Uh huh

The FBI found agents “faultless” in 150 shootings. I’ll bet they’re brave and handsome, too!

WASHINGTON — After contradictory stories emerged about an F.B.I. agent’s killing last month of a Chechen man in Orlando, Fla., who was being questioned over ties to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the bureau reassured the public that it would clear up the murky episode.

“The F.B.I. takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents, and as such we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally,” a bureau spokesman said.

But if such internal investigations are time-tested, their outcomes are also predictable: from 1993 to early 2011, F.B.I. agents fatally shot about 70 “subjects” and wounded about 80 others — and every one of those episodes was deemed justified, according to interviews and internal F.B.I. records obtained by The New York Times through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

The last two years have followed the same pattern: an F.B.I. spokesman said that since 2011, there had been no findings of improper intentional shootings.

In most of the shootings, the F.B.I.’s internal investigation was the only official inquiry. In the Orlando case, for example, there have been conflicting accounts about basic facts like whether the Chechen man, Ibragim Todashev, attacked an agent with a knife, was unarmed or was brandishing a metal pole. But Orlando homicide detectives are not independently investigating what happened.

Basic rule of thumb: Don’t let the accused organization investigate itself.

2 thoughts on “Uh huh

  1. Obama told Holder to investigate himself. But now that Obama’s base has abandoned him (he has seen a 17 point drop in his support among those aged 20-30 since the NSA story broke) eastern establishment Republicans have been forced to come to his defense. People like Bill Clinton and Chris Christie. Even his pal Dick Durbin, who is no liberal, knows the jig is up and is begining to sound like a Democrat. You don’t suppose that given his current dire situation Obama is investigating himself do you?

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