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Friday, July 27, 2007

"I would suggest to you that that is isolated"

FBI Director Robert Mueller believes the criminality of Boston's FBI office, reflected in the decision to make taxpayers spend $101.7 million to atone for that lawlessness, is an isolated incident. The facts suggest otherwise.

Mueller was testifying before Congress during an agency oversight hearing. Ironically, he was more forthright in characterizing the behavior of his boss, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, in effect saying Gonzales lied to Congress in testimony about the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping efforts.
"I would suggest to you that that is isolated. Day in and day out over the years, FBI agents have been undertaking investigations and done them lawfully."
Mueller, who was an assistant US Attorney in Boston under Bill Weld in the 1980s, was less than forthcoming in his description of the Boston office's behavior in those years.

At that time, as anyone with even minimal knowledge of Boston's crime scene knows, the FBI had two snitches -- named Whitey Bulger and Stevie "The Rifleman" Flemmi. They were controlled by Special Agent John Connolly, who retired in 1991 and was convicted 11 years later of racketeering, obstruction of justice, and lying to an FBI agent.

(And interesting factoid I learned today -- Stevie Flemmi's brother Vincent "Jimmie the Bear" Flemmi was involved in the set-up of Teddie Deegan, whose murdered was falsely pinned onto the Joseph Salvati, Peter Limone and two other men who, along with their families, will be on the receiving end of the taxpayers' payment for FBI crimes.)

It can hardly be overstated: the FBI gave free rein to men to murder, run rackets and do as they please in exchange for their cooperation in ratting out their rivals -- Raymond L.S. Patriarca and Gennaro Angiulo. In effect, the FBI decided the law was flexible to achieve their obsessive pursuits of their narrowly defined goals of "justice."

The similarity to today's FBI and Justice Department is stark. Laws (and constitutional guarantees) are being broken in the Bush administration's pursuit, not of terrorists but of the unitary executive.

Today's criminals include Gonzales, who has clearly perjured himself. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are also complicit in perverting the Constitution in pursuit of their version of the White Whale -- all the while leaving America more vulnerable to the problem they claim to be working to solve.

Mueller should join the parade of Bush administration officials who should step down and disappear because they have dishonored themselves and this nation.

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