Gene Healy on Whitey Bulger and FBI Corruption


You'd hardly know it from the wall-to-wall coverage of the George Zimmerman case, writes Gene Healy, but there's another trial going on that's at least as worthy of national attention. That's the 32-count federal racketeering indictment against James "Whitey" Bulger, a Boston mob kingpin linked to at least 19 murders, captured in 2011 after 16 years on the lam. Bulger, a former "Top Echelon Informant" for the FBI, is a monster, but he's hardly the only villain in a story where "gangster government" leaves the realm of metaphor. As Healy observes, corrupt FBI officials turned a blind eye while Bulger committed murder and other crimes.