Is the FBI a Criminal Gang?
Will Bulger’s Arrest Uncover More FBI Corruption?
by Thomas R. Eddlem
“How sweet it is! Finally, after all these years! Caught?… You want to threaten me?… You want to threaten to pick me off from the cemetery across the street from my house now? Who’s laughing now, Whitey?”
~ WRKO-Boston radio talk-show host and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr
Nobody was happier to hear of the arrest of Boston Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger on June 22 than Boston radio talk show host and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr, who had reportedly been on a Bulger assassination list when Bulger was on his spree. (Only the fact that Carr came out of his house with his little daughter prevented triggerman Kevin Weeks from putting the outspoken columnist and top-rated talk-show host in the grave.)
But the FBI may not have been so happy to hear Bulger was finally in federal custody, as new corruption revelations may create additional shock waves through the FBI.
Bulger had inducted several top FBI agents in the Boston office into his gang, and used the FBI as his enforcement arm to eliminate his rivals within his own Winter Hill Gang and in the Italian La Cosa Nostra (Mafia). According to his indictment, Bulger’s gang committed at least 19 murders in a spree that lasted from 1965-1994. He spent 16 years evading federal officials, some of whom may never have wanted him to have been captured alive. Two FBI agents were eventually convicted of crimes related to helping Bulger commit murder, H. Paul Rico (who died in prison in 2004) and John Connolly (who will soon be transferred from a federal prison where he’s serving time for a RICO conviction to Florida to serve 40 years for a murder charge).