Monthly Archives: August 2012

The FBI’s Connolly is Doing 40 Years in Prison for Following Orders

I’ve been running on about the case in Florida where John Connolly was convicted of murder by gun of John Callahan, but I don’t think I’ve ever given the facts about that case so you can decide for yourselves what his criminal liability is and what would be a fair punishment.   A Florida state jury heard just about the same evidence as jury in Boston heard.  The Boston jury acquitted him of obstruction of justice in Callahan’s death.

John Callahan was a Bain-type businessman who had a penchant for hanging around with hoodlums.  He was the president of World Jai Alai in Miami.  Jai Alai is a game where men use basket-like gloves to whip a small ball at speeds of 200 to 300 mph against walls trying to earn points.  (Google gives you a good description)  People bet fairly substantial sums on the outcome of games.  Working for John Callahan was Paul Rico a retired FBI agent who had and deserved a bad reputation for being somewhat crooked.

Blame the Nuns at Saint Agatha’s in Milton for The Many Murders of Martorano

Martorano inundates us with his stories of how he murdered twenty people.  Like all thugs, he justifies all his killings.  You see he was mostly killing and testifying against rats.  Martorano tells us he did this because he learned from the nuns at St. Agatha’s school in Milton that the worst person in the bible is Judas Iscariot “who sold out his Savior for forty pieces of silver.”  So as Martorano figured it “it was his obligation, dammit” to kill these people and testify against them.

He suggests the nuns at St. Agatha would have understood.   Most if not all of those nuns have now passed on.  Knowing Martorano he would have tried to make a deal with the feds to give them up as accessory before the fact to murder.  After all Connolly was prosecuted for putting the suggestion in Whitey’s ear that Callahan would not stand up to FBI questioning and when Callahan was murdered Connolly was convicted of murdering him; it follows that the nuns put the bug in Martorano’s ear that rats killed his Savior so whenever Martorano killed a rat they stood a chance of being convicted of one or more the Martorano’s many murders.

Trying To Figure Out Why The FBI Picked State Trooper Naimovich As A Target

As you’ll read in my book “Don’t Embarrass The Family” I attended the trial of John Connolly because I never could figure out why the feds indicted John Naimovich the Massachusetts State Trooper.  I thought as part of the trial they’d be a discussion of that case.  It never happened.

The reason for this is that the trial was strange in one respect, neither side wanted to get into much of what went on in the FBI.  It seemed the government strategy was to pretend that only Connolly was to blame for the existence of Whitey and Stevie and limit its case to things surrounding those individuals.  In defending himself, Connolly didn’t want to open up the bag of worms by painting the FBI in a bad light fearing that if he made the Bureau look bad he would make himself look bad.

I found the trial interesting for a thousand other reasons but I never got out of it what I was looking for, the reason behind picking out Naimovich to be indicted.  I had a sense that he was targeted but as I’ve said I had this gut feeling from working with him, which eventually proved right, that he had done nothing wrong.  The more I learned about his case the more I could see that a decision was made to go after Naimovich prior to the time the federal government had any evidence of wrongdoing on his part.

Congressman Lynch’s Lack of Enthusiasm in Holding the FBI Accountable

FBI Agent John Connolly is well on the way to spending the rest of his life in jail.   Connolly as we all know was the handler of Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi.  When this became known to the public, a general uproar occurred over the idea that these two top gangsters could be FBI informants.  Everyone in the FBI from the top to the bottom,  from the Director to the file clerks in the Boston office, knew Whitey was an informant.  When the public demanded an answer for what appeared to be a horrendous decision of protecting two men engaged in many murders and unable to deny that it happened, the FBI went into overdrive to protect itself.  It threw Connolly to the  angry mob, in effect saying Connolly had become a rouge agent.  The FBI vowed that this would never happen again.  The FBI hoped that Connolly would be forgotten and that the public would forget it had made this huge error and it could return to business as usual, using top criminals as informants and protecting them.

