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The Brainwashing of Mass. State Police Colonel Foley – Wednesday – The Ghost of Ivan Day

Last Wednesday I began the story of “The Ghost of Ivan.”  It relates to Trooper Tom Foley who wrote a book “Most Wanted” about how he chased after Whitey.  He  told us how as a state trooper he joined with the FBI to fight organized crime.

I always believed Foley was duped by the FBI.  I never knew how badly until I saw how the FBI totally brainwashed him.  Foley believed he was joining an outfit that had a remarkable history of fighting organized crime.  While working inside with the FBI he had a chance to learn a little about its history going after the organized crime types.  What he learned he wrote about in his 2012 book.

“The FBI had started hitting mobsters with its Top Hoodlum Program of 1953, and it had made a famous score in 1957, when it rounded up a slew of baffled Mafiosi at what was supposed to be their top-secret gathering in Binghamton, New York.

I suppose he got that right from the horse’s mouth.  That is what the FBI would like us to believe.  Unfortunately for the FBI and Foley it is totally untrue

The Ghost of Ivan – State Trooper Foley’s Inveigling By The FBI

Tom Foley in his book “Most Wanted” elides over many uncomfortable facts.

He does this because like Macbeth he is haunted by a ghost.  His Banquo is Ivan.

Foley became a trooper in 1979.  In 1984 he joined a unit headed by Lt. Dave Matioli who he described as “a real up-and-comer, smart and well liked.”  I may have met or talked to Matioli once or twice.  He did not strike me that way.  When I think of him I think of a guy who gave me the impression he was not leveling with me.  In retrospect my instinct was right.  Matioli was working against me.

Foley said his response when asked to join Mattioli’s unit was, “Absolutely.”  He said “It was no decision at all.  Working with Mattioli and with the FBI on serious stuff like the mob?  Count me in?”

As P.T. Barnum said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

Mattioli’s unit was to be an Intelligence Unit.  It was going “to strike at the OC hierarchy”, according to Foley.  He mentions the state police had a Special Services Unit (SSU) under Lt. Charlie Henderson which he said, “concentrated more on gaming than on more serious mob crimes.”  Yes and no.

Most Wanted – A Whitey Book

Tom Foley was a Massachusetts state trooper who rose through the ranks to become a colonel in charge of the 2,300 person force.

I met him a couple of times.  I always believed Tom was one of the best cops that went after Bulger.  There was no question about his dedication and integrity.

He wrote a book Most Wanted.   It mainly tells how the FBI went about undermining everything that he tried to do to catch Whitey.  It is worth reading to get a feel for how out of control the FBI has been and continues to be.

We have a disagreement over one big event in his life when he was a young trooper.  In fact, during the Wolf hearings he stood back when Flemmi testified to it when he knew was false.  I hoped that he would address it.

He has never accepted that he was wrong when it came to this matter even though he suggests the FBI set him up.  It may seem like a small thing in an otherwise very praiseworthy career but his persistence in suggesting the acquitted trooper Ivan was corrupt is just plainly wrong.  It might be too much to expect him to really face up to how he was used by the FBI in that matter.