John Kennedy Toole would have loved to have sat in the B.C law school audience at the recent gathering of the so-called experts’ panel consisting of those who were supposed to know about what Dave Boeri, one of the panelists, called the Whitey saga. He would have marveled at how these men knew so little about the subject in which they were supposed to know so much.
The panel consisted of good men all, from left to right, J.W. Carney, one of Boston’s most skilled defense attorney; Brian Kelly a federal prosecutor for a quarter century and the architect of the dismantling and prosecution of Whitey’s gang of bandits; Dave Boeri a reporter who has the best insight into the saga of all media denizens who did best not to get swallowed up by the many biases of most Boston reporters; Bob Bloom, a B.C. law professor who has a thorough well-grounded insight into criminal matters having even once done a little prosecution; and the director of the movie Whitey, Joe Berlinger, who dipped his foot into this area, empathized with the families of the victims, and tried to figure out what was happening which he is still trying to do. His fellow panelists blinded by biases did little to help him out. The moderator of the group was CNN big wig John King a product of the streets of Dorchester.
How then are these men who have achieved brilliance and fame in their professions when gathered together to speak about the Whitey saga rightly deemed dunces. It is because they avoided talking about the big picture that envelopes all of it. It is like telling the history of the universe without starting with the big bang. I’m not sure why they all avoid this. For some it seemed to run up against their main thesis, others perhaps just don’t understand its impact, or perhaps one or two have no knowledge of it. Whatever the reason the presentation did a disservice to those students, the aspiring lawyers, in their audience who sought to learn something about it.
I’ve been writing about the big picture over the past several days in various forms. It is the FBI’s Top Echelon informant (TEI) program. I suggest that without discussing that there can be no understanding about how the Whitey saga came about; recognizing it and the sinister implications of it then an intelligent understanding can be developed. The question with respect to the TEI program that I’ve asked over and over is what could the FBI special agents assigned to deal with TEIs promise them in return for their cooperation. John Connolly who probably had more TEIs than any other FBI agent said it was protection. Another FBI agent in 2011 told his TEI it was to keep him safe which seems about the same thing.
The TEI program is an officially sanctioned government program that was operated by the FBI. The main target of the program was the Mafia a group that J. Edgar Hoover believed was as dangerous to America as the Communist movement. He instructed his agents to work as hard against it as it did against the Communists. Those agents operating within the TEI program and their fellow agents accepted the direction of the FBI director and moved out against the Mafia.
The FBI was able to bring it to heel the Mafia in the same manner that the prior generation of FBI agents were able to beat back the Communist menace. Today the Mafia is a shadow of itself. Like the Communists it no longer threatens America. For that much thanks has to go to the FBI.