When the Executive Has the Power to Murder Whoever He Likes on His Secret and Unilateral Will Alone…

We should not really be surprised when those who work for the executive do sketchy things. A reader writes:

Remember that guy who was shot during his FBI interview in FLA a couple weeks ago. Remember how we were told he “suddenly became violent and attacked his interviewers with a knife”. Then it was no knife, but a steel pipe, then not a pipe but nothing. But “he was a trained martial artist”, then it came out he was still recovering from knee surgery. Seems British investigative journo George Monbiot has been uncovering a lot of discrepancies in the story. Also the father of the deceased was less than cooperative with the authorities. Seems the FBI was unaware that the family members could take pictures of the body with a phone and upload them to the net, revealing the suspect having been riddled with 7 shots, and finished off with 1 bullet to the back of the head, execution style. Seems the drone war is coming home to roost, after all, if assassinating suspects makes sense overseas, why not at home?

When you can secretly murder people and, afterward, declare them terrorists who had it coming (which is Administration policy abroad with drone strikes) it only stands to reason you can do it domestically. Of course, we don’t *know* it happened here. But the multiply-shifting narratives being emitted by the state here do tend to around suspicions. If it were some gangland thug on the stand and not Caesar coming up with this stuff, we’d book him for investigation.

The Founding Fathers did not create the Constitution because they trusted the State. They created the Constitution because they deeply distrusted the State. Executives who claim the power to unilaterally and secret murder people with zero accountability are exactly what they distrusted. I think they were smart. This death should be investigated by somebody not in the pay of the Obama Administration or the FBI. This, along with the Obama intimidation of the press, and the IRS junk signals either woeful neglect of duty or deliberate policy. It does not signal a President fulfilling his oath.

  • Bryan

    I know nothing of this Monbiot guy…how reliable is this information? I suppose I have a natural skepticism for conspiracy theories that makes me question such things.

    • Ian Bibby

      I don’t trust him specifically, but he sourced his article quite well, so you can verify how the FBI’s story has shifted for yourself.

  • Stu

    There is definitely some “weirdness” in the Todashev case.

    • Imp the Vladaler

      Definitely weird, and the FBI and State Police may have screwed up royally, but I doubt that there’s any kind of conspiracy.

      If you’re going to murder someone and claim self-defense, and you’ve got the resources of the state and feds at your disposal, you plant a gun. You at least plant a knife.

      Reminds me a bit of the “Bush Lied!” thing in Iraq. If Bush was going to lie about WMDs (as opposed to reading too much into thin intelligence), that meant that he knew (i) that there weren’t WMDs in Iraq, (ii) that people would figure that out and blame him. You’d have to believe that he was willing to tell a lie that he knew would get exposed, but didn’t make any contingency plans to plant a couple of nukes in Iraq.

    • Pavel Chichikov

      It’s about Chechnya. Weird is *normalno*.

  • http://blog.goliard.us/ Blog Goliard

    One complicating factor, here and in all the other scandals going on at the moment, is that it’s not just the Clintons of the world who act as congential liars anymore.

    People in authority are lying when they’ve done something wrong and have something to hide…and also when they haven’t. They’re lying according to a purpose, to accomplish some objective…and also for no reason at all.

    Add a generous dollop of incompetence to the mix and the waters get even muddier.

    So uncovering lies and exposing cover-ups proves depressingly little by itself, I’m afraid.

  • Pavel Chichikov

    Just a note:

    The bullet wound in the photograph seems to located at the top of the head, not the back. No independent corroboration that the body in the photograph is that of the deceased in question, or verification that the photograph has not been altered.

  • Pavel Chichikov

    Stories going around now, FWIW, that the accession of telephone records by the government is connected with the Boston Marathon event.

    FWIW.

    • Imp the Vladaler

      That’s a relief. I didn’t like the idea of the government knowing when I called my retired aunt in Palm Beach, but if it’s to solve the Boston Marathon bombing, then cool.

      • Pavel Chichikov

        Does seem like an awfully broad cast of the net – and again, it’s just a story. Maybe rumor, disinformation, a partial truth, a fraction of the truth.

        So much goes on in the shadows. It’s very difficult to evaluate what’s happening.

        • Imp the Vladaler

          Can you share a link to this story? Because if the quality of this rumor is such that it’s not even fit to be passed around the Internet, then I plan to discount it completely.

          • Pavel Chichikov

            Heard it on NPR radio news this morning.


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