“Mean bastards,” is what I answered a person who asked me why the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI want John Connolly to die in prison. That’s my explanation for what is going on. They have no reason other than they are vindictive people who have the power to work behind the scenes to continue the unwarranted imprisonment of him.
It’s not that John Connolly knows anything that could hurt them; even if he did, few, if any, would believe him since he has lost all credibility in the public eye after the incessant hammering he has taken in the media and books by malicious people using him as a foil for hurting others. A tragic part of John Connolly’s plight is that he has yet to fully grasp after all these years in prison that he was betrayed by the FBI. He knows he did the job that he was supposed to have done; he knows the FBI knows that is what he did; because of his brain washing by that Bureau he cannot understand that it is because he did the job that the FBI had to turn on him and try to destroy him.
He is incapable of understanding the abhorrence with which he is held by the top echelon bureaucrats in the FBI and DOJ. He remains in prison because these officials sub silento can control his fate – work behind the scenes to keep him there. They are still smarting over having had their corrupt operation exposed. As long as they breathe the only way they can placate their hurt feelings is to inflict continuing punishment on Connolly.
Think of the reason why Connolly was convicted of murder of John Callahan in Florida. The man who did the murder, John Martorano, said Connolly told his associates Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemi that Callahan would not stand up when the FBI investigated his involvement in the Oklahoma murder of Roger Wheeler. That was the government’s case against him – a conversation, or two, where the theory was that had he not said that then John Callahan would not have been murdered.
The theory is so outrageous that only mean bastards intent on getting Connolly could have believed it in light of the reality of the situation. Of course, the reality was never disclosed to the Florida jury that convicted him but those who went after him certainly knew it.
Here’s what the jury did not know. Connolly was an operative for the FBI in its highly secretive Top Echelon Informant (TEI) program. The way the TEI program worked was the FBI would utilize top-level criminals who would get into the same boat as the FBI. The TEI would row the boat along with the FBI agents by providing information against other top-level criminals, especially if they were members of the Italian Mafia. In exchange for the cooperation, the TEI would be protected by the FBI. In 2011 an FBI agent was intercepted telling his TEI who was a member of the Mafia that “my job is to keep you safe.”
Connolly had ten or more TEIs, among them were Whitey Buger and Stevie Flemmi. If his job was to keep them safe, would it follow that as part of it he would tell them that John Callahan may have loose lips? If not, what was he supposed to do for these TEIs?
What is it that Connolly or any FBI agent had to offer or agree to do for the TEIs in exchange for information they were expected to provide to the FBI? That is the big white elephant that is standing in the middle of the room. No one wants to look at it. That is why the mean bastards want to see Connolly leave prison in a prone position then perhaps no one ever will have to answer the question. The TEI program can continue on.
To this point I have accepted the proposition that Connolly told his TEI’s that Callahan would not stand up for them in front of a grand jury. If he did, as noted, he was supposed to do that to protect them. But I’m not sure that he did. But to suggest had he not done that John Callahan would not have been murdered ignores the truth. I’ll go through that tomorrow.