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Bush aids mob cover-up. (Insider Report).

In early December, President Bush invoked executive privilege to nullify a congressional subpoena "exploring abuses in the Boston FBI office," reported the December 14th Boston Globe. The House Government Reform Committee was investigating the FBI's use of confidential informants during its investigation of organized crime.

The committee was trying to learn about possible deals struck with suspected mob hit man Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi and reputed mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger. It was also trying to learn what the Bureau had known about the case of Massachusetts man Joseph Salvati, who spent 30 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. In 1997, a judge ruled "that FBI agents hid testimony that would have cleared Salvati because they wanted to protect an informant," noted the Globe.

To his credit, committee chairman Dan Burton (R-Ind.), who doggedly investigated Bill Clinton's abuse of executive power, has been just as outspoken about President Bush's abuses. "You tell the president there's going to be war between the president and the committee," Burton told deputy assistant attorney general Carl Thorsen. "We've got a dictatorial president and a Justice Department that does not want Congress involved.... Your guy's acting like a king."

True to his word, Burton has continued digging. Former California law enforcement officers told Burton's committee on February 13th that Mafia hit man Joseph "The Animal" Barboza "likely killed at least three times while in the federal Witness Protection Program in the early 1970s and won parole with the help of federal agents," reported the Boston Herald.

Ed Cameron, a former Sonoma County investigator, told the committee that the FBI's intervention ruined a death penalty case against Barboza in 1971 "and showed little interest in evidence that Barboza killed three others [in California] while under the government's watch." "I never got so much as a return phone call," complained Cameron. Barboza's perjured testimony helped convict Salvati for a murder he didn't commit -- and the FBI allegedly concealed evidence that would have exposed the hit man's perjury. "Barboza had the FBI wrapped around his little finger," insists Salvati's attorney Victor Garo, who spent a quarter-century trying to clear his client. In a June 22, 1998 article, "FBI Covering for Criminals," THE NEW AMERICAN covered much of the FBI-Boston Mafia collusion, including the FBI protection of Bulger and Flemmi and the cover-up of their mob executions.
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Title Annotation:President George W. Bush and organized crime
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 11, 2002
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