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glass steagall, we're going to get out there. i have a good fighting partner in john mccain. >> senator elizabeth warren. thank you so much. that's "all in" for this evening. the "rachel maddow show" starts right now. thanks to you at home for staying with us the next hour. right now as we speak the florida governor's office looks like this. somewhere north of 100 protesters have taken over the statehouse office of florida governor rick scott. it is peaceful, there have been no arrests. clearly there has been singing. but this does not look like it is ending any time soon. this started early this afternoon when protesters gathered on the steps here of the state capitol building in florida. and then they decided that they were going to march to the governor's office directly saying they want to meet with florida governor rick scott. they will not leave his office, they say, until they do meet with him. that means that at least they are planning on occupying rick
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scott's office overnight tonight. right now, law enforcement, thus far, saying that as long as the group does not interfere with state business, the group will not be asked to leave. the director of the capitol police saying, "we will close these doors into the governor's suite and they, the protesters, will be allowed to remain here." photos of this protest today at the governor's office were posted on social media by some of the protesters, themselves. also by reporters from florida news outlets that cover the state capitol and are not use to covering anything nearly this exciting. unless something changes overnight, this is the office scene that will greet governor rick scott when he finally gets back to work. governor scott is apparently out of town at the moment on a trip to new york. even while he is away, he has already responded in writing to the group's demands. the protesters say they want governor scott to call a special legislative session in florida to pass what they're calling the trayvon martin civil rights act which would include a repeal of the state's stand your ground
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law. rick scott today in a written statement, already, said no. the governor's communications director e-mailed to the "today" show this statement. "immediately following trayvon martin's death, governor scott called a bipartisan special task force with 19 citizens to review florida's stand your ground law. the task force recommended that the law should not be overturned and governor scott agrees." do you remember that task force, actually? the chair who rick scott put in charge of that task force was his lieutenant governor. his lieutenant governor who has since been forced to resign in a corruption scandal over internet gambling and scamming veterans charities. but anyway, that task force, under her leadership, made the decision to leave stand your ground in place in florida and rick scott says, at least as of this afternoon, he is sticking to that decision. that, however, does not mean that the issue is going away. yesterday in gainesville, florida, another young group of protesters took over the local office of the department of justice making the same demand. >> stand your ground!
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>> change the law! >> stand your ground! >> change the law! >> they marched from bo diddley plaza right into the federal building in gainesville and from there marched up three flights of stairs to the u.s. attorney's office to make their case. no arrests. a peaceful takeover. a peaceful but very vocal, very determined demonstration. florida democratic legislators are now echoing the demands of these protesters saying that stand your ground should be reconsidered in florida. one legislator who is an african-american man is telling the press now that he says even he personally, now, feels afraid to go running in sweat pants and a hoodie the way he used to because of this case. again, though, as of late this afternoon, rick scott is already saying no to that demand. him saying no does not necessarily mean the pressure is going to ebb in florida, and indeed, this afternoon, the pressure stepped up
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dramatically. late in the day. when attorney general eric holder gave the keynote speech at the naacp convention which convened this week in orlando, florida. in a surprise move in his speech today, the attorney general springboarded beyond the specifics of this case and the tragedy of trayvon martin's death to make a blunt, broadside attack on florida. on the laws of the state of florida. specifically on the stand your ground law. the law that says essentially if you feel afraid, you can kill the person who made you feel that way. i should note, though, beyond his very pointed attack on that policy issue, though, the attorney general also spoke in terms that were very personal and for him, especially, i think pretty emotional. >> years ago, some of these same issues drove my father to sit down with me, to have a conversation, which is no doubt familiar to many of you, about how as a young black man i should interact with the police. what to say. and how to conduct myself if i
