Essay about The Fbi 's Current Policy On Informants

1793 Words Nov 24th, 2015 8 Pages
It is widely thought that popular people, celebrities or those with special needs receive preferential treatment. Whitey Bulger is an exception to these groups. The FBI gave him special treatment to conduct crime in any manner or form he wanted in and around the Boston area, in exchange for crucial information. This is not the true definition of an FBI informant as Bulger was given cart blanche in criminal activity. At the time it seemed like a fair trade, but they had no idea that a small time mob boss could turn into one of the most prominent murderers, racketeers and conspirators on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list, and evade authorities for almost sixteen years. Despite some of the valuable information gathered from Whitey Bulger that helped the FBI in the take down of numerous criminals, this relationship was not beneficial to our country’s safety and instead, provides us with reasons to not trust the FBI’s current policy on informants.
What exactly is an informant? It is a person who gives out useful information they acquire associated with felonious activity to the government, or Justice Law Enforcement Agency to be more specific (Special Report 1). The catch is, informants must remain in compliance with the law when obtaining information out in the field. Whitey has been notorious for doing just the opposite. He was chosen mostly because of his status among the city of Boston, which gave him the ability to be connected with all of the organized crime going on in his…

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