Whitey Bulger Will Testify To Redeem His Family’s Name

James “Whitey”  Bulger has been in prison for a little more than a year.  He was locked up at age 81 and within a month he’ll have his 83rd birthday.  He’s smart enough to know that there is no way that he’ll ever get out of prison unless he escapes.  (Wouldn’t that be a great career ending move?)

If he bests the government in his 19-murder trial in Boston, a very dubious prospect, he’s off to the hell hole prisons of Oklahoma and Florida to face murder charges in those death penalty states.  If he beats those, which is unlikely seeing the result in the case of FBI agent John Connolly, he’ll be in his late 80s.  Then he’ll face the rock solid gun charges out in California or some other charges that will insure he’ll never shed his orange jump suit.

His decision now has to be how he fills his final few years given the limited control he has over his life.  Within the context of things he controls, the big one is whether to go to trial in Boston.  If he does, then he must decide whether to testify on his own behalf.

The FBI Hierarchy Knew and Approved FBI Agent Connolly’s Action With Whitey Bulger

It follows from the theme of the last two days dealing with former agent John Connolly that we should discuss the book of an ASAC who was his boss from 1981 through 1986, Robert Fitzpatrick, who wrote Betrayal.  I’ve written about it previously suggesting Fitzpatrick on occasion has the same relationship with the truth as Bram Stoker’s Dracula had with the wreath of garlic around Lucy’s neck.  Speaking of Dracula, when Fitzpatrick  tells of his meeting with Billy Bulger you’d think he was describing a meeting with a vampire and his escape from his office unharmed a miracle of the first order.

Fitzpatrick tells how much he loved the Bureau but how his love was unrequited.  It reduced him in rank and eventually made him drum himself out.  The reason he gives seems less than candid judged by the severity of the FBI action against him.  Shortly after he left as an angry ex-agent, Fitzpatrick admitted in his book that he gained his revenge on the FBI by publicly disclosing to the Boston Globe that Whitey was an informant.  When he wrote of others doing this in his book he said that revealing an informant’s name  is “an unethical, if not illegal, breech of policy”.

The FBI Should Not Let Whitey Bulger’s Handler John Connolly Die In Prison

The Marines teach that you don’t leave your fellow Marines behind on the battlefield, whether wounded or dead.  Sometimes in doing that you may suffer other casualties but it is a risk you take because you know one of the stricken would take it for you.  It is always comforting knowing that your buddies will never abandon you whether dead or alive.  I can’t speak for the other groups in our armed forces but I’m sure that is the attitude of all who have to go into combat.

It seems a little bit different in our non combat agencies.  I can only tell you that from my observation the code of the FBI when one of its agents is exposed is something like “cut and run” or as we used to say as kids in some of our games — “every man for himself”.   It’s not too comforting to know that no one has your back, especially those in the command structure.

I’ve said Connolly should have gone to prison but I don’t think he should have to die in prison as now seems to be the case.  He should have gone to prison for what he did after he retired from the FBI, for the things the Boston jury convicted him of, even though I don’t believe the jury got it right on some of those things.

Whitey’s Bulger’s Handler FBI Agent John Connolly Was Properly Convicted in Boston But Should Not Still Be In Jail

There are some people who think former FBI John Connolly got a raw deal.  You won’t find many of them in the media.  I’ve suggested much of Connolly’s problem is due to him not speaking up when he should have done so.  I’m told if he did he would have somehow gotten buried by the prosecution team.  Well, it seems he could not be worse than he is now if he had gone down fighting in the ring rather than shouting from outside the ropes as he has done, continually maintaining he did nothing wrong — that his job was to give protection to top echelon informants who everyone on his job knew were murderers.

I’ve also suggested is those who want to correct the injustice they believe Connolly has suffered would be much better off if they painted with a much narrower brush.  What I mean by that is they should stop complaining about what happened in the trial in Boston.  They find fault with Judge Joseph Tauro, the prosecution team, the prosecutor behind the unraveling of Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi’s  criminal enterprise, Fred Wyshak, the deals the government made with the gangsters to to get them to testify, and even the jury itself.