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was ever stopped or confronted in a way that i thought was unwarranted. now, i'm sure my father felt certain at that time that my parents' generation would be the last that had to worry about such things for their children. the news of trayvon martin's death last year, and the discussions that have taken place since then, reminded me of my father's words so many years ago. and they brought me back to a number of experiences that i had as a young man when i was pulled over twice and my car searched on the new jersey turnpike when i'm sure i wasn't speeding. or when i was stopped by a police officer while simply running to catch a movie at night in georgetown in washington, d.c. i was at the time of that last incident a federal prosecutor. trayvon's death last spring caused me to sit down to have a conversation with my own
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15-year-old son. like my dad did with me. this was a father/son tradition i hoped would not need to be handed down, but as a father who loves his son and who is more knowing in the ways of the world, i had to do this to protect my boy. >> attorney general eric holder speaking today at the naacp convention in orlando, florida. what happens next here? the governor's office in florida is right this second, and looks to be overnight, occupied with a sit-in. it's happening now. it's expected to last overnight and into tomorrow. protesters demanding to see the governor, saying they will not leave the office until they do get to see the governor. saying that what they want is for florida's stand your ground law to be taken off the books. this weekend, there will be more pressure and it will be nationwide pressure. civil rights activists including
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the national action networks and msnbc's own reverend al sharpton announcing today that they expect vigils in more than 100 cities this weekend including at federal buildings. vigils demanding that eric holder's justice department bring federal charges in this case now that there has been an acquittal at the state level. if there were federal charge, those would likely be hate crime charges. it was hard to figure out how likely it might be that the justice department would try to bring that. meanwhile, today, the attorney general today bluntly and without euphemism going right after the state of florida saying its laws contribute to more violence than they prevent. listen to how the attorney general made his case. listen to that. >> it's time to question with laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sew dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods. these laws try to fix something
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that was never broken. there has always been a legal defense for using deadly force if, and the if is important, if no safe retreat is available. but we must examine laws that take this further by eliminating the common sense and age-old requirement that people who feel threatened have a duty to retreat outside their home if they can do so safely. by allowing and, perhaps, encouraging violent situations to escalate in public, such laws undermine public safety. the list of resulting tragedies is long, and unfortunately, has victimized too many who are innocent. it is our collective obligation. we must stand our ground to ensure -- [ applause ] to ensure that our laws reduce violence and take a hard look at laws that contribute to more violence than they prevent. >> joining us now is sam bagenstos, served in the justice department as the number two official in the civil rights division from 2009 to 2011. currently a law professor at the university of michigan.
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thank you very much for your time tonight. i appreciate you having here. >> thank you for having me. >> the attorney general came out very strongly today against the stand your ground law that exists in florida, and it exists in other states as well. in concrete terms, does the justice department have any role to play in terms of seeking changes to laws like that? >> well, i think the role that the justice department has is really the role that the attorney general engaged in today which is to use the bully pulpit, to try to continue the conversation that began with the trayvon martin shooting about whether these laws are a good idea. >> as a civil rights lawyer, somebody who practiced at very high levels in this field, can you explain to me how stand your ground laws legally mesh with civil rights concerns? i mean, with law enforcement, we track who get arrested, who gets
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convicted, how severe it is, the justice department is somehow skewed. is there a civil rights question about the way stand your ground is applied? >> i think there is definitely a civil rights question about how it's applied. there are some very instructive but early, nonetheless instructive work from the urban institute about the racial effects of stand your ground laws, and particularly the way that disproportionately it seems like based on what we know in white-on-black crime, you have a higher number of people being exonerated, essentially, because of stand your ground laws. so that's very concerning from the civil rights perspective. >> what about the attorney general's argument, today, that these were laws that were designed to solve a problem that didn't exist? that there was nothing wrong with the age-old consideration of self-defense as a defense to having killed somebody or hurt somebody? do you agree with him, and what do you think he meant by making that assertion?
