Do we now call it “The Great Gardner Museum Hoax rather than Heist?” How can it be that the FBI, which is called the world’s best investigative agency, shows itself so inept? Nothing else properly describes its investigation of Gardner Museum heist. One can only believe it Is because it has an insatiable need for publicity that it loses its sense of direction?
The FBI announced a couple of years ago that it knows the identity of the thieves who stole the Gardner art work. Strangely It refused to identify them. Others have told us who the FBI is tracking. So has the FBI with its diggings.
It seems the FBI believes some low life stiffs who hung out at an auto yard in Dorchester stole it and then gave it to their other hoodlum friends. The FBI has no forensic evidence to back this up. It is mainly following a trail of lies by braggarts. The event was first imagined by famous art thief Myles Connor who told them he knew who did it but in the same statement showed he had no idea who did it.
Periodically we read about the FBI being hot on the trail of the thieves. Papers like the Boston Globe which carries the FBI’s water (so that it gets leaks from it) blindly perpetuates the con. This again was shown by its most recent article of last week about Bob Luisi a drug dealer now selling his new religion.
The FBI’s big, big problems is that it thinks like lawyers and accountants who were the people it hires. That worked out all right during J. Edgar Hoover’s time since it did not get involved with street wise guys. The agents were mostly paper pushers.
In the early Sixties Hoover got pushed into having to go after the real gangster types, not the go it alone cowboys like Baby Face Nelson or Pretty Boy Floyd. It was charged with chasing organized crime and later added to its portfolio drug dealers and other bottom dwelling creepsters. These were people who wallow and thrive on sleaze. .
You still can not be an FBI agent if your degree is from the college of hard knocks. That is the only place where you can learn to deal with these guys when you have not grown up in their neighborhoods. In a futile attempt to make up for this deficiency the FBI decided to become partners with some of these bottom dwellers by creating the Top Echelon Informant Program. In that they entered into long-term relationships with some felons who would provide them information about what was going on in the sties of corruption. As we have seen when you lie down with the dogs you get up with the fleas.
The FBI hoped its agents would learn from the street people. Not being part of that milieu they fail to understand the old adage: “there is no honor among thieves” meant that what information they would receive would be that which benefited the crook giving it. It would have no relation to the truth.
In the underworld those who do best are those with the least scruples: those willing to turn on their friends whenever their interest dictates. These people are professional liars. There is no way to tell whether their information is true without substantial corroboration. These people have no moral compunction which dissuades them from the lying which is as necessary to their lives as breathing.
The usual agent stands before this type as a hayseed standing before a skilled Three Card Monte dealer. The outcome often is like we just saw in the Chandler Levy case. A jail house informant to get a better deal for himself testifies the defendant confessed to his involvement in a crime. Later it turned out it never happened and he made it up. There is no way of knowing how many people are doing time based on that type of hearsay evidence which cannot be rebutted. (continued tommorw)