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BOSTON BOMBING: NOTHING TO HIDE? (Part 2)

by JAN

(Just Another Nobody)

In my first post on the Boston bombings, I presented a number of reasons to reject the Official Story of this event.[1] Since the bombings occurred two more events have happened which look like attempts to cover-up and/or clean up after the event. The first of these was the murder of Ibragim Todashev in Florida, which I have discussed in my second article.[2] This article will focus on the deaths of the two FBI agents and other events which have been linked to the Boston bombings.

Two special agents of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, died in an accident off the Virginia coast. It seems they were fast-roping from a helicopter to a ship when the aircraft experienced difficulties.[3] The fact which connects this with the Boston bombings is that they were members of the HRT and “last month, the team was involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.”[4] The Virginia medical examiner’s office found that the “two FBI agents killed in a fall while training off the Virginia Beach coast died from blunt force trauma.”[5]

Two different posts from people with military backgrounds suggested that such an accident was rather unlikely, particularly if it is thought of as “falling” from the helicopter to the ship.

 

“RED FLAGS !!! How do you fall out of a “controlled” situation where you are supposed to have a special 600 pound test line with a special climbing harness and special “repelling rig” with a figure 8 repelling device.

“After that, it is up to you and your “break hand” with a Heavy Leather glove that is reinforced.

“You also have another “safety line” which is also attached, unless you are an “experienced” repeller and are on some SRT or extraction team.”[6]

“They were suppose to fast rope down to the ship. Being former Special Forces I can attest to the fact that there are two ways to use a rope from a helicopter. One is by repelling and the other is by fast roping. The helicopter is about 75 feet above the ground. Repelling is from the side of the helicopter and fast roping is from a trap down in the middle of the helicopter. Since there is all sorts of safety involved murder is a possibility. (…) I would have to say that while these FBI agents were repelling or fast roping, somebody probably cut the lines. The rope is pretty strong, it isn’t that easy to fall when you are hanging on to it.”[7]

 

This seems to be a simple exercise of putting two and two together to get four, and almost everyone commenting on it assumes this is enough to make a case for the FBI’s murder of two or their own agents. Unfortunately, I don’t think it is as simple as that, and it is useful to compare this case with the one I have discussed in my previous article, called Part 1, dealing with the murder of Ibragim Todashev.

First, in his case, we have photos of the body showing seven gunshot wounds, on of them being the head shot used by killers to make sure their victim is dead. In the case of the FBI agents we have nothing but the medical examiner’s report which is consistent with the FBI claim that the men died from impact, either with the boat or the water, rather than drowning.

Second, Dzhokar Tsarnaev was captured by a MBTA SWAT team.[8] Some members of the HRT were present a the capture of Dzhokar, as they apparently tossed a stun grenade into the boat where he was hiding.[9] The problem here is that the HRT consists of about 90 agents. There is no evidence that the two agents who died were even in Boston at the time, and no evidence agents with the HRT had anything to do with Dzhokar after he was arrested. “Considering how many people were involved in the actual arrest and how many agencies got involved, we’re talking about a lot of personnel that were in some way around.”[10]

Finally, even if you assume that many things about the Boston bombings are being covered up the FBI, this does not immediately give you a motive to kill two of their own agents. The main reasons to reject the FBI story of the death of Ibragim Todashev are (1) the number and kind of gunshot wounds he died from, (2) his being unarmed at the time, and (3) his likely knowledge of some important facts about the Tsarnaev brothers because of his common interests and background. We would need much more evidence to connect these two agents to something important relating to Dzhokar before we can reasonably suspect the FBI would have any reason to silence two of their own agents.

Thus, at this point, I think there is no reason to connect the deaths of these two agents to the Boston Bombings, and no reason to doubt the FBI’s account of their deaths. Clearly our government does lie to us, but the only way we can know this is to examine all the available evidence. While there is a widespread scepticism of the government, its actions and its statements, which is good, many of these people who are suspicious do not seem to be capable of digging around for evidence and weighing up what they find to come to a reasonable conclusion.

In his interesting series of shows on GreeneWaveTV, Christopher Greene has one entitled: INVESTIGATED: Woolwich and Boston Terror Attacks.[11] In this he discusses not only the death of Ibragim Todashev and the two FBI agents, but also the death of Sunil Tripathi who was found dead in the Providence River. He ties all of these four deaths together into one grand conspiracy.

A spokeswoman for the Provincetown police stated that “Tripathi’s body had been spotted in the river by a Brown university rowing coach on Tuesday and that it had been identified by dental records, suggesting a long immersion. Foul play was not a factor, she confirmed.”[12] The only connection he had with the Boston bombings was that users of Reddit mistakenly identified Sunil as one of the bombers. The mistake was eventually recognized and apologies offered to the family.[13]

Here again, there is no hard evidence to link Sunil Tripathi to the Boston bombings, and no reason to see his death as more than a personal tragedy. Perhaps it makes the “investigator” seem to be so much smarter than everyone else to link all these deaths together, but it does not advance our understanding of events any more than the lies of the government and the mass media.

