Thursday links (5/22/14)

The prosecutors for the Boston Marathon bombing case now say the bombs were so "sophisticated" that they "would have been difficult for the Tsarnaevs to fabricate successfully without training or assistance from others." The City of Oakland is looking into the pension of the FBI agent who killed Ibragim Todashev. Aaron McFarlane retired from the Oakland police and has been collecting a disability pension from Oakland despite now working for the FBI.

Why Somerville's mayor was smart to reject the federal "Secure Communities" deportation program.

The FBI has finally decided to start audio/video-recording interrogations of suspects, however, the policy only applies to interrogations conducted after a suspect has been formally arrested. The new policy also applies to the DEA, ATF, and US Marshals.

Newly released NSA memo says that the NSA plays a "critical supporting role... in key DEA operations."