One aspect of the matters involving Retired FBI Agent John Connolly who has been incarcerated in Florida where he is expected to come before the parole board when he is 99-year-old, in effect, he has been sentenced to die in prison for doing his job as an FBI agent, is whether he was authorized to let his Top Level Criminal Informants (TECI) commit crimes. The FBI has all sorts of forms that an agent is required to fill out is he is to do that but those exist only so the FBI can protect its sordid practices from public notice and throw an agent to the woodp pile whose approval of those activities might be public.
A prominent FBI agent out of the Chicago office who wrote several books about his involvement in investigating organized crime told how they used to do black bag jobs, that is breaking into private businesses, offices and homes in order to plant listening devices. He knew these operations were approved by J. Edgar Hoover who urged his agents to do them. He wrote that he was also aware if he was caught and it became public information the FBI would deny it knew about them and call him a rogue agent.
That is precisely what the FBI did to John Connolly. It labeled him a rogue agent for doing what it expected him to do. One of the big knocks on him was that his TECIs were committing crimes while he was handling them; although it was never shown he knew this if he wanted to have found out he pretty much could have done it. But assuming that he knew, under the FBI’s in-house procedures that would not have mattered. The FBI was very willing to have TECIs commit crimes as long as they provided information.
I’ve been writing about Judge Gertner’s decision. There is one part of it that is really shocking yet it mostly passed unnoticed. (No, it wasn’t the millions of dollars she awarded the Mafia guys and their associates.) It was not noticed by the media because it cut against the FBIs and its war on John Connolly. Best to ignore the truth and pretend it doesn’t exist so it can keep calling Connolly corrupt when it wasn’t he who was corrupt but the FBI itself.
The FBI wanted to make Steve Flemmi’s brother, “Vincent “Jimmy the Bear” an informant. Gertner refers to him as Jimmy Flemmi. She writes: “Before designating Jimmy Flemmi as a Top Echelon Informant — and in particular, agent Condon – – had collected extensive information about his criminal activities which included a series of murders. From the Patriarca wire, they even had information that he was about to participate in the Deegan murder. Despite the information about Jimmy Flemmi’s murderous activities, the FBI targeted him for the Top Echelon Informant program three days before the Deegan murder. Indeed, on the very day of the Deegan murder, March 12, 1965, Jimmy Flemmi was assigned to Agent Rico as a Top Echelon informant. . . . Even after designating Jimmy Flemmi for participation in the initiative the FBI continued to receive information about his penchant for killing.”
She went on, “Flemmi’s designation as an informant was reviewed at the highest level of the FBI. On June 4, 1965 the FBI Director asked the Boston SAC for information on the status of Flemmi’s designation for the program.” The Sac wrote back noting “that Rico, based on informtin from other informants and sources, believed Jimmy Flemmi had murdered six named individuals, including Edward “Teddy” Deegan. The memorandum added that “from all indications he is going to continue to commit murder. . . . The SAC nevertheless recommended Flemmi’s continued use by the FBI.” Gertner said the FBI didn’t care about Flemi’s victims only that he could provide it with information about Patriarca and the Mafia.
One particular telling bit of information the FBI had from an informant in May 1964 was that “Jimmy Flemmi told him “all [Flemmi] wants to do is kill people, and that is better than hitting banks.” October 1964 the FBI was told by an informant the “Jimmy Flemmi wanted to be the “best hit man” and had committed several murders.”
A long time before John Connolly appeared on the scene the FBI was making hit men Top Echelon Criminal Informants with the knowledge they planned to continue murdering people. Is there anything more corrupt than protecting murderers so they can commit more murders?
Yes, only one thing. Letting FBI Agent John Connolly rot in prison when the FBI required him to work with these people.