Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Good morning to all our friends:
James “Whitey” Bulger was convicted by a federal-court jury in Boston yesterday of numerous gangland crimes, including 11 murders.
The verdict delivers long-delayed justice to Mr. Bulger, 83, who disappeared in the mid-1990s after a corrupt agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation told him he was about to be indicted. He left behind a city that wondered if he would ever be caught — and even if the F.B.I., which had been complicit in many of his crimes and had relied on him as an informer, was really looking for him.
“This was the worst case of corruption in the history of the F.B.I.,” said Michael D. Kendall, a former federal prosecutor who investigated Mr. Bulger’s associates. “It was a multigenerational, systematic alliance with organized crime, where the F.B.I. was actively participating in the murders of government witnesses, or at least allowing them to occur.”
Mr. Bulger, leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang, owned and terrorized South Boston, an Irish American enclave. Portraying himself as a “good” bad guy, he secretly agreed with the FBI to provide information about La Cosa Nostra in exchange for the FBI’s permission to conduct his illegal activities.
In the end, he was more concerned about maintaining his reputation as a man who would never snitch on anyone or ever kill a woman, despite evidence that did both.
I mention Mr. Bulger not only because his conviction is big news; I mention him because I want to draw attention to the FBI’s misconduct and remind everyone that it is not the proverbial rotten apple in federal law enforcement.
Consider Exhibit 1, for example, which is Operation Fast and Furious by which the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has supplied firearms and ammunition to Mexican drug cartels ostensibly to track where they went.
The War Against Drugs has been an endlessly corrupting influence that has reached into virtually every nook and cranny in the world, including world banking.
Consider this article by Jeremy Kuzmarov, the J.P. Walker assistant professor of history at the University of Tulsa.
Thought for today:
On another note, yesterday was Erwin Schrodinger’s 126th birthday.
Is your existence dependent on the existence of an observer who observes you, which would ultimately be God, or do you exist in an infinite number of multiverses?
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