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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (July 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380811936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380811939
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A riveting contribution to all investigative reporters' true mission: digging up what the public has a right to know." (Boston Globe)

About the Author

Ralph Ranalli is a veteran legal journalist for the Boston Globe and has written extensively about the FBI's Top Echelon Informant Program for both the Globe and the Boston Herald. His coverage of the Boston FBI scandal spans more than 400 newspaper and magazine articles and earned a 1998 news writing award from the Associated Press. Deadly Alliance is his first book.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alain Fournier on January 24, 2002
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The first time I encountered the events described in this book was I believe on a 60 Minutes segment. The segment documented the relationship between Willaim Bulger a well known and successful Boston area politician and his gangster brother James "Whitey" Bulger. I remember finding the story interesting but not particularly intriguing. "Deadly Alliance" on the other hand I found to be endlessly fascinating.
This book deals with an informant program within the FBI called Top Echelon. The point of these informants was to penetrate and compromise organise crime, specifically the Mafia. These informants were criminal themselves who were members of the crimal groups being targeted or were associates that dealt with them in the course of their criminal activities. The focus of this book is on the FBI Boston bureau and two of its Top Echelon informants, James "Whitey" Bulger and Stephan "The Rifleman" Flemi, and on how the FBI turned a blind eye to their lethal activities and actively encourage and helped their accession in Boston's criminal world. The FBI agents also actively sabotaged other agencies investigations on their top two Boston informants in order to protect them and enhance the bureau's and indvidual agents prestige when they latter arrested many of the the same figures being investigated. With the exception of the informants of course.
Ralph Ranalli does a masterful job of going over the FBI's history and evolving philosophy that explains the creation of the Top Echelon program and how it was given leeway to act as it did. As mentioned above the focus is on the FBI Boston office and the handling of the Top Echelon(TE) informants James "Whitey" Bulger and Stephan "The Rifleman" Flemi but Ranalli also examines the FBI's relation with other notorious TE informants.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2002
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~This case raises many many issues. One is whether informants should be used completely confidentially. In a criminal case you have the right not to incriminate yourself and you are apprised of this right by the police. With informants, however, you can be incriminating yourself, even jokingly, and never know it because the informant does not have to inform you that your dialogue will be forwarded to their handlers. What is to stop an informant from making stuff up about a target, all the while~~ the target has no idea nor means to refute the assertions of the informant?
Does the FBI send in informants who themselves set up innocents to appear as the informants responsible for a bust? I know one man, "Bill", who worked at a company in which a former employee was busted by the FBI for a computer theft ring in Chelmsford,Mass and was befriended by another man who claimed to be "new". After Bill left, this 'friend' kept in touch and after a year of friendship divulged that they~~ were not new to the company following the FBI bust. After the bust,it appeared as if Bill was being set up to appear as the informant by this 'friend', who may have been the true informant for the FBI. This whole thing might be an example of an innocent being set up by the FBI to protect its informants.~
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2002
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An associate to be referred to as 'Pat' has been a target ever since Bulger fled. In the past few months, Pat has been approached by an alleged relative of alleged Bulger murder victim Brian Halloran. This relative seemed bent on establishing a rigorous schedule for Pat and had barely concealed hostility for Pat. Pat has suspicions that Pat might be a child of one of the informants, agents, or murder victims in this case and that it may have been leaked out deliberately or not. Pat has had all sorts of problems since Bulger left and was warned by a Cellucci/Bush supporter to leave Massachusetts when Bulger fled " or lose everything".
Governor Cellucci hosted his transition team meeting at the office of Sullivan and Cogliano, a recruitment firm with past ties to deceased Rocco Solimeno's business partner.
Many bad things happened to Pat after Bulger fled. Pat became the target of personal attacks, rampant unemployment, financial destruction and eventual homelessness, all following the threat of the Cellucci/Bush supporter's predictions. Is Pat paying the price for something Pat doesn't even know about their past?
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2002
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One might wonder what programs the government is currently operating that we will be shocked to learn of in the future.
I know a person, 'M', who believes they are linked to the Bulger case but this information was kept from them by state and state authorized personnel in Massachusetts. M was abandoned into state care and bounced around among abusive and neglectful foster homes until landing at the New England Home for Wanderers in Boston. While in state care M was introduced to a foster family.M was well treated and loved this family but they were limited in the help they would give.
In the early 90s, M wrote an autobiography detailing experiences in state child care,good and bad, with names and places changed to protect those involved while portraying the essence of the experience.
While in state child care, a medical issue that might relate to leukemia symptoms was noticed but the foster family and state-approved authorities refused more involved investigative procedures, while taking photos.
In 1995, Bulger fled and M's medical records began disappearing when requested for.M was maneuvered into what may have been a secure worksite staffed with government employees posing as normal employees of a Fortune 500 company in Massachusetts.This small group of employees took every opportunity to ridicule, harass, poke fun at M. At different times, each employee claimed to represent a different Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate as they harassed M. One person claimed to support Harshbarger, another Malone, a third Cellucci, and so on.
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