Reading Time: 4 minutes Florida Bulldog, the online news outlet that publicized explosive evidence of connections between the 9/11 hijackers and prominent Saudis, demands to know why the FBI is now disowning a provocative 9/11 report from one of its own agents.
Reading Time: 11 minutes Last month, we reported startling new evidence that answered the questions, What did the FBI know about accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev — and when did it know it? Now the public is asking the same questions about Omar Mateen. For an in-depth look at how the FBI interacts with prospective informants, please see the story below. Published two years ago, it is still highly relevant.
Reading Time: 6 minutes New evidence reveals FBI secretly had Boston Marathon bombing figure Tamerlan Tsarnaev classified as “dangerous” right up until the bombing. The Bureau initially claimed… they didn’t even know him.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Warning from the FBI and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Despite new safeguards, the increasing use of computers in cars poses an increasing risk of car-hacking.
Reading Time: 6 minutes A close look at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s just-released interrogation notes casts doubt on some of the facts of the case as presented by the government.
Reading Time: 8 minutes Bill Turner did not like what he saw happening at the FBI during his time there. Unlike many, he did not keep his mouth shut. We honor his memory.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The evidence suggests the FBI went to extraordinary lengths to set up one of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s best friends, to ensure his help in convicting the accused Boston Marathon bomber. Stephen Silva, who testified against Tsarnaev, was released on December 22, 2015, and is now a free man after being sentenced to time served:17 months. Had he not agreed to testify for the prosecution, he would have faced a maximum of 40 years for selling heroin — something the FBI manipulated him into doing.
Reading Time: 5 minutes The watchdogs tasked with overseeing the federal government are pushing back against a growing defiance from agencies like the FBI. The agencies’ subtle and not-so- subtle obstruction sheds light on why attempts to fix responsibility for “intelligence failures” — like the probe into the lead-up to the Boston Marathon bombing — typically amount to a whole lot of nothing.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Just like the Boston Marathon bombing, information is starting to trickle out that, despite denials to the contrary, the perpetrators of the nation’s latest dramatic act of terrorism may have been on law-enforcement’s radar prior to the bloodshed.
Reading Time: 3 minutes A bipartisan effort in the Senate is seeking to shield FBI whistleblowers, who are among the most poorly protected in the federal workforce, from retaliation.
Reading Time: 3 minutes In a victory for privacy advocates, a federal judge for the first time fully lifted a gag order associated with a National Security Letter (NSL). The details of the case are complex, but the decision is a powerful affirmation of free speech protections under the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The FBI will be developing software to enable its agents to collect fingerprints and pictures of anyone they encounter. This personal material could then be compared to the Bureau’s massive biometrics database. What could possibly go wrong with this?
Reading Time: 1 minute WhoWhatWhy’s Russ Baker on “The Ripple Effect” Podcast. Russ talks about the mysterious crash that killed the investigative journalist Michael Hastings. He also presents his most detailed analysis yet of the Boston Marathon Bombing case. Even after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death, the questions and doubts about the case are thicker than ever. He explores the out-of-control American Homeland Security State — the screwups, the cover-ups, the recklessness, the hidden agendas; and the cowardice and laziness of the media in failing to pursue the real story. 90 minutes of blunt talk.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Only the astonishingly unaccountable FBI could get away with consistently not recording its investigative interviews not only of suspects but of witnesses—then having its agents write up reports based on “memory.” A former Deputy District Attorney tells the story of one judge who felt uncomfortable letting the Bureau wing it when he himself was in the hot seat.
Reading Time: 7 minutes The Cold Case of the death of a hot reporter. Was there more to it than a tragic accident? And why did the media not look into this affair, given the kinds of things Hastings was investigating, and the unusual details of his final seconds.
Reading Time: 8 minutes A friend of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to six years in prison—after cooperating with the FBI in its investigation. Other known Tsarnaev associates who did not cooperate were let off without so much as a questioning. What is going on here?
Reading Time: 6 minutes Almost universally overlooked congressional testimony from then-FBI director Robert Mueller directly contradicts a deliberately-propagated misconception: that the Boston Marathon bombers were unknown to the US government until the Russians issued a vague warning that was dismissed as inconsequential. This revelation calls into question the precise nature of the FBI’s relationship with the bombers—before they became bombers.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Viskhan Vakhabov received a phone call from the Tsarnaev brothers—one of whom is now dead, the other just sentenced to death—in a crucial moment in the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Why did the government fail to speak with him about his involvement?
Reading Time: 1 minute In this post-trial discussion with radio host Peter B. Collins, WhoWhatWhy Editor in Chief Russ Baker discusses the amazing and consequential elements of this terror mystery that never got aired in court.
Reading Time: 4 minutes In allowing FBI interview reports to be read in court in lieu of witness testimony, US District Court Judge George O’Toole inadvertently highlighted an insidious tactic used by the FBI to manipulate witness statements. Anyone who gets a knock at the door from an FBI agent would be well advised to invite an attorney over before opening the door—or your mouth.