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>> well, so it's always been the case that self-defense even before stand your ground law existed that a person can defend him or herself if there is a threat to life or serious bodily injury. and there's no reasonable opportunity to retreat with safety. what the stand your ground law does is says a person doesn't have to retreat, doesn't have to break off from a fight like that. even if there's an opportunity to do so safely. so it increases the chances that someone will use deadly force when it's not really necessary to do that. >> one of the unknowns, beyond whether or not florida might change its stand your ground law, other states might in response to the kind of pressure we saw from the attorney general, from these protesters today, pressure i think that's going to be ongoing. one of the other things we're waiting to find out is whether the justice department might get involved to prosecute george
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zimmerman under federal charges. likely that would be federal hate crimes law. how difficult do you think it would be to make that case? much of the commentary around that makes it sound like it would be almost impossible. >> well, i think it would be very difficult. so in order to prove a hate crime, the justice department would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that george zimmerman acted because of trayvon martin's race. and the problem with proving that beyond a reasonable doubt in a case like this is there were only two people who were there close enough to really hear what went on. one is dead and the other person doesn't have to testify. so proving what was on his mind is going to have very difficult. >> from your experience, at the justice department, should people understand the hate crimes law as being more symbolic value or political value than prosecutorial value? are cases brought under those statutes? >> a lot of cases are brought. it's actually a very significant and important statute. in the years from 2009 to 2012, the justice department got
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convictions of 141 defendants in hate crimes cases. these are hate crimes involving people targeted because of race as well as people targeted because of religion, sexual orientation, et cetera. it's very, very significant and important problem. >> sam bagenstos, former principal deputy assistant general for civil rights at the justice department. now at university of michigan law. thank you very much for your time tonight. >> thank you very much. >> thanks. at around 5:00 today, 5:00 eastern time, the news gods looked down on us, felt a twinge of pity and said, here, this is for you. that gift is next. thank you. lots of tablets... one pill. you decide. prevent acid with prevacid 24hr.
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a lot of the big amendments to the constitution, even if you don't remember all the details, at least they bring something to mind right away. first amendment, freedom of speech. second amendment, that's the guns one, right? fifth amendment, self-incrimination. you know, i take the fifth. but the 12th amendment, anyone? the 12th amendment is the dick cheney has to pretend he doesn't live in dallas amendment. seriously. the 12th amendment is a big, long amendment explaining how we vote for presidents and the electoral college. look at the first line. "the electors shall meet in their respected states and vote by ballot for president and vice president. one of whom shall not be the inhabitant of the same state with themselves." this it turns out is an awkward thing. this made even more awkward in already astoundingly awkward situation in the summer of the year 2000. the governor of texas at that time, george w. bush, was running for president. you will recall he outsourced the job of picking a vice
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presidential running mate to his father's former defense secretary, dick cheney. now, before being dick cheney defense secretary, dick cheney had been wyoming congressman dick cheney but hadn't lived in wyoming for years. he was running halliburton, the big oil field service company that he had turned into a giant defense contractor. and halliburton was headquartered in texas. and dick cheney and his family were living in texas. they were living in dallas. they'd been living there full time for years. and from his perch in dallas, where he lived, dick cheney took a long, hard look at all the possibilities he was given for who could be george w. bush's running mate. dick cheney after reviewing everybody decided the best man for the job was dick cheney. he picked himself. which is awkward in so many ways. but dick cheney don't care. he picked himself. that's what he's like. but that 12th amendment was going to be a problem, right? because george bush lived in texas, obviously. he was governor. and dick cheney also obviously lived in texas. he lived in dallas and ran halliburton from there that.
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means they're both texans. under the 12th amendment, when texas' electors would meet to cast the state's electoral votes for president and vice president, they would be barred by the 12th amendment of the constitution from casting those votes for both george bush and dick cheney. they could vote for one or the other of them but could not vote for both of them. if it turned out to be a close election in 2000, that might matter. how do deal with this problem? dick cheney decided to move. technically, at least. cheney lived in dallas while he was chairman of halliburton company until he changed his voting registration to teton county, wyoming. four days before becoming bush's running mate. cheney lived in dallas, but he changed his registration to wyoming four days before the announcement that he had picked himself to be bush's running mate. nice work. maybe people won't notice. last week, cheney put his dallas house up for sale for $3.1 million. he didn't even bother to put his dallas house on the market until election night was already over and the results were tied up in the bush v. gore mess.
