Joe Bruno on the Mob — FBI Cuts Down on Mafia Squad

If you’re a made guy in the Mafia, or even just an associate, this has to be very welcome news indeed.

According to the article below which appeared on the website, the FBI has cut down on its agents who shadow organized crime figures by a whopping 25%. These cuts will leave about 45 N.Y. FBI agents to investigate nearly 700 mobsters and another 7,000 mob associates. Strangely, these cuts happened after the FBI, along with the NYPD, conducted a massive raid that resulted in the FBI mob busts of 127 known mobsters.

However, the question asks is very intriguing. Were the cuts due to a simple decrease in the FBI’s budget? Or did these cuts come as a result of a little arm twisting from the mob guys, who, of course, want less FBI agents crawling up their butts?

If you don’t scratch under the surface a bit, the second premise seems a little far fetched. There has been cozy relationships between the Mafia and FBI agents in the past. The most glaring example is former FBI agent John Connolly, who is currently serving a life sentence in a federal penitentiary after being convicted of “racketeering and obstruction of justice,” stemming from his relationship with James J. “Whitey” Bulger, Steve Flemmi, and the Winter Hill Gang in Boston, Massachusetts.

In addition, it has just come to light that reputed Massachusetts mob boss Mark Rossetti has been a FBI informant for many years, even though, as the reputed Boss of the Mafia in Massachusetts, he’s considered the biggest fish in the area for the FBI to arrest. This startling fact came to light when the Massachusetts state police put a wiretap on Rossetti’s phone and recorded more than 40 conversations between Rossetti and his FBI handler. In these conversations, it was clear to state police that Rossetti was being protected by the FBI from crimes he’s presently committing. Rossetti’s only fear was that if he were not arrested and his associates were arrested, they might put two and two together and come up with Rossetti being an FBI informant.

Now people might say this has nothing do do with the New York Mafia since the two instances above happened in Massachusetts. But the FBI is a Federal organization. FBI agents can be transferred to whatever states their bosses deem necessary. This cozy relationship with the FBI and the Mafia has also arisen in several other Eastern coast states too. Especially in New Jersey and New York. Big shots become rats, in order to put the little fry in jail. And the FBI is OK with that.

If nothing else, the FBI’s conduct in the 20-40 years concerning their paid informants gives the appearance of impropriety. Crooks are allowed to keep being crooks, as long as their tattle on their pals. Some even get paid for doing so.

I really don’t think the recent 25% cut to the FBI Mob Squad has anything to do with mob guys pulling strings. 127 mob guys get arrested, and then 25% of the FBI agents assigned to shadow the Mafia get cut. Nah, to me that’s just a coincidence. The premise that the FBI is being told what to do by the Mafia is too outrageous to even consider.

I hope I’m right, and that these FBI cuts are just a result of the government trying to save money in our hard economic times.

But if I’m wrong, I hate to contemplate the possibilities.

The web address for the article below is at:

Did Mafia Connections Trigger Agent Cuts After FBI Mob Busts?

Did Mafia Connections Trigger Agent Cuts After FBI Mob Busts?”Earlier this year, the FBI made an unprecedented bust.
The Bureau, along with the NYPD, conducted a massive raid that resulted in the FBI mob busts of 127 known mobsters and included 16 indictments.
The FBI and the NYPD held a press conference to somewhat boast about this operation. And boast they should. The Federal charges ranged from illegal gambling to extortion, racketing, narcotics trafficking and even murder.
It was an FBI mob bust that law enforcement could be proud of.
However, barely six weeks after the historic bust, the FBI began cutting the number of agents in its organized crime units by 25%.
This move has left many law enforcement officials and citizens asking…why?
Poorly Timed Budget Cuts?
The official reason from the FBI for making this move is budget cuts.
However, a 25% cut seems a little drastic; especially given the fact that the agents made the FBI mob bust only weeks prior.
These cuts will take away two squads, leaving three units to investigate the five crime families. According to most officials, this will be a nightmare.
Former FBI Supervisor, Lin DeVecchio, stated:
“Logistically, it’s very difficult for one squad of agents to work two families. There should be one squad per family. Even if you had to cut the size of the squad, it makes more sense to me have one squad for each family.”
Most experts in Law enforcement agree with DeVecchio’s sentiments.
Not everyone is on board with the budget cut line. One reason for suspicion is that the FBI was so ready to go public with their historic bust, but was being extremely quiet about cutting their squads six weeks later.
Not only does the quiet nature of the cuts bother many people, but the sheer size of the cut is cause for alarm.
These cuts will leave about 45 N.Y. FBI agents to investigate nearly 700 mobsters and another 7,000 associates. There are many who think that this move is in favor of the mob, and believe that the mob families themselves had something to do with it.
They maybe on to something.
According to Mafia chronicler Selwyn Raab, “New York’s five Mafia families have taken advantage of every FBI cutback.”
Raab cite the 1980?s cutback and the 9/11 cutback as clear proof. In both cases, when the FBI slashed the Organized Crime Branch, the mob families came back stronger and the Bureau was left trying to catch up.
Could this poor move by the FBI point to some underlying mob influence, or is it just a simple case of bureaucracy at its best?


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