I noted Jerome was interested in learning why John Connolly was singled out when he was doing what he was supposed to do working in an approved FBI program. He only did what others in the FBI were doing, had done and are still doing. He pointed out that nothing has happened to the others.
For one, as I’ve often pointed out we know what was happening in the Boston FBI office because of litigation in the Federal District Court where it was required to open up many of its files and many of the agents in that office were required to testify. There are 55 other FBI offices in the United States and hundreds of small offices of resident agents. No one has looked at those other offices.
We do know that the FBI is the most conformist organization in the world: what is done in one place is done in every other and inspections teams are sent out yearly to ensure that is the case. We also know that agents go from one office to another on a periodical basis sometimes staying between six months to three years, sometimes getting to stay forever at their station of choice, but there is always movement at senior levels. This movement also helps maintain the conformity.
Think of yourself as a fruit vendor in the North End. A holiday weekend is coming up and big crowds are expected. You order 56 barrels of fruit from Fresh Fruit Company. The truck driver for Fresh Fruit shows up with the order; he starts unloading them. You open up one of the barrels and find the fruit is rotten in it. The driver tells you the other barrels are OK; it is just that the one you looked in happened to be spoiled. Do you accept this or do you want to check the others.
That is precisely what happened in Boston. Judge Wolf looked into the Boston barrel and found it was rotten. To prevent him or others from looking further, the FBI had to come up with a reason why Boston happened to be an outlier. The story put out by the FBI, and our local media sycophants who depend on maintaining relationships with the FBI which means never to say a bad word about it, is that the problems of the Boston office were caused by renegade agents. Yet anyone with a smidgen of knowledge about the FBI knows it is structured so that such a thing could not happen.
That brings me back to the title of my book, Don’t Embarrass The Family. The book was about the trial of John Connolly. How was it then I was talking about “The Family.” I explained this in my book. Frankie Salemme testified that when he was “king” of the New England Mafia he told his capos they could let their men do anything they wanted as long as they did not embarrass the family. Hearing him testify like that I immediately recognized what the John Connolly trial was all about, the FBI was embarrassed so someone had to be sacrificed.
The great embarrassment came when it was publicly disclosed by Steven Flemmi that he and Whitey Bulger, two top hoodlums in the area, were informants for the FBI, Flemmi testified Connolly told them they could do anything they wanted except hit someone and they would be protected. Hearing this, the public indignation rose to high levels thinking the FBI was protecting these guys. The FBI was in a quandary. It did not want to admit that this was the case in every office in the country. It decided to pretend that it had happened only in Boston. To stop a wildfire of public indignation from spreading and burning down its other offices it came up with the “rogue agent” theory.
It used its media friends to put out the lie that Connolly was doing something he should not have done. The FBI also found willing ears in the Boston US Attorney’s office, which was in the middle of a case involving Whitey, to listen to a story that implicated Connolly. to carry out the scam.It was not that he did something the FBI did not know he was doing. It was that its secret Top Echelon program was revealed publicly.
On Monday I’ll tell where that leaves us.