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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Stephen “the Rifleman” Flemmi

WASHINGTON — The FBI has made a living off confidential informants. When it works — as in an apparent string of defused terrorism activities — it works well. But when it fails, it can produce a nightmare of moral quandaries and confusion.

The reliance on this often difficult to manage technique frequently raises not only ethical questions but serious legal challenges. It can also severely strain relations with other federal agencies stymied by bureau insistence on source-protection even at the cost of prosecution or thorough investigation. For instance, there have been reports that FBI informants may have played a role in the abortive Fast and Furious debacle over guns to Mexican drug cartels. read full story  Click here: FBI must learn from its Boston errors –