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OK, FBI, Just How Did Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Get That Shot In The Mouth?

Hey there, Boston branch of the FBI, sooner or later you are going to have to tell us why you sent agents to Orlando, Florida to “question” Ibragim Todashev, who then had to put seven bullets in him even though he could hardly walk after a knee injury. And don’t say you went there because you thought he was involved in that 2011 triple murder in Waltham: you will have known from that NSA “telephony metadata” that he was far from Massachusetts at the time (one hears he was in Florida, or one hears Georgia, but either will do).

And while you’re at it, Boston FBI, you might as well come clean about that bullet that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attending physician at the hospital where you and the Boston Police took him said “appears to have entered through the left side inside of his mouth and exited the left face,” and was “high-powered” enough to fracture his skull, and damage his inner ear, pharynx and part of the C1 vertebra.

And please retract the answer your mouthpiece inside CBS News John Miller gave, that Tsarnaev attempted suicide before he was captured in that boat. My colleague Woody Box has analyzed that possibility, among others, here (as have I and the commenters on the thread here), and it is highly unlikely. Among other problems, unfortunately for you and Ms. Ortiz (as she said at the time), certain pictures have been released showing Tsarnaev getting out of that boat and while they show some blood they don’t depict a facial injury that severe, nor does it seem possible that he would have been able to climb out of the boat on his own when that badly injured.

It is very hard to avoid the conclusion that that injury occurred after you and your local colleagues had him in custody. So how about it, Boston FBI, what really happened?

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