Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rev. Al was a snitch for the FBI in the 80s

Rev. Al was not alone in his snitching activities. We have had snitches among us since slavery. Many slave revolts were snitched on by African Negroes. We had snitch ass nigguhs during the Marcus Garvey era, Civil Rights, Black Liberation Movement down to the now. Here in the Bay Area they say Give Up Three and You Go Free! A US Marshall told Oakland Post Publisher Paul Cobb half the preachers are card-carrying police and FBI agents, like himself. The US has 16 different spy agencies. In the hood there are African Negroes who report of the Mood of the people. Then there are those who report on persons of interest. Rev. Al is in the tradition of the rats. We have rats here in the Bay posing as journalists, some are posing as Black Studies professors. We are in a police state, just know that!
--Marvin X

Rev. Al Sharpton worked as FBI informant, taping conversations with mob pals to help bring down Genovese crime family: report

Sharpton became an informant after he was caught on tape with a drug kingpin discussing cocaine deals, and the feds threatened him with charges unless he flipped and snitched on Mafia acquaintances, according to The Smoking Gun. In an interview with the Daily News on Monday, Sharpton disputed much of the report, saying he turned to authorities after receiving threats from Gambino family member Joseph (Joe Bana) Buonanno and others.

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014, 5:38 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 9:07 AM

Portrait of American religious leader and civil rights activist Reverrend Al Sharpton in his office, New York, New York, January 20, 1991. (Photo by New York Times Co./Chester Higgins Jr./Getty Images)NEW YORK TIMES CO./GETTY IMAGESThe Rev. Al Sharpton in his office in New York on January 20, 1991. Sharpton worked as an FBI informant during the 1980s, according to a report by The Smoking Gun.
He's had the titles of civil rights activist, presidential candidate and TV host.
But for a time, the FBI secretly called the Rev. Al Sharpton something else: “CI-7” — a confidential informant who taped mobsters with a bugged briefcase, helping the feds bring down members of the Genovese crime family, it was revealed Monday.
For four years in the 1980s, Sharpton secretly assisted a joint FBI-NYPD task force known as the “Genovese squad,” The Smoking Gun website disclosed.
Sharpton’s role as an FBI informant was first disclosed in 1988 — but The Smoking Gun obtained hundreds of pages of secret court filings and FBI memos that provide stunning new details of his cooperation. The documents depict Sharpton operating easily in an underworld of violence and corruption, helping the feds collect essential information.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  Rev. Al Sharpton listens as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (not seen) speaks during the National Action Network's annual King Day Breakfast, at The Mayflower Hotel, January 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. On Monday, Americans honor the birth of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
The Rev. Al Sharpton disputed much of The Smoking Gun's report in an interview with the Daily News.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  Rev. Al Sharpton listens as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (not seen) speaks during the National Action Network's annual King Day Breakfast, at The Mayflower Hotel, January 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. On Monday, Americans honor the birth of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
  • President Barack Obama and Al Sharpton
“Sharpton’s cooperation was fraught with danger since the FBI’s principal targets were leaders of the Genovese crime family, the country’s largest and most feared Mafia outfit,” said the report by writer William Bastone.
In an interview Monday with the Daily News, Sharpton acknowledged assisting the FBI beginning in 1983, but he denied he was an informant and disputed much of The Smoking Gun’s report.
The revelations come as Sharpton’s National Action Network holds a convention in New York this week that will feature speeches by Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday and President Obama on Friday. The White House had no immediate comment on The Smoking Gun report.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27:  Al Sharpton attends Def Jam Records Press Conference on August 27, 1993 at Shatto 30 Lanes Bowling Alley in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage) RON GALELLA, LTD./WIREIMAGE
The Rev. Al Sharpton at a press conference on August 27, 1993, in Los Angeles. 

	UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Rev. Al Sharpton (Photo by Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Rev. Al Sharpton.
The feds referred to the Rev. Al Sharpton in court documents as 'CI-7' — shorthand for Confidential Informant No. 7.
Sharpton allegedly became an FBI informant after he was caught on tape with a drug kingpin discussing cocaine deals. The feds reportedly threatened him with charges — although it’s unlikely any case would have held up — and successfully flipped him to snitch on Mafia acquaintances.
They saw Sharpton as an asset because he had “established relationships with (boxing) promoter Don King, various elected officials and several powerful New York hoodlums involved in concert promotion, record distribution and talent management,” The Smoking Gun said.
Agents gave Sharpton a customized Hartmann briefcase he used to record conversations touching on mob hits, extortion schemes and the activities of Genovese crime boss Vincent (Chin) Gigante, the cagey mobster who tried to outfox the feds by claiming he was mentally incompetent, The Smoking Gun disclosed.

Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, center, wearing bathrobe
Vincent (Chin) Gigante, wearing a bathrobe, is escorted to court in this Sept. 11, 1995 photo after being arrested in a massive RICO case.
  • Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, center, wearing bathrobe
  • 67 East 77th St., former home of Vincent "The Chin" Gigante
Sharpton had 10 face-to-face meetings, all recorded, with Joseph (Joe Bana) Buonanno, a Gambino family member. FBI agent John Pritchard, one of the heads of the squad, paid Sharpton in small amounts, the report said.
The information Sharpton gathered was used to get wiretaps to bug two Genovese family social clubs, three cars used by mobsters and many of their phones, according to the court records obtained by the website.
“The resulting surreptitious recordings were eventually used to help convict an assortment of Mafia members and associates,” The Smoking Gun said.

	circa 1935: Headshot of Italian gangster Carlo Gambino. 
Italian gangster Carlo Gambino, circa 1935.
Surveillance photos provided by the FBI to thesmokinggun.com in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.HANDOUT
Surveillance photos of Gambino family member Joseph (Joe Bana) Buonanno.
** ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, FEB. 3 **FILE**  Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, Genovese family boss, is shown in this July 11, 1997, file photo. More than 70 years after a bloody mob war ended with a peace producing New York City's five Mafia families, the heads of each crime syndicate are simultaneously behind bars for the first time. (AP Photo)   Original Filename: GONE_GODFATHERS_NY398.jpgMICHEAL SCHMELLING/AP
Genovese crime boss Vincent (Chin) Gigante.
Sharpton was referred to in the documents as CI-7, short for Confidential Informant No. 7.
In his interview with The News, Sharpton said he contacted authorities after receiving death threats from Buonanno and others over his activism in trying to get African-Americans more work in the business end of the music industry. “If you’re a victim of a threat, you’re not an informant — you’re a victim trying to protect yourself,” he said.
He acknowledged that his conversations with mob figures were recorded, but he denied using a bugged briefcase. He said he was never paid, but was occasionally reimbursed for travel. “I encourage kids all the time to work with law enforcement,” he said. “You’re acting like it’s a scandal for me to do that?”

Mafia Social Club -
The Triangle Social Club in Greenwich Village, which served as the Genovese family's home office.
  • Mafia Social Club -
  • Vincent ``Chin'' Gigante, Frankie Condo, Bruce Palmeri, Dominack Canterino
He said the role of his information in bringing down mob figures was vastly exaggerated.
“I was never told I was an informant or I had a number or none of that,” he said. “Whether or not they used some of the other information they got during that period for other purposes, I don’t know.”
But the report said that eight federal judges signed wiretap orders based on sworn affidavits that included information from Sharpton — including two taps of Gigante’s home, the phone of Genovese big Dominick (Baldy Dom) Canterino, the Queens home of reputed mob soldier Federico (Fritzy) Giovanelli — who was later sentenced to 20 years for racketeering — and the office of music industry honcho Morris Levy, a family associate.

Reverend Al Sharpton stands with US President Barack Obama after introducing him at the 20th anniversary National Action Network Gala on April 6, 2011 in New York City. The National Action Network is a coalition of civil rights groups headed by Sharpton. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGESThe report comes as Sharpton is set to stage a three-day convention beginning Wednesday that will include appearances by Mayor de Blasio and President Obama.
In his conversations with Sharpton, Buonanno spilled dirt on Gigante’s role at the head of the crime family, a hit ordered by Levy on Buonanno’s brother that was never carried out, and details of loansharking, gambling and African diamond-dealing schemes, according to recaps of the meetings obtained by the website. The bombastic reverend’s relationship with law enforcement petered out after the Tawana Brawley scandal in 1987, the report said.
Sharpton insisted his only goal was to draw out evidence about the threats against him. “You don’t just walk in to a guy and say, ‘Threaten me.’ You get in a conversation,” he told The News. “They may have said things that hurt them, but that wasn’t my goal.”
He called the report an effort to smear him ahead of his convention this week. “Where is the crime?” he said. “They admit that I never did anything wrong.”

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