To put the matter into proper context it is necessary to repost an article I wrote in August 2012 entitled: “Congressman Lynch’s Lack of Enthusiasm in Holding the FBI Accountable. I’ve made some minor corrections to it. Here is what I wrote:
“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 rogue 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.
Let’s talk about a Mark Rossetti. If you want you can find an article in the Boston Globe on August 31, 1983 telling of Mark Rossetti being sentenced to 10 years for being in a masked armed robbery. In 2001 he was sentenced to a little over 4 years for being a felon in possession of a weapon. Or a December 5, 2003 article you can read about an affidavit filed in federal court that Mark Rossetti was a capo in the Boston Mafia. Or May 21 and 22, 2010 articles telling how he was charged with trafficking in heroin. In October of that year, Kevin Cullen of the Globe quoted Lt. Steve Johnson of the state police, who was instrumental in bringing down Whitey, as saying, “It’s shocking. Shocking that a person of Rossetti’s position in the LCN would be hands-on in the heroin business. But this is where these guys are now.” Johnson was saying the Mafia had become a shell of itself when the top guys were handling the drugs themselves.
Rossetti’s a Mafia capo in an outfit that pretty much has been destroyed. He’s left to dealing heroin. Then in August 13, 2011, Shelley Murphy of the Globe reports that the state police picked up Rossetti on a wiretap and learned that he was an FBI informant. Look at Rossetti’s background I just set out and tell me how the FBI could have gone back to business as usual using another Whitey Bulger-type as an informant.
The Boston Globe to its credit asked what was going on. The FBI, and the state police hierarchy ever the lackey to the FBI, responded, according to Shelley Murphy’s article, “Specifically, the FBI employees responsible for handling this matter did not engage in any inappropriate activities and acted in accordance with the Department of Justice and FBI rules. They demonstrated a high level of integrity and professionalism.”
Yogi would say “deja vu again.” That’s what they said about the [FBI] agents Morris and Connolly who handled Whitey. Former Colonel Tom Foley (the author) who we know was responsible for destroying Whitey and Stevie said, “After everything that we’ve been through with the Bulger case, nothing has been learned, nothing has changed.”
On August 21, 2011, Kevin Cullen rightly asks where is the outrage of the FBI again using top gangsters for informants. Cullen indicated Rossetti has been an FBI informant for upwards of twenty years. To be a Mafia capo it is said you have to be a murderer. Rossetti is suspected of murdering 6 people. The FBI is protecting him. I urge you to read that column and a subsequent one on October 18, “Pants on Fire”.
Then on August 17, 2011, the Globe, . . . . (let me digress a second. Believe me when I say this, if it wasn’t for the media we’d be walking in the dark. My problem with the Globe is that it doesn’t devote more resources to these things. During my days the Globe, the Herald and the Quincy Patriot Ledger had reporters in Norfolk Superior Court every day Now most things seem to go uncovered.) . . . inquired of Congressman Lynch who was on the Congressional Committee that grilled Billy Bulger. The Globe asked Lynch what was he doing about the Rossetti outrage. Lynch said he had demanded a briefing from the FBI on the matter which was being scheduled. The FBI and the US Attorney would not comment. (former post cont tomorrow)