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ultimately, dick cheney's house was bought by a republican party donor and everybody went on to forget about the cheney residency scandal. we instead absorbed the fact, regardless of how he got the job, dick cheney, true radicalism had been to the office of the presidency of the united states since debbs ran for president from prison and came in third. that was a different kind of radicalizism. that issue is coming running back. because today mini me cheney, today dick cheney's daughter, liz, his ideological clone. the daughter so close to him that she wrote her father's memoirs and no one thought it was word, liz cheney today announced that she, too, has made a convenient change of business address in order to pursue the family business of getting into positions of political power that no one ever wanted them to run for. >> by a federal government grown far beyond anything, the pioneers of our great state could ever have imagined.
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>> our, our great state, did you say? what state would that be? ah, the state of cheney. where who cares where you actually live. liz cheney today announcing that she will try to unseat republican senator mike enzi of wyoming even though she's never lived in wyoming. she's from d.c. you know, it worked for dad when he was in dallas. why not? there have been rumors for a while in wyoming that liz cheney might try to pull something like this off. the local paper in cody, wyoming, "the code by enterprise" editorialized that she seemed nice enough, they sure liked her dad, but it was ridiculous she would run for any office in wyoming. "liz cheney the former state department official and ongoing fox news commentator increasingly is looking like she plans to run for that seat even though mike enzi seeks re-election for the fourth term. if she does, it will be the end of her in wyoming politics."
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a california group this summer is promoting her gop candidacy, says the cody newspaper. that's going over with wyoming people like a lead balloon and only serves to remind folks that cheney is a wyomingite in address only. until last year she had never lived in the state." the paper continued "we don't like the term carpet bagger but has a place in politics for those who move here and promptly presume to represent us in high office. she's from d.c., lives here a few years and wants us to pay for her to move back to d.c. not going to happen." for his part, the republican senator who liz cheney says she is going to challenge for his job, he says that she had told him explicitly if he was going to run for re-election, she would not run against him. speaking to reporters today, wyoming senator mike enzi said, "obviously that was not correct." asked a follow-up question about his relationship with liz
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so in that trial, we have days like whitey bulger screaming "f" you at other gangsters on the witness stand and the gangsters are screaming it back at him with the federal marshals having to intervene physically between the witnesses and the defendant in the courtroom. people are confessing to their culpability for decades-old murders, apologizing to the victims' family members in front of them. people are weeping in the courtroom. on thursday of this week, the prosecution's key witness against whitey bulger is his former closest partner who is expected now to testify against him. he's a guy called the rifleman and he's going to take the stand. and, and at the same time, at the same courthouse, this past week, there was also another totally spell binding thing happening in that same courthouse. again, where there are no cameras, but there at least is a sketch artist. and where federal, state and local law enforcement put on a major display of military-style force to bring the surviving boston bombing suspect into the courtroom where he ultimately
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pled not guilty to 30 charges. including use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill. the charges could not get him the death penalty under massachusetts law, but they could very well get him the death penalty under federal law and he's being federally charged. while all that happens, though, there remain, as mysteries on the edges of this story, a gruesome horror movie of an unsolved triple murder and equally mysterious totally unexplained fbi killing, and these persist as mysteries on the edges of these other cases and frankly getting weirder and worse every day. it starts in waltham, massachusetts, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, september 11th, 2011. three young men, two of whom were athletes. one a martial arts fighter, one a personal trainer. big, fit, strong young guys. they ended up murdered in particularly gruesome fashion on a quiet dead end street. waltham. it is a suburb of boston.
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particularly in this place, it's a very strange thing to have happened. these are the three young men who died. they were found with their throat slit in three different rooms of a single apartment in this house. reportedly they were all found in the same position. their bodies all facing down. their heads all turned and tilted the same direction, to the exact same angle. their throats slit and their bodies strewn with drugs. there was marijuana all over them. one of the young men who was killed is reported to have been a smalltime pot dealer, but there were the three dead bodies covered in loose marijuana. there was also $5,000 in cash found in the apartment. it was left there. and the killers escaped. tamerlan tsarnaev, the older of the two tsarnaev brothers, named as a suspect in the boston bombings and later killed in an explosives and bullet-laden confrontation with police, this cold case waltham triple murder got back into the news because it turns out that tamerlan tsarnaev was friends with one of the men who was killed. they were about the same age.
