Friday, November 5, 2010

Info that would concern those calling into the FBI

My continued thoughts from [this blog post].

My Point, made quick:

Will the FBI, investigate those involved in public corruption in this case?:

The below found:

John Durham is a federal prosecutor. He is probably best known for leading an inquiry into allegations that FBI agents and Boston police had ties with the mob.<1>

In January 2008, he was appointed to lead the U.S. Justice Department criminal investigation into the 2005 CIA interrogation tapes destruction.<2><3>

In December 2000, Durham revealed secret FBI documents that convinced a judge to toss out the 1968 murder convictions of Enrico Tameleo, Joseph Salvati, Peter J. Limone and Louis Greco because they had been framed by the agency. In 2007, the documents helped Salvati, Limone, and the families of the two other men - who died in prison - win a US$101.7 million civil judgment against the government.<4>

Amid allegations that FBI informants James "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi had corrupted their handlers, US Attorney General Janet Reno named Durham special prosecutor in 1999. He oversaw a task force of FBI agents brought in from other offices to investigate the Boston office's handling of informants.<4>

In 2002, Durham helped secure the conviction of retired FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr., who was sentenced to 10 years in prison on federal racketeering charges for protecting Bulger and Flemmi from prosecution and warning Bulger to flee just before the gangster's 1995 indictment.<4>

Durham's task force also gathered evidence against retired FBI agent H. Paul Rico who was indicted in Oklahoma on state charges that he helped Bulger and Flemmi kill a Tulsa businessman in 1981. Rico died in 2004 before the case went to trial.<4>

Durham also led a series of high-profile prosecutions in Connecticut against the New England Mafia and corrupt politicians, including former governor John G. Rowland.<4>

It is expected that Durham will be appointed to lead the Justice Department's investigation of the legality of CIA torture techniques.<5>

1.^ Politi, Daniel (2008-01-03). "The Jump Off". Slate. /.

2.^ The Associated Press (2008-01-02). "Criminal probe opened over CIA tapes". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. .

3.^ Apuzzo, Matt (2008-01-03). "Veteran prosecutor takes over CIA probe". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. .

4.^ a b c d e Murphy, Shelley (2008-01-07). "US prosecutor's tenacity is rewarded". The Boston Globe. /.