In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct 31, 2011 / 3 Mar-Cheshvan 5772

The FBI is burned by its Boston informants

By Dan K. Thomasson

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The FBI has made a living off of confidential informants. When it works -- as in an apparent string of defused terrorism activities -- it works well. But when it fails, it can produce a nightmare of moral quandaries and confusion.

The reliance on this often difficult to manage technique frequently raises not only ethical questions but serious legal challenges. It can also severely strain relations with other federal agencies stymied by bureau insistence on source-protection even at the cost of prosecution or thorough investigation. For instance, there have been reports that FBI informants may have played a role in the abortive Fast and Furious debacle over guns to Mexican drug cartels.

Those reports coincide with recent newspaper disclosures that the Drug Enforcement Administration, which is an FBI subsidiary, and other American law enforcement agencies have built up a serious network of informants at the top levels of the cartels while keeping Mexican authorities out of the loop, fearing damaging leaks from a system generally considered corrupt. There have been spotty results apparently, and the informants continue to break the law including receiving weapons procured from sources in the United States.

The most infamous example of how the reliance on informants, often criminals themselves, can go terribly wrong was the FBI's protection of two of the nation's more notorious mobsters, James "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen "the Rifleman" Flemmi, Bulger's chief lieutenant in the Winter Hill gang in Boston.

Bulger was finally arrested this summer in California after years of being on top of the FBI's Most Wanted list. Flemmi was convicted on 10 counts of murder and sentenced to prison. The two had used their FBI cover while issuing and carrying out murder contracts and both were warned in advance by their FBI control that they were about to be arrested. Flemmi stayed in Boston but Bulger fled with his mistress. He had planned ahead for just such a development.

Both the FBI and the confidential informant system were badly tarnished by this affair and adding to that disgrace recently has been a federal appeals court ruling overturning a lower court decision that had held the government accountable for two of the Bulger-Flemmi victims in a civil suit brought by their families. Dismissed by the First Circuit Court in Boston was an $8.4 million judgment against the government. The appeals court ruled that the plaintiffs had filed their claim against the government too late.

The decision, of course, compounds the outrageous injustice of the case, in which one of the victims, Edward Halloran, had gone to the FBI for help when Bulger and Flemmi tried to enlist him to commit a murder. Somehow the word got back to Bulger and Flemmi and they had Halloran killed. But an innocent bystander, Michael Donahue, also was killed.

The court majority opinion -- one judicial dissenter said it certifies "uncontrolled wickedness" -- apparently is based on the fact that news reports in 1998 had quoted an FBI official as speculating that Halloran and Donahue had been slain by Bulger and Flemmi. The plaintiffs should have known this and filed their suits in time, the majority said. In other words, it was their fault that they didn't read the newspaper.

The two families didn't even know the FBI had been protecting this scum until 1999 when a federal district judge said the two mobsters had been conducting murders under the unofficial auspices of the FBI.

By the way, for some 17 years the bureau had been telling Donahue's widow that someone else had killed her husband. All this is a miscarriage of gigantic proportions, prompting another of the court's dissenters to accuse the majority of letting the FBI get away with murder.

Clearly confidential informants have their place in law enforcement, but only under the strictest control. The confidential informant agreement is not a license to commit crimes or to stand in the way of law enforcement. Turning a blind eye to murder to protect the flow of information makes those who do it accessories to the crime. The perceived worth of that policy of getting the bigger fish is just plain wrong. One can only hope the FBI has learned from Boston.

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