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they worked out at the same gym. they were fighters and reportedly very close friends. is it possible there was more than just a coincidental connection between these two crimes? between the boston bombing and this unsolved triple murder? could tamerlan tsarnaev been the perpetrator of both of these crimes two years apart? those questions are why the waltham case ended up back in the news after the marathon bombing. after tamerlan tsarnaev was killed and the younger tsarnaev brother was taken into custody, fbi agents and massachusetts state police officers went to central florida to interview another friend of tamerlan tsarnaev. in relation to, well, we don't know. presumably in relation to the boston bombing investigation. right? presumably the investigation into the boston marathon bombing continues now even to look into whether or not the tsarnaev brothers are connected to anybody else in this country who should be seen as potentially culpable for that crime. so the questioning of this guy in orlando could have been about
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the boston bombing, but could it have also been about those waltham murders? does that explain why massachusetts state police officers were there along with those fbi agents in that apartment in orlando, florida, when the man who they were questioning ended up dead? ibragim todashev was 27 years old. no sources ever suggested he had any connection to the marathon bombing whatsoever other than the fact he had a personal friendship with tamerlan tsarnaev some years earlier when he lived in boston. but the fbi and apparently the massachusetts state police kept questioning him over and over and over again anyway. what were they questioning him about? and it was the fifth interview they had done with him when they were in his apartment on may 22nd. they were hours into the interview. there was nobody else there as far as we know besides mr. todashev and at least three law enforcement officers. they ended up killing him, ended up shooting him and killing him. we don't know officially how many times they shot him,
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although his family released photos supposedly taken of his body at the morgue which appears to show his body shot six times in the torso and once in the back of the head. why did they shoot this guy seven times? when you look at all the different anonymous law enforcement leaks about why they shot this guy, the list of things leaked to the press anonymously by law enforcement about why they had to shoot this guy seven times including a the back of the head, the list honestly is nonsense. he had a knife, say three law enforcement sources. oh, and then two of those sources say no, no, no, he did not have a knife. so the third one still says he has a knife? well, i don't know. nobody ever clarified that. somebody else, some other law enforcement sources say he had a blade, a blade that's different than a knife? no, wait a minute. another law enforcement source says, no, no, no, he did not have a blade. so it's no knife and no blade. did he have something else? oh, he had a pole. he had a pole or maybe it was a
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broom stick. no, no, he had a ceremonial sword. no, he did not have a ceremonial sword. well, there might have been a ceremonial sword somewhere but he didn't have it anywhere near him during the questioning. okay, then, why are we even talking about this sword then? maybe he pushed a table or maybe he threw a chair. are you guys sure now? is that why you shot him? you want to settle on one story here or stick to six or seven stories that can't all possibly be true? each of those turns in the story where the material fact of what this guy supposedly had is represented in a totally new and different way, when only law enforcement was in the room with him and nobody else can testify to it, each new turn in the story is reported as the thing this kid definitely had in his hand or did to provoke getting shot seven times. all of these conflicting stories cannot all be true. the only thing they have in common is that they all excuse the killing by law enforcement. in about seven different inconsistent ways that cannot all possibly co-exist. no other authorities are investigating this shooting.
