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Full docket text for document 954:
ELECTRONIC NOTICE OF HEARING as to James J. Bulger Jury Selection set for 6/4/2013 09:00 AM in Courtroom 11 before Judge Denise J. Casper. Jury Selection set for 6/5/2013 09:00 AM in Courtroom 11 before Judge Denise J. Casper. Jury Selection set for 6/6/2013 08:45 AM in Courtroom 11 before Judge Denise J. Casper. Jury Selection set for 6/7/2013 08:45 AM in Courtroom 11 before Judge Denise J. Casper. (Hourihan, Lisa)
Strange to say none of our local papers have any interest in doing this even though the events surrounding it arise out of the Marathon Terrorist Attack (MTA), involve a triple murder in an neighborhood adjacent to Boston, had two Massachusetts state troopers as witnesses and are otherwise of great local concern. Is it simply that our local media is incapable of finding anything wrong with the way the FBI operates. That seems to be the case. We should wonder why?
The Boston media does seem to have a much too close relationship with the FBI. Where are the local papers clamoring for an answer in the Mark Rossetti case that mirrored the Whitey Bulger situation. The FBI has been investigating for two years why in 2011 it was replicating what it did with Whitey Bulger after it said back around 2000 it had discontinued doing those things. No local media says that two years investigating what happened in your own offices is an outrageous slap in the face of the public.
The silence is very telling. But that response pales in comparison to the response to the MTA attack. The Boston Globe has been hammering away at the MTA since the day it happened providing much good coverage. It’s hoping to get a Pultizer Prize out of its hard work. But it has shown itself to be woefully deficient in one aspect of its story. It has not held the FBI’s feet to the fire to get the answers that are crucial for us to begin to understand what happened.
I was talking to a lawyer yesterday about the FBI and the Tobashev killing and he replied after listening to me for a bit: “What happened to Whitey Bulger?” I immediately knew what he meant. I’ve wandered off track again. So it’s best I get back on the job especially since the jury will start to be impaneled in less than a week.
Here’s what’s just happened. The prosecutor and defense counsel have filed dueling witness lists. On the basis of numbers alone the prosecutor’s 83 names of witnesses it intends to call is 5 more than the number the defendant proposes to call. But, the prosecutor indicated that it may not call all 83 while the defendant reserved the right to call more than his 78 or, like the prosecutor, to call less.
Scanning the prosecutors list one has difficulty restraining a yawn. The prosecution side of the case can always be tedious because you don’t have many witnesses who have some character to them. You must go through all the steps of trying to build a case by laying brick after brick to establish each of the elements of each crime charged; the defense has more fun in trying to pull the bricks out after the prosecutor puts them in trying to weaken the building.
Roughly speaking there will be only a handful of prosecution witnesses worth listening to. But before I tell who they are, I hope I’m not going to see in this case what I saw in John Connolly’s which was the prosecutor asking leading questions throughout his examination of his witness limiting his witnesses to a simple yes or no answer. I hope Carney and Brennan (C&B) make the witnesses testify and not let the prosecutor testify for them.
Margaret Hartmann in the New York Magazine sets it out pretty concisely and well: “The report last week that FBI agents shot and killed Ibragim Todashev just as he was about to sign a confession implicating himself and Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in an unsolved 2011 triple-homicide was already pretty bizarre, and on Wednesday night it got even weirder.”
FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said: “The FBI takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents and as such we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally. The review process is thorough and objective and conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”
FBI spokesman Bresson added “the department can not confirm details of the investigation while it remains active.”
The FBI internal investigation into why Mark Rossetti a man believed to have been involved in up to six homicides and was a Mafia capo was a Top Echelon Informant began in the summer of 2011. It is still continuing over 20 months later.
How long will this investigation take? Perhaps this is the reason for the delay.
Margaret Hartmann now reports: “ law enforcement sources tell the Washington Post that Todashev was actually unarmed” She continues: “Two officials confirmed to the Post that Todashev was unarmed, and one said that he lunged at the agent and overturned a table. An official told the Wall Street Journal that the agent was possibly cut by a piece of furniture during the altercation, and the knife story might have been sparked by confusion about a decorative samurai sword that was hanging on the wall.”
Sounds logical, doesn’t it. There’s a room with upwards of a dozen cops and a suspect in it and all the cops get confused thinking that the guy took a decorative samurai sword off the wall and attacked an FBI agent and only later realized the sword was not removed from the wall.
The New York FBI brought John Bologna into its fold and protected him. His story is told by a reporter from far out in the west of Massachusetts, Stephanie Barry of the Springfield Republican newspaper. She has been covering the 2003 murder of Alfredo “Big Al” Bruno who was born in Bracigliano, Italy, and worked his way up to be the Mafia kingpin in the Springfield area.
Bruno was the frequent racquetball partner of the Hampden County DA Matty Ryan. Matty used to show up every year at the State House at the DA budget hearings and yell and scream at the legislators claiming that they were not properly funding his office. When the budget came out they proved his point.
Stephanie Barry reported that the prosecutors filed a 34-page summary that “offers a fascinating picture of a mobster whom investigators have previously gone to great lengths to protect.” Unlike with the Whitey/Connolly/Flemmi relationship, we aren’t informed of the identity of the FBI handlers of Bologna.
Court records submitted in advance of his sentencing document Bologna was an informant for 17 years, longer than Whitey, while ascending through the ranks of the Gambino, then the Genovese crime families. He ultimately landed in the latter’s inner circle. Bologna helped plot murders, orchestrated shakedowns and manipulated the entire crime landscape in Greater Springfield from 2001 to 2003 according to the prosecutors.
