Jerome read my response and set out to follow-up on the things I suggested that would aid him in figuring out the answer to his problem which is he can not find any information Whitey gave to the FBI.
Rather who comments here helped him identifying “Little Al.” He also included with that some of the things I had said in the past about him. “Little Al” was the name the Chicago FBI gave to the illegal bug that was planted in a Chicago Mafia office for several years that gave them information on all the criminal doings in the Chicago area that involved the Mafia and others.
Jerome got back to me on the 20th under the NY Girls post. He said he still did not understand why Whitey was an informant but he had yet to find anything about the three persons I mentioned. He wondered whether Whitey was made an informant by the FBI agents who hoped that he would give them “a boatload of money” and in return they would give him “tips and protection.” That is something that many are puzzled about.
He is also troubled that the only information about Whitey’s involvement in the murders came from Weeks, Flemmi, and Martorano who were jammed in and to get a sweeter deal they gladly threw Whitey under the bus. That is a genuine concern especially when you see an FBI report of an informant who was in prison with Salemme, a Mafia king pin and close friend of Flemmi, who told the FBI informant that the investigators he was dealing with gave him a copy of “Black Mass” to read so that he could refresh his memory and also figure out what they were looking for.
It was Weeks who gave the best warning about him and the others: he said to be a criminal is to live a life of lies. They lie so often they become expert at it. So the concern is valid that testimony from a criminal, especially one who is going to get a deal if his evidence confirms what the prosecutors and investigators want to believe, is inherently suspect. Even more is the testimony totally unreliable when they are given a script to follow.
Five minutes after that post Jerome came back again with a perceptive comment. He is beginning to see the big picture by stepping back a bit. He asked “why was John Connolly singled out” He pointed out that there have been other Top Echelon handlers over the life of the Top Echelon program whose informants have committed murder and they were never brought up on charges for that happening. He wanted to know why the FBI made Connolly a “scapegoat” pointing out that to be an informant in the Top Echelon program one has to be a criminal.
He is right about the Top Echelon program which was an FBI secret from the time it was instituted in the early 1960s. The idea behind it was to reach out to guys with connections to the highest levels of the Mafia to make deals with them so that they would provide information to the FBI. That program continues to the present time. The FBI is in bed with major criminals.
One FBI agent who was intercepted in 2011 talking to a Mafia guy who is suspected of several murders and who was his Top Echelon informant. He was heard telling him that “my job is to keep you safe.” John Connolly said his job was to protect his informants so that they could continue to provide information to the FBI. It would be the height of naiveté to believe that none of these top Mafia and other organized crime types never murdered or had someone murdered while a Top Echelon informant.
Pause for a second and think of what the FBI can give a guy who is at a high level in the Mafia in exchange for him giving it information if it has not jammed him in with some criminal charge. The only incentive is to give him a pass; that is it would protect him from other law enforcement agencies and from other criminals who might be informing against him. Many judges have talked about Top Echelon informants without looking at the other side to question what the guy got for his information. That has been a great failing in our justice system.
Jerome is right when he says Connolly was singled out since many other FBI agents were doing the same thing. Next time I’ll tell you why if you have not figured it out by ths point.