Talk about shooting yourself in the foot, if ever anyone did this it is Whitey’s FBI handler John Connolly. After being in prison for over ten years he is still all over the playground trying to decide how it happened he’s going to spend the rest of his life in prison. Walter Kelly, Jr., through his character Pogo put it plain and simple — Connolly long ago met the enemy and he is him.
In the middle of June from his prison telephone he had a conversation with T.J. English that exemplifies this. To bring you up to date, Connolly’s in prison because a jury found he was involved with the murder of John Callahan an organized crime wannabe who was shot by gangster Johnny Martarono in Florida. The guy who put the bullet into Callahan’s head took the stand to testify that Whitey told him to kill Callahan because Connolly told Whitey that he did not think Callahan would stand up if pressured by the FBI. Callahan had information that Whitey was involved in the murder of a legitimate businessman Roger Wheeler in Oklahoma. Oh, I should mention it was Martorano who put the bullet in the head of Wheeler.
T.J. English quoted Connolly as whining that the DOJ is going to “do everything in its power to try to make sure the full story never comes out.” When I read that I wanted to shout at Connolly, “it’s not the DOJ! It’s you!”
Outside the place where it counts, the courtroom, Connolly constantly professed his innocence. When he was called before Judge Wolf he took the Fifth! Wasn’t that the time to get out the full story. No sooner did he leave the courtroom after doing that, he again continually mouthed off about his innocence. He was so ubiquitous and insistent that he was doing what he was supposed to do that he was again called back before Judge Wolf to give him a second chance to tell his story. Again he took the Fifth.
It was even worse than that. At the Wolf hearing Stevie Flemmi was trying to get the charges against him dismissed so he testified to the deal he and Whitey had with Connolly. He was asked who told him the indictments were imminent. Connolly had induced him to testify it was Morris rather than himself. Rather than getting the full story out Connolly was attempting to run away as far as possible by strangling the truth.
It doesn’t end there as we know. Connolly was indicted. He had seen how well his refusal to tell the full story before Wolf worked out. He should have realized that if there was another story to tell other than the one being put out by the DOJ now was the time for him to tell it.
He went to trial in Boston. He sat on his rights saying nothing when his freedom was at stake. Again in Florida, he did not testify. How can he blame the Justice Department when he had the opportunity to tell the full story but refused to do this other than when he’s not under oath?
Connolly is living in prison with the person who put him there. He sees him every time he shaves. Like an elder in an Eskimo village who can no longer keep up with the younger members, he has been put out on an ice berg and sent off to be forgotten. No one is listening to his cries of outrage because he remained silent when he should have spoken unlike Billy Budd who lost his life when he remained silent because of his had a speech impediment the normally voluble Connolly found comfort in his in-courtroom silence. (The only justification I can see is that he relied upon his lawyer’s advice. This was fatal to him. His only hope was to expose the dirty world of the FBI.)
Ironically, had he brought out the full story by testifying it is unlikely he’d still be in prison. It’s often said the cover-up is worse than the crime as we saw with Richard Nixon. The law considers silence as an acceptance of what is said as does the gut instinct of most people. Ecclesiastes 3:1 teaches us that there is a season and time for everything. The time for the full story was back in 1997 when Wolf was holding his hearings.
I’ll continue this tomorrow on my catch all day.