FBI, Badge, Gun

Interview with Criminologist on the FBI: The New Untouchables

Reading Time: 11 minutes America’s leading expert on police accountability says the FBI—once regarded as law enforcement’s standard-setter—has become an outlier outfit that ignores “best-practices” police procedures. In an exclusive Q&A with WhoWhatWhy, Samuel Walker says that a key aspect of the Bureau’s probes of shootings by agents is “just crazy.” His comments hold particular relevance considering the FBI’s long-delayed explanation of how and why its agent killed a witness in the Boston Marathon Bombing case.

Boston Bombing Iron Curtain

Reading Time: 6 minutes The federal government’s grip on information about the Boston Marathon Bombing investigation and prosecution gets ever more vise-like. A federal judge has rejected the ACLU’s attempt to file a friend of the court brief raising serious constitutional questions about the government’s proceedings against the accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. And his defense attorneys have charged that the government continues to withhold investigatory details that Tsarnaev needs to get a fair trial. A civil liberties attorney tells WhoWhatWhy that the judge is acting like “a tool of the U.S. Department of Justice.”

Monday Morning Skeptic: Questioning Authority in the Sprawling Boston Bombing Case

Reading Time: 8 minutes Are you a kooky meddler if you question the gauzy law enforcement narrative about the labyrinthine Boston Marathon bombing investigation? Or is it crazier to place blind trust in the infallibility of the FBI? We’ll take the first option. Here are a few of the many basic issues that have still not been resolved.