John Connolly the retired FBI agent who is in prison in Florida according to Whitey Bulger cannot accept that he is going to die in prison. It is hard to tell how Whitey feels about this. He presently has intense dislike for Connolly because of one thing. Connolly set up an informant file on him with the FBI. Whitey says he was never an informant. Janet Uhlar has indicted that on two occasions she has asked Connolly to admit Whitey was not an informant. He ducked the inquiry suggesting the whole story will come out after he is released from prison. Kevin Weeks said Connolly told him that 90% of the information in his informant file did not come from Whitey.
The informed reader would suggest that if Whitey is right Connolly’s side of the story will never come out. You would think if he had a side to tell he would have told it by now. That he doesn’t suggests to me there’s not much there; but also during the Wolf hearings Connolly did state his view then. I’ve suggested before that he blames the Department of Justice for his situation when he should be looking at the FBI.
I have stated before that Connolly being in the Florida prison with the next parole date set when he is 98 years old is shameful. He was convicted in 2002 in Federal court in Boston on some of the minor charges which he faced; he was found not responsible for the more significant charges. He was sentenced to ten years, a harsh sentence, but still within the guidelines at the upper most end. I had no problem with that having attended his trial and written a book about it. He should have been out in 2012 at the latest. Before that however he was charged with a murder in Florida which in my humble opinion he really had nothing to do with even putting aside the legalistic mumbo-jumbo that upheld his conviction.
I have the utmost hope that he finds some legal route to his freedom. I admire that he has been able to keep up his spirits and persevere under this enormity. However I have to admit there are things he did that I find inexplicable but even with that his initial sentence of ten years certainly more than punished him for that.
This does not have anything to do with his performance as an FBI agent. But it has to do with what he did after leaving the FBI in 1995 up through 1997 or perhaps even later. There are things he did as an agent which have given me some concern which I’ll mention later. His actions when working in the private sector though really have me scratching my head.
Yes, some will argue he was an FBI agent and no longer had to act like one. I don’t buy it. I suggest that retiring from the FBI does not mean you jettison things you were supposed to do and believe in as an agent. After agents retire the door is open for them in many areas because they were FBI agents. Being one has always been an endorsement of their good character. FBI agents are able to secure prominent places in the community based on their having served in the FBI. They are believed to have knowledge of and a dedication to the laws of the country.
That is what I always believed anyways. I appreciated their service and figured they were totally trustworthy and on the level. I did have my trouble dealing with their job when I was in the DA’s office because of the way they interacted with local law enforcement; but I never questioned their ethics or honesty. Never did I ever believe one to be a crook or on the other side of the law both when one was an agent or after retirement. Call me naïve but that is how I felt and still feel about almost all FBI agents.
So imagine my shock when I learned about Connolly actions in 1995.