Here’s an anecdote from the marathon bombing trial. The other day an FBI agent was on the stand testifying as to the text messages and tweets found on the younger Tsarnaev’s phone. There were a few thousand messages and tweets discovered. The agent detailed a couple of dozen. He showed the jury a picture of Mecca and a number of tweets that had no other meaning than ‘death to America’. Guaranteed.
Well on cross-examination it came out that the poor FBI agent was set-up by some of Carmen Ortiz’s finest. The photo of Mecca was actually a picture of the mosque Tsarnaev attended back home. The tweets? They were all pop culture references including a couple of Tosh.0 bits. When broken down none of the tweets were nefarious in anyway.
But here’s the kicker. The FBI agent was just doing his job. The defense attorney got him to admit that the prosecutors just gave him those few tweets to review and informed him what they meant. He was not asked to investigate further, just take the script and get on the stand.
Here’s the bigger question? Is the Justice Department hiding something? Like the Bulger trial, is this trial more about protecting people and institutions than seeking justice? Are there one or two bureaucrats holed-up in Washington D.C. who pull strings to put out fires like this? Like this Margolis guy perhaps?
Remember, it’s not about justice it’s about protecting the image.
1. Bomb goes off
2. Surveillance photos show clearly the faces of the bombers
3. At least one of the bombers was previoulsy interviewed by local FBI agnets. They were known to the anti-terrorist community.
4. The FBI has in the past infiltrated Mosques and other Muslim institutions in search of potential terrorists.
5. As part of their task they have developed and attempted to develop informants within the local Muslim community.
6. After the bombing the FBI released the photos to the public asking for its help.
7. The “book” says in situations where the suspects are dangerous, desperate, and highly irrational releasing the photos is the least desired and last resort in the list of protocols. That is because there is a likely chance the culprit will commit more crazed acts to escape the situation he’s in. He becomes more desperate. Everyone knows this.
8. When someone commits violent acts that cause as much suffering as the Tsarnaevs caused then there always is the possibility of a pitch-fork mob or aggressive law enforcement types will apply street justice when found.
9. Soon after the photos were released the bombers went into action. They killed Officer Collier then had the Hollywood shoot out which left one of them dead. One down, one to go.
10. The boat. The bad guy in the boat. Police under orders not to shoot. Police shoot. BPD Captain Evans screams into radio and orders seize fire. (Not his jurisdiction btw, just a smart guy with balls).
11. Tsarnaev lives. Holy moly.
Okay Nos. 1 − 11 do not mean anything other than speculation. Shit happens.
But then let’s add in fact number 12, shall we?
12. An FBI agent from a west coast office with a shady past goes to Florida and kills a close friend of the bombers claiming a. it was in self-defense; and b. had nothing to do with bombing but was about a drug related murder in Waltham, MA.
See what I mean? Why would the FBI care about that murder? Doesn’t make sense. Nothing does.
13. WERE THE TSARNAEVS BEING RECRUITED AS FBI INFORMANTS ONLY TO TURN OUT TO BE THE TERRORISTS? IS THIS ABOUT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAVING FACE?
Whose decision was it to release the pictures? Whose decision was it to send the violent FBI agent to interview Todeschev and why?
The same person who is seeing to it that John Connolly stays in jail, Pat Nee murders people without being charged, and John Martorano and Kevin Weeks are living the life of Riley, that’s who.
In my opinion it’s David Margolis. He’s been in the Justice Department over 50 years and prides himself as being the guy who makes problems for the Justice Department go away. Think about that.