May 23, 2006, - 11:10 am

Desperately Seeking Jimmy (Hoffa)

By Debbie Schlussel
To all those who whine that the media focuses only on missing persons who are cute young White girls, your theory is proven wrong.
Jimmy Hoffa was neither female nor young. And not cute either. But our media’s fascination with his disappearance and government’s obsession with finding his body is unmatched by any Natalee Holloway hype.
In Michigan, searches and digs for Hoffa’s body are as common as Paris Hilton’s sex tapes and bed partners. And equally as fruitful, since despite all the tips of his whereabouts, Hoffa’s body has never been found. It’s the boy who cried wolf with a giant sinkhole of taxpayer dollars to go with it.

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Whether or not authorities find Hoffa’s body, how will that benefit anyone? True, Hoffa’s children want to know what happened to that father. But so do many other relatives of missing persons. And they never get the gazillions in tax money in pursuit of that quest. It is simply not in the budget.
This time it’s a little different. Instead of Michigan law enforcement running “the dig,” it’s the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At least 50 agents have been brought from Detroit, Chicago, and Washington to prod and poke every inch of the ironically named Hidden Dreams Farm in Milford. They expect to spend two weeks of taxpayer resources–an estimated $1 million–on this extravaganza.
I like a good mob story as much as the next person, but this is a ridiculous waste of tax dollars and an expanded FBI budget meant by Congress to fight Islamic terrorism.
FBI Director Robert Mueller, stung by pre-9/11 ineptitude, repeatedly claims counterterrorism is now his agency’s number one priority. Last year, Michigan’s FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel D. Roberts said the same in news stories justifying his quest for a new $65 million Detroit FBI palace.
Fighting terrorism should be the priority. But is it really? The massive, no-holds barred Hoffa dig says otherwise.
Hoffa disappeared 31 years ago from Machus Red Fox. And like the home in Detroit, the backyard swimming pool at a house in central Michigan, the end zone at Giants Stadium, and assorted other locations, the FBI will probably fail to find Hoffa’s body during this latest search. It’s an endless chase with no pay-off even if there is a pay-off. Even if they find his body, what purpose is served–30 years later–in doing so?
For starters, a lot of glorious FBI PR in the name of Cosa Nostra folklore. The agency’s image has suffered a lot, lately. At Zacarias Moussaoui’s terror trial in April, FBI Agent Harry Samit testified about how he tried 70 times to get permission to search Moussaoui’s hard drive and belongings, which might have uncovered the 9/11 plot. FBI supervisors testified that they still had not read Samit’s 25-page memo documenting his fear that Moussaoui was connected to a hijacking plot, which we now know was the case. Little has changed.
In Detroit, several indicted individuals with alleged ties to Hezbollah, long ago fled the country, under the not so watchful eyes of the FBI and Department of Justice. Going over every inch of a farm in quest of the Holy Grail of Hoffa’s corpse, gets our minds away from that. The Hoffa disappearance is a sexy story, but worthless in terms of justice served. It’s not the job of taxpayers to fund the FBI’s wish to superimpose itself on “The Godfather” long after that age has ended.
USA Today reported that Cosa Nostra organized crime families in America are dying out and largely impotent. Which is a bigger threat to our safety, today: another 9/11 attack and nuclear weapons from Iran OR the deceased Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone, Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano, and assorted other now-elderly or -dead mobsters who might have assassinated Hoffa?
Since the FBI–with this search–has sent the message that it doesn’t know the correct answer to that question, we should all be worried.
The Jimmy Hoffa goosechase should end. It’s time for it to be relegated, forever, to American mob mythology and the professionals who write “The Sopranos.”
America cannot afford to solve every mystery. Real life is not “Sex & The City.” You can’t always get “closure.”

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7 Responses

Is O.J. Simpson still looking for Nicole and Ron’s killer? Did they find who shot Tupac yet? Gary Condit and Chandra Levy? Falcon smugglers from the U.A.E.???
DON’T FORGET D.B. COOPER, THE IDENTITY OF THE SUBJECT OF CARLY SIMON’S “YOU’RE SO VAIN,” THE SECRET RECIPE FOR KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN AND DOVE BARS, ETC. FINDING OUT THE IDENTITY OF DEEP THROAT WAS HARDLY A THRILL FOR ANYONE BUT THAT SENILE OLD MAN WHO PLAYED HIM AND BROUGHT THE COUNTRY DOWN.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

SickBoy on May 23, 2006 at 4:21 pm

It’s just that the Hoffa Case is an old, voluminous unsolved case in the FBI, which was always the lead agency in the case and only closed it within the last four years.
They don’t investigate every lead at this point, only the probable ones. And the Agents and Lab personnel conducting the search and dig are assigned to criminal cases, not terrorism cases.
Terrorism is the number one priority and does get the lion’s share of the money and personnel, but it is not the only investigative responsibility of the FBI. And there is one chargeable suspect still alive.
THAT SUSPECT IS 92 YEARS OLD!
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

calbot on May 23, 2006 at 11:57 pm

Great article on FBI vigilance towards old mob guys. Once again the FBI has proved their inflexibility and ineptitude will be the downfall of this country’s anti terrorism defenses. What we have done since 9-11 is nearly criminal, increasing the FBI size and budget by over 50%, taking away terrorist financing investigations from the agency most equipped to do it (ICE, for merly Customs) and giving the FBI the suthority to come up with a new database “Sentinel” that has failed miserably (twice !). It all goes back to the old joke amopngst proud and honest Italians, the FBI stands for “Forever Bothering Italians” !

DaKnocker on May 24, 2006 at 12:16 pm

Hi Debbie, et al:
Years ago, when Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, it was reported that the day prior to his disappearance he withdrew a large sum of money (a million dollars, if memory serves) from the Teamster’s Pension Fund; now I can find no reference to that withdrawal.
Have I misremembered those events? Does anyone else remember that being reported?
It was largely due to that withdrawal that I always thought Hoffa was in S. America (or where ever) and reports of his death were a ruse.
Help!
Regards,
AWattsJr

AWattsJr on May 25, 2006 at 4:47 pm

Let me address only one minor point that you made.
Whenever a government agency is discovered to be either incompetent or derelict in their duties, they always seem to claim that they could do a better job with more money.

Loser on May 28, 2006 at 8:55 pm

WHAT ABOUT VINCE FOSTER?
No time went into that investigation. Did that just go away? Or is it just okay if a crime is perpetrated by a Clinton or a Kennedy?

TheIcePrincess on May 30, 2006 at 4:28 pm

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