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Saturday, August 24, 2013

FBI team honored for bringing down the Colombo and Bonanno families

Busting up gangsters may be the stuff of a Hollywood blockbuster, but it's also the very serious — and dangerous — job of an FBI team known as C-38.

Led by Supervisory Special Agent Seamus McElearney, C-38 has been taking apart the notorious New York Colombo and Bonanno La Cosa Nostra crime families since 2008.

"The Colombo family has pretty much been decimated. They are in complete shambles and disarray," said Belle Chen, assistant special agent in charge at the FBI's New York Field Office. "The Bonanno family has been severely disrupted."

McElearney and his team, which is made up of one analyst and nine agents, spearheaded an undercover operation in January 2011 that led to the arrest of 60 members of the two crime families.

Chen described McElearney as the linchpin of the FBI's investigation.

"His experience and knowledge of the families and their culture was a key to the success of this squad," she said.

For their efforts, the Partnership for Public Service named McElearney and his team as finalists for the 2013 Service to America Medal in the Homelande Security and Law Enforcement category. The medal honors a federal employee who has made significant contributions to the public in the areas of homeland security and law enforcement.

McElearney was recently interviewed by Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose. He also answered the following questions about himself and his career in the federal government

What three words best describe your leadership philosophy?
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate. I'm kidding. The three best words would be lead by example.

What's the best piece of advice (or words of wisdom) you've ever received and who gave it to you?
"Stand for something or you stand for nothing." My father always taught me to fight for what you believe is right.

Who is your biggest role model and why?
My parents. As teenagers, they immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland in the early 1960s with nothing. My father provided for his family and demonstrated a tremendous work ethic for my siblings to follow. After my father's death, my mom became a pillar of strength for the family. Because of my parents, I have been able to fulfill my dreams.

What's the last thing you read and what's next on your reading list?
My readings are work related. The last one was "We Are Going to Win This Thing" by Charles Brandt. My next reading will be "Vinny Gorgeous: The Ugly Rise and Fall of a New York Mobster" by Anthony DeStefano.

What's your favorite bureaucratic phrase?
We need to cut through "the layers of red tape." Constantly trying to overcome obstacles to get the job done in a quick efficient manner.



  1. I am a Italian American a good person besides, iwhy is it that only people who get taken down are the Italians,that's all you here.how about the Russians or the bloods or the crypts so on and so forth.well maybe our govt is to affraid penetrating there turf.let me tell you a true story how backwards are govt is.long time ago is was a restaurant owner in the back woods of pa.99% of those people were German and polish decent.the sheriff of this town was a modem day cowboy ,the judge was high ranking free mason and the district attorney' a real drunk who would leave restaurants with an open bottles of alcohol.well to make a long story short they were all criminals.sheriff chasing the young girls in the town,judge who had no face ,and attorney who drank and drove.a true event which happened a member of there free mason mob left town on vaca,leaving there young kids home to party and caused major havoc and only to get a slap on the wrist from there free mason friend.another who crashed his car into a pole after using hardcore drugs only to be to to leave quick before the state troopers come,why can't I get help from a red neck cop like that.and many more if I had the time to tell.but the real cherry topper,one of these town cops were found shot inside there police station ( maybe he knew to much )hmmm.where was c-38 in this town or maybe they were hidden in the mason hall.live long and prosperous illuminati.

  2. The government should just find an unoccupied large piece of land and send all criminals there to fend for themselves and build a dome so they cant get out. Then if it gets out of hand. Just "Heroshima" the place. BOOM! Ofcourse while its being brosdcst on msnbc.

  3. These FBI agents use the Italians and the mob to catapult there own personal careers. .it's been going on for years, going back to Giuliani..and this is a pefect example once again. .they round up a bunch of Italians from n.y,max em out with "football number" fed bids then they get awarded a service medal and a big fat promotion..come on .10 years for promoting gambling,..20 years for a Rico case that 40 yrs ago would have amounted to a 5yr state case that the feds wouldn't have even taken..3 years for consorting with criminals .they got nothing better to do now..joke.