The first proposed bill pertains to international travel of registered sex offenders, Megan’s Law, and the End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking in Children for Sexual Purposes Act (ECPAT). The second bill concerns federal confidential informants who commit crimes and a recent letter from a U.S. Senator to the current FBI Director.
Bruce Hulme, ISPLA Director of Government Affairswww.ISPLA.gov
HR 3253, the International Megan’s Law of 2011, sponsored by Rep. Christopher Lynch [R-NJ-4] was introduced on October 24 and referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
This bill’s stated purpose would be to protect children from sexual exploitation by mandating reporting requirements for convicted sex traffickers and other registered sex offenders against minors intending to engage in international travel, providing advance notice of intended travel by high interest registered sex offenders outside the United States to the government of the country of destination, requesting foreign governments to notify the United States when a known child sex offender is seeking to enter the United States, and for other purposes.
HR 3228, the Confidential Informant Accountability Act of 2011, sponsored by Rep. Stephen F. Lynch [D-MA-9] on October 14 has been referred to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
This bill would require Federal law enforcement agencies to report to Congress serious crimes, authorized as well as unauthorized, committed by their confidential informants, to amend title 28, United States Code, with respect to certain tort claims arising out of the criminal misconduct of confidential informants, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary.
This bill arises from the longstanding saga of the elusiveBoston FBI confidential informant mobster “Whitey” Bulger, recently captured in California who was implicated in 19 murders — and more recently from the disclosure of Mob Capo Mark Rossetti’s FBI involvement as an informant as reported in the Boston Globe. The letter below from Senator Charles Grassley [R-IA] to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III seems to tell it all.
“As a Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, I write to inquire about recent reports from the Boston area regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) ties with alleged mafia “capo” and “acting consigliore” Mark Rossetti as a confidential informant and reports that the FBI misrepresented Mr. Rossetti’s status as an informant to the Massachusetts State Police.”
“Mr. Rossetti is currently under state indictment for a multitude of crimes including home invasions, heroin and marijuana trafficking, gambling, and loan sharking. Additionally Mr. Rossetti was convicted of armed robbery, beating a Massachusetts State Trooper nearly to death and was a suspect in multiple murders and the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum art heist, the largest in Boston history.”
“Despite all these alleged crimes and the claim that Mr. Rossetti was running a ‘sprawling criminal enterprise,’ it appears that the FBI may have engaged in a long-term relationship with Mr. Rossetti.”
“In fact, as early as 1992, an FBI agent’s pager number was found on Mr. Rossetti and former Massachusetts State Detective Bill McGreal stated that an FBI agent declined to pursue a case against Mr. Rossetti saying, ‘we decided to pass on Rossetti” despite strong evidence from a cooperating witness.’”
“According to media reports, the FBI initially misrepresented Mr. Rossetti’s status as an informant to the Massachusetts State Police. An August 16, 2011, Boston Globe article titled “Sleeping with enemy, again” reports that FBI agents initially denied that Mr. Rossetti was an FBI informant prior to commencing their investigation into his activities.
“According to the article, the FBI agents denied that they were working with Mr. Rossetti and it was only when Massachusetts State Police electronic surveillance picked up conversations between Mr. Rossetti and his FBI handler, that the FBI finally came clean and admitted its relationship to the Massachusetts State Police.”
“Given the well documented FBI malfeasance in the Whitey Bulger saga, the FBI’s actions related to organized crime in
Boston deserve a heightened level of scrutiny. In light of these past experiences and the questions raised by local media, please provide answers to the following questions:
1) Was Mr. Rossetti a confidential informant for the FBI?
a. If so, when did he become a confidential informant?
b. If so, when was this relationship terminated and why?
c. If so, was he a paid informant and how much was he paid?
2) When did the FBI first become aware of Mr. Rossetti’s criminal activity?
3) What alleged crimes was the FBI aware of?
4) Prior to being made aware of Mr. Rossetti’s alleged criminal activity by the Massachusetts State Police, was the FBI aware of any crimes alleged to have been committed by Mr. Rossetti?
a. If so, were any of those alleged crimes felonies, violent felonies, or homicides?
5) Did the FBI conduct an internal inspection, investigation, or review by the Office of Professional Responsibility into its agents’ handling of Mr. Rossetti?
a. If so, when was this investigation conducted and what entity conducted the review?
6) Have FBI agents at any time claimed to Massachusetts State Troopers that Mr. Rossetti was not a confidential informant for the FBI?
a. If so, describe the circumstances of these representations by FBI agents and when they occurred.
b. Were FBI agents ever disciplined for making representations that Mr. Rossetti was not a confidential informant? If so, please describe.
c. Please provide a written statement of the FBI’s policy regarding use of confidential informants and any other informal policies related to criminal informants and criminal activity.
Thank you for your cooperation and attention in this matter. I would appreciate a response by October 31, 2011.