More Strange Terrorism Parallels

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Ibragim Todashev was killed by FBI agents last week after, according to them, he suddenly flipped out and attacked agents during an extended round of questioning — just as he was about to sign a confession to an earlier murder. His confession was expected to implicate Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was earlier killed by police.

Todashev had been hounded by the FBI from the time of the Boston bombings and was told that they needed “one last interview” before his planned return to Chechnya. That interview lasted hours and hours and it turned out badly for Todashev.

But it was an ending that he had already come to expect.

Here is an account of the final hours according to his friend Khasuen Taramov:

“Taramov said he himself was questioned by the FBI for three hours Tuesday night. Asked what he was asked, Taramov said, ‘Different kind of questions like “what do you think about bombings,” “do you know these guys,” blah blah blah, what is my views on certain stuff.’…

“Taramov said his friend had told him he had a bad feeling about the direction the investigation was heading.

“He felt like there’s going to be a setup … bad setup against him. Because he told me, “They are making up such crazy stuff, I don’t know … why they doing it. OK, I’m answering the questions, but they are still making up some, like, connections, some crazy stuff. I don’t know why they are doing it.'”

At the Atlantic Wire, Alexander Abad-Santos provides an excellent analysis of the FBI/police claims about the shooting of Todashev that calls their account into serious question.

Switch over to the seeming madman in the UK, Michael Adebolajo, who was filmed in a grisly state after beheading a British soldier also this past week.

Adebolajo’s friend Abu Nusaybah told the British media that the MI5, the UK equivalent of the FBI, had been hounding Adebolajo for some time after he had returned from a trip to Kenya:

“Mr Nusaybah said when Adebolajo returned from Kenya he claimed he was ‘being harassed by MI5′ after agents repeatedly called at his home.

“‘His wording was, ‘They are bugging me; they won’t leave me alone’,” Mr Nusaybah said.

“He mentioned initially they wanted to ask him whether he knew certain individuals.

“‘But after him saying that he didn’t know these individuals and so forth, what he said is they asked him whether he would be interested in working for them.

“‘He was explicit in that he refused to work for them but he did confirm that he didn’t know the individuals.'”

Will we ever know the real role of the domestic police/intelligence services in these seemingly bizarre events? Why so many strange similarities? What kinds of pressure, intimidation, and Soviet-style confession-inducing or cooperation-inducing techniques are exerted in these endless interviews? What is it in these cases that causes the subjects of these interrogations to crack?

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7:28 am on May 25, 2013