You must always keep in mind when thinking of the FBI is that a handful of members of Congress, including my Congressman William Keating, seeking to find out information on the Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack of April 15, 2013, had to go to Russia. The FBI refused to deal with them. In addition, when Congress wanted information on the attack the FBI told it to take a walk. This seems not to bother other than a few like myself that these cops can operate in secret and not be responsible to anyone other than themselves.
What brings this to mind today is a USA Today report that tells us that the FBI authorized its informants to commit 5,600 criminal acts in 2011. What about those years other than 2011? Here’s what the article states: “USA TODAY asked the FBI for all of the reports it had prepared since 2006, but FBI officials said they could locate only one, which they released after redacting nearly all of the details.”
Imagine that! Our vaunted FBI filed 7 yearly reports and has lost six of them. It must have either a dismal record keeping ability or it just plainly lies. Either one would cry out for it to be reformed. But our timid Congressman shy away from the reality of an out of control group of cops.
One of the big media bamboozlements we’ve encountered is the suggestion that the Boston FBI office and the Whitey Bulger situation was unique. We are supposed to believe all the rest of the FBI was fine, it was only Boston that was corrupt and not only that, it was only one agent John Connolly. Well, maybe two, his supervisor, John Morris also fit that bill; but as we know nothing happened to Morris because in part he was a source for Boston Globe reporters.
We’ve been tricked into believing it was only in Boston because we’ve had a chance to take a small peek into the Boston office while what has happened elsewhere in the country remains off-limits. What we saw in Boston did not make us too happy since it appeared many reports that were filed had no relation to what had actually happened.
When we first learned that the FBI had both Whitey Bulger and Steve Flemmi, two top-level gangsters, as informants and that they were allowed to commit crimes it seemed to send many into Greater Boston into a tizzy. We wondered how that could ever have happened until we learned of the Top Echelon Informant program where it is routinely done. Now we see it is of a much grander scale than anyone could imagine.
Now looking at that 5,600 figure we see what John Connolly did is something quite routine. “Agents authorized 15 crimes a day, on average, . . . , ” the article notes. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from the Wolf Hearings and the Whitey trial, most of the agents give tacit approval to their informants criminal acts and don’t make a record of them.
Like the news item yesterday that tells of a Mani Chulpayev, an FBI informant for FBI Agent Dante Jackson, who helped a gangster hit squad set up a person to murdered. At first the FBI agent tried to keep Mani from helping the local police, then denied Mani was an informant before admitting it, but said he was being carried off the books. Guess what happened to Agent Jackson? “The FBI admitted its agent is under investigation but has refused multiple requests for further comment.”
I pointed out in my book Don’t Embarrass The Family that the prosecution of Connolly was an attempt to pretend all was right in the FBI except for that one rogue agent. Common sense told us this could not be true since what Connolly did was open and notorious and approved. Every SAC, ASAC, supervisor, agent, and even some file clerks in the Boston office knew Whitey was a Top Echelon Informant. The FBI transfers its agents on a continuing basis, that knowledge traveled throughout the Bureau up to the highest levels.
How often have we heard “under investigation” and “refused comment” from the FBI. Facing that stonewalling even in the face of the 2013 terrorist attack, where can we turn? It seems there is nowhere to go. The FBI has become a big black hole from which no light comes forth. If there is any agency in government where that should not be the case it is in our law enforcement arm but sadly like a child without supervision the FBI continues to run amock.