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there's no local florida police investigation of this shooting. the fbi is looking into itself on this one. charlie savidge reporting in "the new york times" last month the internal shooting review process that the fbi is conducting about itself and its behavior here is a process that over the last 20 years has reviewed more than 150 shootings and in zero of those 150 cases had the internal review process found that the fbi did anything wrong. we're supposed to believe that this time, this internal review process means that we'll all get the straight story soon. just be patient. florida authorities say they're waiting for the fbi's review of itself to cough up its fore gone conclusion, i mean its conclusion. the fbi says they're making no public comments about the case until they finish this very important internal review. they're also forbidding any other officials from releasing any other agency's information about this case. florida medical examiner's office saying today the fbi is blocking them from releasing todashev's autopsy report though the medical examiner says the report is ready for release. in terms of any other kind of oversight, well there's
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congress, the fbi has now written a letter to the house homeland security committee telling the committee that the fbi, "will not be responding to all of the committee's requests for information." see, ongoing investigations. you know how it is. so even congress, now, we're not telling you. now, though, even things are getting even weirder than they have been. and in some ways they're getting worse. "boston globe" reporting that after killing ibragim todashev, federal authorities have arrested his roommate from that florida apartment where he was killed. they have put her in jail on immigration violations. she will reportedly stay in jail until she is deported back to russia. the "boston globe" describing her as a potential witness to the murder of ibragim todashev, one of the witnesses who's not an fbi agent or other official. the "globe" noting the immigration court which makes the decision about deporting her and the fbi which killed her roommate that she might have been a witness to, both the court and fbi fall under the
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purview of the department of justice which could be a conflict of interest. no? the plan is this potential witness will remain in jail until she's deported when she's deported she'll be brought to the airport by law enforcement authorities. in other words, if you want to talk to her about what she may have witnessed, good luck with that. try tracking her down in russia. she conceivably is the only witness. meanwhile, anonymous law enforcement forces have not only tried to continue to try the killing of todashev through media leaks, but that killing in waltham, massachusetts, that it's solved. last week "the new york times" front paged a really weird story about this whole mess. it was a weird story because of the way they reported it. ever since ibragim todashev was killed, ever since they killed him, law enforcement officials have also been leaking to the media that ibragim todashev was a villain, that he basically confessed he and tamerlan tsarnaev who conveniently is
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also dead, they were the ones who committed that gruesome murder in waltham in 2011. and last week, "the new york times'" story on the front page bought that anonymously sourced theory and in fact reported it as if the paper had checked it out and knew it to be true somehow. "the new york times" writing igrahim todashev definitely did implicate himself and tamerlan tsarnaev in the waltham murders. "an fbi agent investigating the bombings interviewed mr. todashev and about tsarnaev in orlando, florida, apartment in may and he began to provide information about the waltham case." it has left some close to the victims skeptical about the official account of what happened. why would they be skeptical? we're being told he definitely confessed, right? one point they said he had a knife, too. and then they said he didn't. the fbi has never released any
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proof publicly that there was any confession prior to the todashev killing. now "the new york times" says, hey, surprise, that grisly case has been solved in which case, big news, front page, and a weird form of justice for those three guys who were killed in waltham who are having implied to their loved ones mourning their loss, implied to them through leaks that are not part of a trial, that their three loved ones were conveniently killed by a couple of dead guys and so case closed. really? james comey went through his confirmation hearings process to be the new director of the fbi. there were zero questions for him throughout the process about who shot igrahim todashev and who has been leaking and continues to leak these self-contradictory but self-exculpatory lies about him thus far that we're still being told to believe. this is a farce. i don't know why this isn't a bigger national story, but this
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investigators with bags of evidence removing them from a waltham, massachusetts, apartment which is now a crime scene. three men were found stabbed to
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death inside the second floor unit monday afternoon. >> it does look like the assailants and the decedents did know each other. we have no evidence of a break in the apartment, and we have other that the decedents and the assailants were known to each other. >> 24 hours later state and local police were looking for clues and a motive. all the victims were reportedly covered in blood and marijuana. their names have still not been released. >> we now know the names of the three young men who were killed that day. in the nearly two years since they were killed, we're no closer to know who killed brendan mess, erik weissman, and raphael teken. or why. the only new news we do have is in the form of anonymous law enforcement leaks to the media that say the killers are two men who are now also dead. one of them, the elder boston bombing suspect, tamerlan tsarnaev, and the other, a man named ibragim todashev who was killed by the fbi in florida last month in circumstances no one will explain on the record. joining us now is susan zalkind, a close friend one of the
