Fighting The Family
1976 Undercover investigation
became long term.
Italian agent became full member
of Bonnano family, as "Donnie Brasco," almost a "made man".
Authorized to commit crimes
-- but not violence. Being "made" required killing a mobster.
Had to pull out after 6 yrs.
Hoover's failure to investigate
organized crime despite 1934 RICO statute, until his death, 1972.
Avoidance of corruption?
Appalachia, NY late 1960s break:
FBI's Anti-mafia intervention:
troopers stumbled on national
mafia convention in small town motel;
proved national conspiracy.
Hoover was criticized for denying
existence of national mafia.
RICO statute required totally
new mode of investigation: pattern of crimes, not just individual crimes.
Obliged to send SAC Roemer to
bug Giancana's HQ, Chicago mob.
Mobsters sang in return for
1960s major jailbird testified
before Senate: Joseph Valachi identified members throughout US.
Fulton Fish market, NYC example,
LCN organization chart shows
which capi & soldiers have been convicted, hampering family as a unit.
Neil Welch (NY office) emphasizes need to continue.
Some adaptation by LCN, so FBI
must keep up pressure.
Union seamen fish workers in
FBI managed to get order against
certain individuals entering the market. Added inspectors to enforce
the court order.
LCN = La Cosa Nostra
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The Price of Progress
FBI using computers increasingly
instead of staff time.
NCIC data bank of crime stats,
fingerprints, files, info system
to solve murders (e.g. recreate crime with computer simulation of bullet
angle striking body, show inconsistencies with story of accidental shooting
by gun collector).
Privacy, integrity of data?
Introduced by Hoover 1967 but
depends on accurate input. Example of inaccuracy: Terry Dean Rogan's wallet
stolen by criminal, still having trouble with false entries referring to
him. Sued police because FBI puts onus on user of false info, not guaranteeing
White Collar Crime.
FBI says very difficult to hack,
no evidence of hacking to date.
But Schweitzer says easy to
get crim history by faxing friends inside; he revealed sources and methods
of getting FBI info in plea bargain with FBI.
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Bank fraud, embezzlement: $200
Bn cost to economy /yr. Recovered $3 Bn worth of property last year. Steal
10x more than street criminals.
1/3 of FBI staff time.
Having to use sting & undercover
work because white collar criminals clever. Cannot entrap, only act in
concert with criminals.
Ct ruled against FBI for posing
as hit man and setting up young man (Micheal) to buy service.
Waco siege killed 75 but FBI
cleared of blame and special agents received award. Inward looking clique.
Fedoras to Flak Jackets
nots by Nick Lancaster
The modern FBI came from
Hoover's vision. The FBI was the catalyst for a new breed of law enforcement
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The FBI’s jobs is to only chase
the most dangerous and wanted criminals
Violent crime grew in
the late 80’s and is now the number one crime
The FBI really grew and broke
out during the 20’s due to criminals and bank robbers such a Baby Face
Nelson and John Dillinger
Hoover had great pull in the
federal government and if you were to cross Hoover you would no longer
be able to find a job with the federal government (ex. Agent Shaw) . In
his late years Hoover became very authoritarian and prevented change in
during his administration of the FBI
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