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Judge Wolf in his 1999 661 page findings speaking of the 1974/1975 time frame said the FBI recognized Whitey had been deeply involved in a violent gang war. Just prior to this he wrote the written record concerning this matter is sparse. Sparse? It’s non existent.
During the hearings in front of him the only gang war that had evidence about was about the Irish Gang War. That happened while Whitey was in prison. It is unusual for a judge to pull such an assertion out of thin air and attribute something to the FBI which it had no knowledge about. It’s an early indication of his confusing the Whitey of 1999, the time of the decision, with the Whitey of 1975.
Judge Wolf doesn’t end there. As I noted yesterday, he went on to say that when Whitey was recruited he was “widely regarded” as being brutally violent. This is also unusual for two reasons. First Whitey’s reputation had hardly gone beyond the confines of South Boston at that time; and, he had before him practically no evidence to support this statement.
Judge Wolf wrote he came to that conclusion from “Morris’s actions.” He has all these witnesses testifying in front of him for month after month and he is limited to inferring his conclusion not from something someone said or what was contained in a document but from someone’s actions. The person he chooses is the vile and corrupt FBI agent John Morris who admitted when he told the Boston Globe Whitey was an informant he was hoping Whitey would get murdered.
The last time I wrote about Whitey’s life was on March 26. We’ve read about his release from prison, his involvement in the South Boston dustup between the Mullens and Killeens and how what was happening in South Boston was small time compared to the interactions between the rest of organized crime in the Eastern Massachusetts area.
The real power was in the hands of the North End or “In Town” which was the Italian Mafia. Outside of that most of the fighters in the Irish Gang War of the 1960s had gone to see their Maker leaving a small core group of Irish gangsters in Somerville just north of Boston under the leadership of Howie Winter and a Mafia-connected Roxbury Gang that had fought in the Irish War on the side of Winter’s group.
The Winter group and Roxbury group united and opened up a garage called Marshall Motors in Somerville located in the Winter Hill section of that city. The garage served as a front for their gangster business. The location gave the gang its name: Winter Hill gang.
The Mullen/Killeen battle put Whitey at risk. The Mullens had gained the ascendency in that matter after a handful of them gunned down Whitey’s sidekick Billy O’Sullivan on Savin Hill Avenue as he ran toward the Woods. Whitey sought the protection of the Winter Hill Gang by approaching John Martorano one of the Roxbury gang.
A shaky peace was arranged between the Mullens and Whitey who was pretty much all that was left of the Killeens. The terms of the peace was that Whitey would split the Killeen’s illegal income with the Mullens 50/50. Neither party was really happy with less than 100%.
I tend not to criticize or praise Obama because I don’t want this blog to be political. By political I mean Republican vs Democrat or conservative vs progressive; libertarian vs liberal, etc. There are many other sites out there to whet your appetite if you are into political wrangling. I’ve gingerly stepped into this area close to the political realm because of the Marathon Terrorist Attack (MTA) which involved some aspects of this blog especially as it relates to the FBI plus the obvious: that it was an attack on my city. I felt I could not ignore the enormity of it.
I’m anxious to get back to Whitey since things have happened that I’ve let that slide. I’m especially disappointed I did not get to the last hearing where Whitey himself sans-beard showed up. I hadn’t thought much would happen between now and the opening bell in early June so I hit the road for a bit. I appreciate the continuing comments and interest out there. But before going back, I have to talk about this one big mistake by Obama.
The Boston Globe talked about it in a round about way yesterday telling how Obama heard Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who I call Joker which is the way his first name is pronounced by those with a Boston accent, was captured and how he was briefed by 45-year-old Lisa Monaco, Obama’s homeland security and counter terrorism advisor, who “also is now responsible for helping determine the targets of drone attacks.”
Obama also got advise from 42-year-old White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler on giving Joker his Miranda rights and helped Obama “conclude that [prosecuting Joker as an enemy combatant before a military tribunal] wasn’t an option because [Joker] is a naturalized U.S. citizen entitled to a federal trial.” Monaco and Ruemmler are long time friends having worked together early in their legal careers as prosecutors in the Department of Justice.
