bombings than they immediately go into a nationalistic fury at the “foreign Muslims” who allegedly committed the sadistic acts of terror.  Waving U.S. flags, chanting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”, fawning over the ridiculously unheroic actions of the kill-crazed members of the U.S. Police State; this is showing compassion?  Calling for the “suspects” to be lynched in a thousand ways on every news media website and blog in the nation, they scream for the blood of a 19-year-old man – who has only today been formally charged with the crimes – and the “compassionate” U.S. citizenry howls for his head on a platter – literally!  Vast numbers of U.S. citizens have completely internalized the brutal, racist attitudes of the U.S. capitalist class and their police state and the REAL mass-murderers: the U.S.’ blood-soaked military and “intelligence” agencies.

The basic bleating cry of the “compassionate” American is: “Why do they hate us?  Why do they attack us?  What have we done to the Chechens?”  As if there is no reason in the world for young Muslims to hate the United States Government, its military and its PEOPLE for electing and re-electing a long, long line of vicious Wall St. puppets that have murdered tens of millions of workers around the world in the past 120 years – choosing for their victims mainly those in oil-rich Muslim countries for the past 30 years.   Like the Japanese,  Koreans and Vietnamese before them, the (mostly) brown-skinned Muslim workers are considered by the so-called “compassionate” American capitalist class to be “sub-human”; no act of violence is too savage to be brought to bear against the Muslim “enemy”!  The U.S. working class has completely accepted their capitalist masters’ racist attitude towards any Muslim who would dare to defend his fellow Muslims against the kind of savagery being aimed at anyone who so much as knows a so-called “radical Islamist”.  Any Muslim who fires a weapon at a U.S. soldier in defense of his home country, family and neighbors is considered to be a “terrorist” and therefore subhuman; the U.S. working class howls for his murder!

For just how long do you, the workers of the United States – you who make up less than 5% of the world’s population – think that the other 95% of the planet’s inhabitants are going to give you a pass while “your” ELECTED government’s military goes around shooting, bombing, torturing and assassinating anyone who dares to stand up to U.S. Imperialism?  If you will stand and cheer the U.S. soldiers who have been busy raping, pillaging and murdering your fellow workers in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iraq and throughout the Middle East – what are the workers in the other 95% of the world supposed to think about you?  Was it your “innate compassion” that caused “your” sons and daughters in the U.S. military to commit torture at Abu Ghraib?  Was it your love of your fellow human beings that created the mass-murder in Fallujah?  Was it your kindness and moral superiority that allowed you to applaud as 1.5 million Iraqis were slaughtered so that the U.S. capitalist class could seize the oil fields of Iraq?   Was it your love of freedom and democracy that led you to support the War in Afghanistan, against the poorest nation on Earth, in which tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children have been butchered by U.S. warplanes and soldiers?  Where were your memorials, where was your public outpouring of “compassion” when all these innocent workers were slaughtered, allegedly in defense of your ‘freedoms” and in your name, by your sons and daughters?

The 95% of the world are beginning to understand that decades of appeals they have addressed to the “compassionate” American working class are falling on deaf ears and cold, hardened hearts of human beings completely brainwashed by the propaganda spread by the U.S. capitalist class’ into supporting every barbaric war the U.S. has ever waged.  Literally millions of selfless, heroic human beings – far superior in every respect to the selfish, cowardly U.S. working class – have been slaughtered in cold blood by U.S. imperialist forces and their puppets in Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine… just to name a few!  And all this time, the 95% of the world’s population has, for the most part, refrained from “bringing the war home” to the U.S. working class.

But that is starting to change.

If the U.S. workers continue to support their capitalist masters as they go around “making the world safe for U.S. business interests”; if the U.S. working class continues to send their sons and daughters out to kill and maim millions of their fellow workers all over the globe on behalf of their capitalist masters; if the U.S. working class continues to not give a shit about how many of their workers are slaughtered by U.S. imperialism’s troops – now operating in well over 150 countries! – and continue to support the U.S. Government by voting for it or by refusing to oppose it; then the chickens are going to continue to come home to roost, and there will be many more terrorist attacks like the World Trade Center and Boston Marathon bombings.  You can be sure of it.

“Why do they hate you”?  Because you don’t give a shit when the U.S. government slaughters their sons, daughters, mothers and fathers in pursuit of the profits of the U.S. capitalist class, that’s why!  The 95% are starting to wake up and realize that the United States Government has got to go.  The rest of the world will not stand around and get beaten to death while you pretend to be “oh, so compassionate” only when American blood is spilled!  They will come after you and they will destroy the U.S. Government in the same way that the Nazi regime was wiped off the face of the Earth in 1945!  It’s just a matter of time.

If you think that your shitty middle-class existence is going to be endlessly propped up by “your” military carpet-bombing the rest of the planet, think again oh “compassionate” ones!  You are bequeathing to your sons and daughters the very same comeuppance that the Nazis received at the end of World War Two.  The 93% of the world doesn’t want to have to do it; but if you continue to support blood-soaked U.S. imperialism, they will have no other choice.  Either overthrow the vicious, imperialist U.S. Government yourselves, or the rest of the world will do it for you.

Keep supporting the U.S. capitalist class’ twin parties of U.S. imperialism – the Democrats and Republicans – and your fate will be sealed.

It’s up to you, the U.S. working class, what your future – and the future of your children and grandchildren – will be like.  You’d better start giving a shit right now!

IWPCHI