FBI files are treacherous and libelous of individuals. They depend on the integrity of the writer who works in a system that values rumor. There is no check on what the author of an FBI 302 or 209. He puts down what he want and it will sit there for years unchallenged. An example of this came up during the period when the FBI was questioning the value of keeping Whitey Bulger as a top echelon informant (TEI): The Special Agent in Charge (SAC) wrote that AUSA O’Sullivan urged him to do so. O’Sullivan years later would deny doing any such thing. In the normal course of things the decision on whether to keep a TEI is strictly an FBI one. The Bureau never reaches out to an AUSA for input. But the SAC needed to cover his butt in making the decision to keep Whitey so he put it on someone else. No one ever checked with that someone else, in this case O’Sullivan, to see if that was true. Many years later when O’Sullivan the head of the Federal Strike Force in Boston learned about it he was furious. He said he feared the FBI ;and one reason was situations like this where they can create a make believe world to protect itself.
Another example of this was when the Massachusetts State police were trying to find out why an electronic investigation against Whitey had been compromised. Talk was about that they were going to ask for a grand jury to investigate it. The attorney general at the time was Bellotti. The investigation had been compromised because the FBI tipped off the gangsters. FBI Agent John Connolly fearing that might be learned wrote a 302 saying the purpose of the investigation was to embarrass the Senate President Bill Bulger and impugned the integrity of Bellotti and others. He also hurt Bill bulger’s reputation by suggesting the rumor out there was he was giving information to Bill about his brother Whitey.
These examples of putting decisions on others or intimating false motive to others are the stock in trade of FBI reports. They are available to others in the FBI and those others form their opinions based on them.
There was one memo that was particularly insidious. It was written by the Boston SAC James F. Ahearn to the Director of the FBI William S. Sessions on February 10, 1989. It was entitled “DEA Boston Investigation of James “Whitey” Bulger.” Note the date, it was within two years of Whitey being terminated as an informant in 1990 when his handler FBI agent John Connolly retired and four years after the time of the last murder attributed to Whitey.
Just keep in mind how much or how little the FBI really knew about Whitey who had been its informant since 1975 at that time. I assume the FBI in protecting him knew nothing about the murders he was alleged to have committed. If the FBI knew so little about the alleged 20 murders why would anyone else know about them. How then take a person like Catherine Greig and send her to prison for eight years assuming she knew about his murders when she fled with him from Boston in 1994. It is absurd to think Whitey was going around telling people about them.
Also try to figure out how we are supposed to believe he terrorized the city of Boston and its surroundings when the FBI knew so little about his activities. From all I have seen that outside of South Boston and the bookies few knew he existed. He was a local depraved criminal with no reach beyond his small world.