Honolulu was apparently one of the cities where the FBI allowed informants to break the law during 2011, according to a document obtained by USA Today.
The FBI gave its informants permission to break the law at least 5,658 times in a single year, according to newly disclosed documents that show just how often the nation’s top law enforcement agency enlists criminals to help it battle crime.
The U.S. Justice Department ordered the FBI to begin tracking crimes by its informants more than a decade ago, after the agency admitted that its agents had allowed Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger to operate a brutal crime ring in exchange for information about the Mafia. The FBI submits that tally to top Justice Department officials each year, but has never before made it public.
Honolulu is on the list of more than 50 cities where the FBI reported “otherwise illegal activity” took place as part of its “confidential human source program” during the year.
The number of authorized criminal acts in each city is redacted in the version of the report disclosed by the FBI.
The report itself can be found here.