I’ll call the person who is the worst spy XX for the present purposes. I’ll give you a few hints so you can easily figure out who this person is. XX worked for the US government. XX caused more damage to America’s interests than any other person between the early 1980s up until 2001. XX is believed to have caused the deaths of many people who worked for the United States in foreign countries. XX also had connections with the FBI.
Have you figured out yet that it is Robert Hanssen the FBI agent who worked for the Soviets? If so you’re wrong. XX was more highly placed than Hanssen. XX had access to many more top secret documents which were passed on to the Cuban government. XX has been accused of being “directly responsible for the death of Green Beret SGT Gregory A. Fronius who was killed at El Paraiso, El Salvador, on March 31, 1987 during the FMLN attack.”
XX probably did more to undermine the USA’s interests in Latin America and the Caribbean than any other person in history. The full extent of the damage caused by XX will never be fully known. Yet in 1997 the CIA Director George Tenet gave XX a certificate of distinction.
XX had two connections with the FBI, actually more, who were very close. XX met with them on occasion while spying for Cuba. One FBI agent was L.M who worked in the Miami office. L.M was a “veteran FBI language analyst who translated wiretaps and other sensitive communications.” Another of XX’s contact was A.M., an FBI agent who worked in Atlanta. XX called him Tito.
“Nine months before the Boston Marathon bombing, a U.S. counterterrorism task force received a warning that a suspected militant had returned from a lengthy trip to Russia, U.S. officials said.
The warning was delivered to a single U.S. Customs and Border Protection official assigned to Boston’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, a cell of specialists from federal and local law enforcement agencies. . . .
But officials said there is no indication that the unidentified customs officer provided the information to any other members of the task force, including FBI agents who had previously interviewed the militant. . . .
The apparent failure to alert the FBI has emerged as a significant, if slender, missed opportunity to scrutinize Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s activities ahead of the Boston attack.”
That story shows all that is wrong with this situation.
First, this was the top story in the Washington Post’s on-line edition this morning. It is based on information provided by the well known authority: “U.S. officials.”
How is it that the headline story in one of the nation’s top papers does not attribute its information to anyone? Why are we asked to believe a story that might have come from a driver of a mail truck? This is the type of information all of our major mainstream newspapers have been feeding us. Go back over the reports on the Marathon Terrorist Attack and see how much wrong information was written that was attributed to “officials.”
I wrote yesterday that Congressman Rogers said Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s trip to Russia escaped detection by the FBI because he used an alias. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Monday that Tsarnaev’s name was misspelled and Tsarnaev’s correct name never went into the system. Then it was reported “Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that the government’s internal system “pinged” when Tamerlan Tsarnaev left the U.S. for Russia last year, in a statement that appeared to conflict with earlier suggestions that the trip went unnoticed.” Then we hear the CIA and others had him listed.
Putting all that together we have one highly placed insider saying they missed Tamerlan trip to Russia because he used an alias, another similarly situated saying it wasn’t that but it his name was misspelled, and a final one in a like position saying we knew all along that he went to Russia. I guess that’s what happens with spinning. It gets one’s head spinning.
I’d suggest to the FBI that rather than saying as it did last Saturday, “no further comment,” it’d be best to say: “we’re gathering the facts and we’ll hold a press conference and tell you what we can about this.” Then when the members of Congress like Rogers who are anxious to help it want inside information, tell them you’ll let them know after the facts are figured out. Suggest to him the best way to help is let you do your job.
When the FBI said on Saturday it wasn’t going to comment anymore, I expressed my chagrin noting all the questions that were up in the air. I stated I wasn’t suggesting the FBI did anything wrong, but I thought that we deserved some answers. The 9/11 Commission had been critical of the FBI and I wondered if it had changed at all.
The tragedy in the FBI not being responsive is that it seems it is hiding something. This is so especially when last Sunday — two days after the Big Chase and Shelter In — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) pictured above jumped up to defend the FBI’s handling of the Marathon Terrorist Attack especially the manner in which it handled the matter involving deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
I don’t suppose that Mike Rogers was a former FBI agent had anything to do with him hurrying out with his opinion. My reaction was great concern that a man in his position is imbued with the FBI’s culture of “not embarrassing the family.” I asked myself is he interested in our nation’s best interest or protecting the FBI.
