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Deadly Alliance: The FBI's Secret Partnership With the Mob Mass Market Paperback – July 3, 2001

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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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380811936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380811939
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,571,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 22, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
~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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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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By A Customer on November 28, 2001
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Jonathan Harr wrote a book about a legal case involving early victims of a leukemia epidemic in Woburn, Mass. called " A Civil Action". George Cashman, head of Teamsters Local 25 and an alleged supporter of John Connolly of the FBI, lived in Woburn while Connolly lived in Stoneham, the next town. Spec Agent Morris of the FBI lived in Lexington, again adjacent to Woburn. Frank Salemme hails from Burlington, again next to Woburn. Sonny John Cincotti, listed in this book, is linked to Massachusetts Insurance Agency in Somerville and to an escort service but is backed by Gerry Angiulo. Whitey is said to have had a Woburn girlfriend. Somerville is 3 towns from Woburn and the Mafia induction ceremony taped by Sonny Mercurio occurred in Medford, 2 towns over from Woburn. George Cashman has been supported by Ambassador Paul Cellucci and is currently under probe for movie tampering. H Paul Rico hails from Belmont, Mass. a few towns from Woburn. Limone hails from the Medford-Somerville area.
In the early 1960s, just prior to the outbreak of the Mclean-Mclaughlin wars, Woburn was the fulcrum for a clash between forces: 1) Space industry, and 2) Defense industry.After JFK died, Flemmi emerges and 7-8 yrs later Bulger. And in the 1980s NSA establishes Boston as a recruiting center.
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By A Customer on May 2, 2002
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In this case we see how a covert operation can be carried out and its participants dispensed with when the job is done. The government is shredding Flemmi's family apart, turning relatives against one another. It seems plausible a number of players now prevalent in the Bulger case are in fact long term plants held in abeyance until the time is right, such as with Martorano and Weeks.
An acquaintance who has been totally destroyed since Bulger fled in 1995 has been approached by individuals claiming family ties to the upper tiers of local and national FBI managementwhile having been misled by the Justice Management Division of the Department of Justice. These approaches usually involve intimidation or extortion with the deliverers claiming FBI affiliation in the Merrimack Valley region of northern Massachusetts which includes a regional FBI office outside of the Boston office.
Has the Defense Investigative Service and FBI teamed up to squeeze a child of Bulger or a close friend of Bulger's to keep Bulger away?
Are Whitey Bulger and Flemmi's names being smeared to bringclosure to their roles in a covert operation?
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By A Customer on January 5, 2002
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Recently the Boston papers announced that John Connelly's case will probably not be heard in 2002-- 7 years after Whitey fled.
There is one individual with a link to Rocco Solimeno's business partner who has had nothing but a continuous succession of bad experiences, many suspicious, in the employment sector in Massachusetts and New Hampshire since this case broke.The former business partner of Solimeno was allied to Sullivan and Cogliano (personnel placement)the same offices where former governor Cellucci held his transition team meeting.When the Bulger case imploded, this individual,introduced to Solimeno's partner as a young child ignorant of Solimeno, this person became the focal point of blame in the increasing finger pointing in the Bulger case. It was as if the person had some hidden past kept from that person but known to insiders and when this unravelled that individual, now an adult, became a target for vengeance.This person knew nothing about Solimeno and had been introduced into this circle by state authorities.
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