As a long-time associate of the Gambino Mafia Organized Crime Family from the 1970s to the 1990s he helped run large-scale bookmaking operations and aided in the corrupt control of the garbage industry. He switched teams to align with Genovese Mafia family boss Arthur “Artie” Nigro in 1999.
It’s a Russian gangster who had been involved in a murder or two who has been protected by the FBI for many years. Another FBI Top Echelon Informant; another matter the FBI will have “to investigate.”
“Tune in tonight to “World News With Diane Sawyer” at 6:30 p.m. ET and “Nightline” 12:35 a.m. ET for ABC News’ full investigation into The Murder, The Mobster and the FBI.”
I’ve shown how the theory that it was on the anniversary of 9/11 that the three men were murdered on Waltham and given the significance of that date that the murders was probably done by a person who was a Muslim extremist was wrong because the murders took place on 9/12. Since that post some have suggested that the murder did take place on 9/11 and the bodies were discovered on 9/12. That may be the case and not having the evidence I can not answer that.
However the reason I don’t believe it had anything to do with 9/11/2001 is that an anniversary attack meant as a follow up to a famous event will not be done in secret. It will be publicized as being a follow up to the earlier event. If not, why do it?
The FBi though has to connect Tamerlan Tsarnaev into the triple homicide even though the theory of a connection to 9/11/2001 doesn’t follow because his friend Ibragim Todashev was killed by an FBI agent.
Without Tamerlan you can’t have Todashev. This is because we’ve been informed by the media of this strange story. That upwards of a dozen law enforcement officials
raided the apartment went to the apartment of Todashev and while there he confessed to murdering three people in Waltham.
Now here’s a strange thing from my perspective. A confession is valid and admissible into evidence whether it is verbal or written. If I go up to a cop and tell him that I was the one who held up the liquor store the previous night the cop can arrest me and testify as to what I told him. Of course, if there were two cops there when I confessed that would be better and make the case stronger. If I went into the police station at a change of shift and confessed that in front of 12 cops that would be super as far as any prosecutor was concerned. Well that’s what we are told Todashev did.
Those who have closely followed these matters know that what happened in the Whitey case with John Connolly was supposed to be an outlier. We were told it was one in those once in a lifetime events. It was pointed out that one of the major things was the happenstance that both were boyhood friends. We were supposed to overlook the eleven years in age that separated them. You knew they grew up in South Boston, and you’ve heard all about that place, Southie, which the prosecutor said was one of the reasons for Connolly’s downfall.
You understand that the result of their working together was the reputation of the FBI was unfairly shredded. However we were comforted to understand that once this rogue agent Connolly was rounded up and corralled things would go back to normal. The fetid atmosphere of the FBI Boston office caused by Connolly having been exposed would be cleansed.
It was back in 2002 that Connolly was led out of court shackled. We felt happy knowing we’d never see such a thing again. Books were written to tell us about this. One exclaimed : “The Irish Mob, The FBI and the Devil’s Deal.”
I’ve suggested the above story which has been handed down to us from one newspaper reporter to another on Connolly is basically false. Start with the boyhood Southie stories. They didn’t know each other until Whitey was in his mid-thirties. Go on to the idea that what Connolly did was something unusual, it wasn’t.
See Update At End.
The people who come here and comment are a source of many of my thoughts. A new commenter Jamie wrote the other day and said: “So then they figure if they implicate Tsarnaevs in the Waltham murder, that will strengthen their case (interesting how the deaths are put at Sept 12, 2011 in all articles prior to the marathon bombing, but it becomes Sept 11 once Tsarnaevs are suspected):” He then referred me to this site which was the obituary of Brendan Mess, one of the three victims in the Waltham triple murder. That obituary noted that the death happened on September 12.
This piqued my interest. I’ve assumed the date was September 11. It seemed I read somewhere although I can’t find it now that we’ve been taught that Muslim terrorists like to use anniversary dates to conduct other attacks. For instance we had the September 11 Benghazi attack in Libya in 2012.
To me it would be significant if the triple murders took place on 9/11, then one could reasonably infer it was some type of Radical Muslim manifesto. Here is the logic that I assume the cops were following to tie Tamerlan Tsarnaev into the murders. Sometime before those murders Tamerlan had become radicalized as a Muslim. He suddenly had a desire to murder some Americans. The best time to start doing that would be on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2011 which fell on a Sunday.
The day after the High Holiday of Socialism Tim Clemente a former FBI agent in the counter-terrorism unit appeared on the show hosted by Carol Costello. (As kids our Costello friends told us they were Irish. We only knew of Frank Costello & Lou Costello who were Italians. We never knew what side of the then important Italian/Irish divide our friends really stood.)
Yesterday I told how Clemente on May 1, 2013 spoke to Erin Burnett on CNN and talked about the Big Vacuum (BV) used by Big Brother (BB) that sucks in every American conversation and stores it for future use. It should have been an astounding revelation to any American but judging from the media coverage no one seemed to get particularly worked up about it. It is business as usual in 9/11 America and perhaps one of the reason’s the FBI can get away with stonewalling its involvement in the Tamerlan Affair.
I did suggest that given time to think it over his statement Clemente may have wanted to go back on CNN to retract his assertion about the BV. Here’s what happened:
Costello: “OK. Let’s turn our attention now to the phone call between Katherine Russell and her husband Tamerlan Tsarnaev. You said something very interesting on Erin Burnett’s show last night. You said that if Katherine Russell does not divulge the contents of this phone call, that the FBI had other methods finding out what was said. What did you mean by that?”
Tim Clemente: “Well, on the national security side of the house in the federal government, we have assets. There’s lots of assets at our disposal throughout the intelligence community, and also not just domestically but overseas. Those assets allow us to gain information and intelligence on things that we can’t use ordinarily in a criminal investigation but are used for major terrorism investigations or counterintelligence investigations.”