Tuesday, June 28, 2011

How Does A 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Travel With Impunity?

Yesterday there were a few stories out with some interesting revelations about James "Whitey" Bulger, the Boston area mob fugitive who managed to stay on the run for 16 years in spite of being on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list. This one over at the New York Times has a bit I thought was interesting.

They said Bulger admitted traveling to Boston several times "armed to the teeth" because he "had to take care of some unfinished business."

"Bulger refused to elaborate on whom he visited, when exactly he visited, and who was with him on these trips to Boston," Kelly and Wyshak wrote.

"While Bulger also admitted that he had previously stashed money with people he trusted, he did not identify anyone who might be currently hiding his assets."

Bulger also said he visited Las Vegas to play the slots on numerous occasions and "claimed he won more than he lost." He also said he traveled to San Diego, then crossed the Mexican border into Tijuana to buy medications, according to the memo.

In order for Bulger to travel to Tijuana and back, he had to cross an international border. One would assume that US border crossings would be looking for all kinds of nasty people, including wanted fugitives. While I can understand they might not worry about someone with an unpaid parking ticket, but a FBI 10 Most Wanted fugitive?

Bulger shared that Most Wanted List with Osama bin Laden. We can only hope that this was an aberration and we won't someday find out that bin Laden made trips to the US back when he was on the list.

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