We live in difficult times where the government lies and distorts the truth every day, and the media which reports these stories will not, and cannot, seriously question these stories. We have also seen that people who want to tell us the truth, called “whistleblowers” like Bradley Manning, Julian Assange among many others, are harassed by this same government and charged with invented “crimes”. We desperately need people who are sceptical of what they are told, capable of looking behind the stories to see what truths are being hidden, and willing to explain what they find to the rest of us. We need truth instead of lies!


[1] Boston Bombings: Not to Know is Bad; Not to Wish to Know is Worse. https://bostonbombingblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/

[13] Ibid.

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BOSTON BOMBING: NOTHING TO HIDE? (Part 1)

by JAN

In my previous post, I presented a number of reasons to reject the Official Story of the Boston Marathon bombings.1 Since the bombings occurred two more events have happened which look like attempts to cover-up and/or clean up after the event. I will discuss both of them, but in separate articles.

The first of these is the death of Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen and friend of the Tsarnaev brothers in Boston. Here we find clear evidence of a murder by the FBI which must have been to silence any statements by people who know their Official Story is a pack of lies. Ibragim’s father, Abdulbaki Todashev, showed reporters pictures of his son’s body taken in the US. In these photos “Todashev is pictured lying in a Florida morgue. His father claims they show brutal injuries from up to seven bullets including one to the back of the head.”2  In another article his father stated that “they could have wounded him, in the leg or the shoulder. But this is a killing with a ‘control shot.” The article went on to explain that his father used the Russian phrase translated as a “control shot” for a point-blank shot used by hit men to ensure their victim is dead.3

For its part, the FBI keeps changing its story about what happened.   Josh Voorhees in his blog Slatest explains that at first the AP, NBC News and others claimed that Ibragim had a knife and lunged at the agents, while the New York Times claimed it was “a knife or pipe or something.” Then the Washington Post explained: “Initial reports citing anonymous law-enforcement individuals provided conflicting accounts of what happened. Some law enforcement officials said Todashev wielded a knife and others suggested that he attempted to grab the FBI agent’s gun.”4 The knife probably dropped out of the story when it was revealed that Ibragim was unarmed when questioned by the FBI.

But this is not the end. No doubt the script writers at the FBI are working overtime to invent a plausible story to cover what is clearly a cold-blooded murder. This is their latest take on Ibragim’s death:

“Mr. Todashev, according to the F.B.I., confessed to his involvement in [a 2011 triple homicide] and implicated [Tamerlan] Tsarnaev. He then started to write a statement admitting his involvement while sitting at a table across from the agent and one of the detectives when the agent briefly looked away, the official said. At that moment, Mr. Todashev picked up the table and threw it at the agent, knocking him to the ground.
“While trying to stand up, the agent, who suffered a wound to his face from the table that required stitches, drew his gun and saw Mr. Todashev running at him with a metal pole, according to the official, adding that it might have been a broomstick.
“The agent fired several shots at Mr. Todashev, striking him and knocking him backward. But Mr. Todashev again charged at the agent. The agent fired several more shots at Mr. Todashev, killing him. The detective in the room did not fire his weapon, the official said. Under the F.B.I.’s guidelines, agents can fire a gun at someone if they feel the person is a threat to them or someone else.5

Notice how the story shows that the agents followed FBI guidelines to the letter. How difficult it must be to make up these stories and follow FBI guidelines as well!

Ibragim was not the only person at the interview. “A friend of Todashev, Khusn Taramiv, said Todashev, was being investigated for his connection to Tsarnaev because both had lived in Boston and were MMA fighters.” They were interviewed together for about three hours. Khusn’s account of event is given here:

“(The FBI) took me and my friend, (Ibragim Todashev). They were talking to us, both of us, right? And they said they need him for a little more, for a couple more hours, and I left, and they told me they’re going to bring him back. They never brought him back,” Taramiv said.
“He felt inside he was going to get shot,” Taramiv said about Todashev. “I told him, ‘Everything is going to be fine, don’t worry about it.’ He said, ‘I have a really bad feeling.'”
“Taramiv said he left the interview, and when he came back to the apartments, he found that there had been a shooting.6

As I see it, the only reason to kill Ibragim Todashev is that he knew things about the Tsarnaev brothers that did not fit into the Official Story. Fortunately for  Khusn Taramiv he did not seem to know anything of importance about them. Probably what Khusn knew also made him realize that he had something to fear from the FBI. So we now have five victims of the Boston bombings.

1 https://bostonbombingblog.wordpress.com/ 

2 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2333101/Friend-Boston-Marathon-bomber-UNARMED-killed-FBI-agent-confess-triple-murder.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

3 http://en.ria.ru/crime/20130530/181428156/Point-Blank-Shot-Killed-Friend-of-Alleged-Boston-Bomber–Father.html

4 http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/05/30/ibragim_todashev_fbi_sources_walk_back_official_story_that_tamerlan_s_friend.html

5 http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/05/31/ibragim_todashev_fbi_officials_offer_a_more_detailed_version_of_what_led.html

6 http://www.wesh.com/news/central-florida/orange-county/fbi-agent-involved-in-deadly-shooting-in-orlando/-/12978032/20249908/-/item/0/-/n8h8p4z/-/index.html