Major Questions Remain Unanswered in Boston Killing of Alleged ISIS Beheading Plotter
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of The Intercept
Posted: June 15th, 2015
Last week in the Boston area, a 26-year-old black Muslim man was shot and killed by agents of the FBI and Boston Police Department. A surveillance video ... was finally released on Monday. Its virtually impossible to know what happened from this highly touted video, other than the fact that [Usaamah] Rahim appears to have been walking peacefully when he was approached by multiple individuals, wearing no police uniforms, in a threatening, military-style formation. Rahims family issued a statement detailing the numerous questions raised by the video. Early reports claimed that there was a third conspirator beyond Rahim and [his nephew and accused co-conspirator David] Wright. The FBI affidavit filed against Wright repeatedly references a third person who plotted with Rahim and Wright and met with them. Yet there has been no further mention of this third person, and apparently no arrest of him. Why not? Is that third person an FBI informant? Is this yet another case where the director and prime mover of a scary terror plot is in fact the FBI itself. What basis exists for the highly inflammatory claim that Rahim was linked to or inspired by ISIS? He was not only wary of being set up by the FBI, but specifically said he was preaching AGAINST violence and terrorism. As AP noted, on social media Rahim spoke out against the kind of violence Islamic State extremists are fomenting across the Middle East, and made none of the violent calls to arms many supporters of armed extremist groups espouse on social media.