Mike Rogers was out there spinning. I suggest, and I’ll explain this more tomorrow, this was unnecessary. I’d guess that someone in the FBI figured out after the weekend that it’d be best not to hide what it had done. It has begun to set out what it did, although through “people not authorized to speak” and if what is coming out is true, then the FBI did all it should have done.
Yesterday I pointed to the many questions that remain unanswered about the Marathon Terrorist Attack (MTA). I told how the FBI is now in shut down mode. I said we’d never get the answers to our questions.
The reason why is there is no one that controls the FBI. It does what it wants to do without oversight. A look at a couple of events in Boston shows this.
The Boston Globe talking about the Marathon Terrorist Attacks reports: “US Representative Stephen Lynch, whose district includes parts of Boston, said Saturday that he has a number of questions for US and Russian officials about what they knew about the brothers, and when.”
That couldn’t be the same Congressman Stephen Lynch who was concerned about the FBI’s use of Mafia Bigwig Mark Rossetti as a Top Echelon informant after the FBI told us at the end of the debacle involving Whitey Bulger that it wouldn’t do such things anymore. When it was revealed that the FBI in Boston told this Mafia chief that its job was to keep him safe, the Globe reported: “Lynch said in an interview yesterday that he has demanded a briefing from the FBI’s Washington offices on the guidelines the agency must follow in handling informants, particularly those with criminal histories. The request was granted and is being scheduled, he said.”
That Globe report was on August 11, 2011. 20 months ago. He still hasn’t had a briefing on this simple matter. 20 months of being pushed around by the FBI. Lynch has lost interest. Apparently it is easier to run for US Senate than to take on the FBI. His opponent now has similar concerns but he too has feared holding the FBI to account.
Our country is in trouble. We have a secret police force, the FBI, which refuses to be accountable to the public; an enfeebled Congress that is too scared to take control; and a president who offers comforting words but fears telling the FBI to give us the answers we seek.
It’s time this stops. We should not face a shut door. We’re not to be treated as if our only right is not to know the truth. It is only the truth that will keep us free..
The president and Congress are supposed to govern with the consent of the people. Our lives and safety have been compromised by terrorism. It will happen again if we aren’t told the full circumstances surrounding the Marathon Terrorist Attack on Patriot’s Day. We can no long be given the bum’s rush. This isn’t supposed to be like Russia where the people are kept in the dark and expected to trust the leaders and the KGB.
Bryan Bender of the Boston Globe reported: “The FBI acknowledged Friday night that a foreign government had asked the US for information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, based on information that he was a follower of “radical Islam.” In response, the FBI investigated and interviewed Tamerlan and family members. “The FBI did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign,” the bureau said. On Saturday, the FBI said it would have no further comment”
Are you surprised the FBI is now in a shut down mode? You shouldn’t be if you’ve read my book Don’t Embarrass the Family? Tell me what you think the Bureau is now doing. Do you think it is looking to find out the truth and preparing to tell us what happened? Or do you think it is trying to find out how best to spin the issue and cover-up? Is the FBI more concerned with itself than the country?
I’ve told this story before. It’s appropriate I tell it again. I was a young lawyer during the days when the Warren Court was changing the law in a very substantial manner when it came to defendant rights. It started applying the guarantees in the Bill of Rights to the states using the mechanism of the 14th Amendment. No longer could the states violate a person’s Fourth or Fifth Amendment rights.
We were confronted with terms like “fruit of the poisonous tree” that forbid the government from using information at trial which was discovered after an illegal action by the government. The Supreme Court ventured into the area of admissions and confessions under the Fifth Amendment. Concerned that people did not know their rights before they gave statements to the police, it set out in the Miranda decision certain standards the state had to meet before it could use a person’s statements which contained admissions or confessions against her.
These became known as the Miranda warnings. You’ve all heard them. A person in custody must be told she has, the right to remain silent, anything she says can be used against her, and she has the right to a lawyer’s presence prior to being questioned.
Miranda came down in 1966. My story involving this criminal I’ll call Henri took place a few years after Miranda but during the time when the Warren court seemed hell-bent on finding more reasons to invalidate or improve police actions.