Reni posted this photo of Ibragim today. It’s low quality but I don’t have the software to make it better on this computer :(

Today, Hassan Shibly of CAIR Florida said that he met and talked with a reporter outside the home where Ibragim Todashev was shot and killed while unarmed by an FBI agent after hours of interrogation. When asked about the ongoing investigation he said “Yes…stay tuned.” There may be updates coming soon.

We hope. 

Continue Fighting...

Since this whole movement started, so many of us have come together to fight for the truth. Whether it made us hated or loved we were all here for the same reason, seeking justice for Jahar but, lately no one can seem to get along. I may not know the reasons why but, I do know a pretty good reason why we should put all of that behind us. There’s a kid a 19 year old kid sitting in solitary confinement probably wondering if he’ll ever see his family again. If he’ll ever feel the sun on his skin, the comfort and joy of having his friends around. If he’ll ever have a family of his own one day, and yet some of you make a mockery out this and argue about petty little things that shouldn’t even matter. Right about now this kid needs our help more than ever so don’t just give up so easily. Yes I know there are haters out there who are doing everything they possibly can to make you feel like crap but who cares about them!!! We shouldn’t  be focusing our energy on people who don’t matter to us. If they aren’t going to help you put up flyers, spread the word, or simply support you in what you are doing then they should be the least of your worries. Hit the block button and get back to what really matters. All this fighting and deactivating over fights is just hurting someone who deserves justice right along with the victims. I mean seriously we’ve come all this way together and been through so much name calling and threats and harassment that we can’t just give up now. Now if you still want to to leave because you think it’s a joke then by all means go, you’re always welcome to come back whenever but don’t leave because of petty things. You’re just proving to all the haters that we were too weak to make a change for the better. Don’t prove them right.

P.s. Sorry for this small rant but, too many people are starting to give up and I can’t stand to see so many people throw so much hard work away. 

Judge orders FBI & Ortiz to turn over documents on JTT

**You know whatever they release is gonna be redacted like a son of a bitch**

A U.S. District judge has ordered the FBI to turn over documents about the state’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces.

Judge Allison D. Burroughs ruled in favor of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union on most counts in their suit against the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Carmen Ortiz, for failing for comply with Freedom of Information Act requests.

The FOIA request was filed in the wake of the 2013 fatal shooting of Ibragim Todashev, 27, in his Florida apartment by an FBI agent who was part of a federal task force that included Massachusetts state troopers. At the time, Todashev was being interviewed about a 2011 triple murder in Waltham and his relationship to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers who died in a shootout with police in 2013.

Ortiz’s office will also have to comply with the FOIA request and conduct a search of her office for relevant material.

Joint Terrorism Task Forces are comprised of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

The information is “desperately needed to ensure that the public can hold law enforcement accountable,” said Jessie Rossman, a staff attorney for the state ACLU. “The public has the right to know how their tax dollars are being spent.”

“By and large there has been a cone of silence in talking about the JTTF,” she said.

In the initial FOIA request filed in December 2013, the ACLU sought information about the number of terrorism investigations and open cases in Massachusetts and how those investigations were structured. The nonprofit group also wanted details on the task force’s staffing, budget, and overtime. In addition, it demanded “information about how the Massachusetts JTTF functions, how its authority is divided and shared, what safeguards are in place to ensure the civil liberties of those whom it targets, and the number and type of investigations conducted out of Massachusetts.”

The FBI had previously released some of that information to the ACLU, but left much of the documents redacted. Ortiz’s office previously declined to conduct a search, arguing that the request would be repetitive since her office owns the same documents as the FBI.

Burroughs ruled that the FBI and Ortiz’s office will not have to release information about what kind of cases were open at the time of their complaint in 2014, just the quantity.

The ACLU has also requested information from the FBI and Ortiz’s office about the shooting of Todashev. That part lawsuit has been placed on a different schedule and a decision is still pending.

The FBI and Ortiz’s office declined to comment for this story.

This is Jeff Ashton’s (Florida State Attorney) email address: jashton@sao9.org 

Take a few minutes out of your day to send him an E-mail inquiring about Ibragim’s investigation. It is important that he knows that people have not simply forgotten about this but we are still waiting for answers. It doesn’t have to be wordy or elaborate, simply ask him where the investigation is and when answers can be expected. It has been months and Ibragim’s family has not heard a thing.

MATT CONNOLLY: Five months and still no answers on Todashev

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It was five months ago today that at least five and upwards of eight to ten law enforcement officers crowded into the Orlando apartment of Ibragim Todashev who was scheduled to leave the country the next day to return to his homeland to question him about his relationship with Tamerlan Tsarnaev and also about the triple homicide that occurred in the Waltham apartment of Brendan Mess. We know that was part of the discussion because of the presence of Massachusetts State troopers. Also present were a certain number of local Florida police.