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waltham victims. she is also a freelance journalist who's been doing her own investigation of this story. susan, thank you so much for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> you have said you think local authorities did not do right by this investigation in waltham. you highlighted the fact, for example, they didn't essentially set up a tip line and call for public information. why do you think that's important? >> well, when the murders happened, everyone was scared. we were scared and people didn't know where to turn to give information if they had it. they didn't know if they had any information if it was useful, and they were incredibly emotional. they needed -- investigators needed to reach out a hand and let them know that they were there and they were going to be taking in more information on this case. >> am i right that it seems like when people who are close to any of these young men who are
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killed, or in waltham, were in any way connected to the killing or where it happened, i've seen it repeatedly asserted that police just didn't talk to everybody who was close to these young men. >> that's correct, rachel. i actually talked to someone who was spoken to by waltham detectives. none of weismann's friends i've been able to reach out to have been approached by state police. but i spoke to someone who spoke to erik on the evening of september 11th, 2011, who actually provided the name of one of erik's best friends just because it might be a useful person to talk to if they're looking for information leading up to the murder. and that person was never contacted and eventually confirmed from a police source that detectives did, in fact, have that name available to them and they weren't interested in -- they weren't curious. they weren't looking at the details. >> when this happened, though, i mean, boston's a big city and big, horrible crimes happen in big cities everywhere. this triple murder in waltham,
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it was an out of character, out of keeping huge news story, wasn't it? >> it was really weird. i was actually working as a news writer at a tv station at the time. and i was looking at this murder case before my friend was a victim because it was so bizarre. i had done some freelance writing for waltheim publication and it was weird. >> it was weird, described as a drug-related crime at the time. >> the drugs were related, found on their body at the time. so drugs were related to their murder. i had talked to my colleagues at the time, who said yes, there is a possibility that this potentially was a -- >> a drug robbery sort of gone wrong? >> it also -- it was clear to me that there was a strong potential that investigators' handling of this case should have looked into that there was other factors involved. the murders were too weird. and too gruesome. and there was no forced entry.
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and there was a lot of other factors that just showed me that this was a possibility and that someone handling this case should have been looking into that possibility. >> with the -- in the -- the reason that this story came back to national attention was because of the connection to tsarnaev and the boston bombings. since ibrahim todashev was killed it has been sewed up in the press. the national press has been sold the story that ibrahim todashev confessed. it was him and tamerlan tsarnaev. i am critical of the way the pressed picked it up, because they bought this hook, line and sinker from the press who sold things in the case that haven't turned out to be true. just wondered your reaction, how it was sold in the press. >> i have nothing but questions in so far as this case goes and all the factors relating to this case goes.
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the wealth and prosperity of america. >> today, president obama did multiple interviews with the spanish media outlets, mostly focusing on immigration reform. and the white house is being very overt about the strategy here, yes, they say they want legislation to pass, but should the immigration reform fail, it seems possible on what is going on with the house, but if it fails the white house wants everyone to know that president obama did everything possible to try to get it passed. but while the president made his case to the spanish language news media today, it should also be noted that the spanish news media itself has been piling on the republicans, and piling on john boehner in particular for being against the immigration bill. take jorge ramos, the very prominent news anchor from "univision." he said like it or not, approving or rejecting the immigration reform is in the hands of john boehner, most of us are concentrated on john boehner, we don't even have a problem pronouncing his name. the question is who is
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well, yesterday on capitol hill there was an anti-immigration reform rally, texas senator ted cruz, alabama senator jeff sessions, iowa congressman, steve king, a reporter from "nation" magazine was there, standing directly in front of senator session as he was walking through the crowd shaking hands when this happened on stage at the rally. >> from those incredible bloodlines, thomas jefferson, and george washington, and john smith, and all of these great americans, martin luther king jr., these great americans that built this country, you came from them. and the unique thing from being from that part of the world, when you learn about it, you can't breed secretariat to a donkey and expect to win the kentucky derby. you guys have incredible dna, and don't forget it. >> see, america, we can't have
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