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*** Book Review ***
Mafia Summit: J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob by Gil Reavill
1 posted on 01/23/2013 11:25:40 AM PST by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was behind the biggest law enforcement intelligence failure of the 20th century in repeatedly declaring that there was no such thing as the Mafia.

However, on November 14, 1957 state troopers raided the home of Joseph Barbara in Apalachin, NY where Italian crime bosses from across the country were meeting, and after the historic roundup even the good Director had to capitulate.

Following the Apalachin bust the FBI in 1958 released its so-called Mafia Monograph by which it at long last definitively recognized that “available evidence shows that beyond the shadow of a doubt, the Mafia does exist today in the United States, as well as in Sicily and Italy, as a vicious, evil, and tyrannical form of organized criminality.”


2 posted on 01/23/2013 11:31:33 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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"Anastasia’s base was the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn "

Elia Kazan's classic film about union corruption, "On the Waterfront", was based in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
3 posted on 01/23/2013 11:34:12 AM PST by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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Last summer, I passed through Nichols, NY, which is about 17 miles from Appalachin. That’s beautiful country.


6 posted on 01/23/2013 11:48:30 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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The local crime boss in Rochester, NY, from 1964-1972, Frank Valenti attended the Apalachin Meeting.
8 posted on 01/23/2013 11:54:59 AM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: Kid Shelleen

The Mob crime of the last century that got people so worked up is small potatoes when compared with the criminal activity from Washington DC that is commonplace today.


10 posted on 01/23/2013 11:58:04 AM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
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I’m guessin the ‘Rats didn’t like the competition.


11 posted on 01/23/2013 11:58:22 AM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Kid Shelleen; ml/nj; exit82; Liz; LottieDah; Impy; InterceptPoint; LucyT; Fedora; Eleutheria5; ...
How one 1957 meeting in upstate New York was the beginning of the end for the mob

Ever since John Gotti's conviction, the MSM and the federal government have been spreading a myth that organized crime in the United States is a phenomenon of the past. Down through the years, as some mobsters die off naturally or are executed or prosecuted and imprisoned, new generations come in to seize old and new opportunities.

The nexus between organized crime and the political world remains, with the lion's share of it in the Democratic Party as has been the case for a century or more.

As for Appalachin, it is true that it was an important historical event which changed the attitudes of many in law enforcement. But why do a book on it now?

12 posted on 01/23/2013 12:07:50 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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After Frank Valenti left Rochester in 1972, he was succeeded by Samuel "Red" Russotti, who had been his under boss. A power struggle ensued, which culminated in the A-Team, B-Team mob war. For a medium size city, Rochester sure did have it's share of mob activity!
17 posted on 01/23/2013 12:31:28 PM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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The significance of Apalachin was not the roundup itself, but in how it changed the way Americans saw the mob.... the Mafia was not merely a loose collection of rackets. The array of license plates ... at Apalachin showed it was indeed a shadowy national syndicate. “No one had really ripped off the veil and seen that this was not just a couple of isolated hoods, but a vast national organization,” federal mob buster and Mayor Rudy Giuliani would say... “Apalachin gave the first demonstrative, solid evidence that this was a very large criminal conspiracy.”

Yesterday it was the mob that law enforcement ignored and politicians were in bed with. Today it is the Muslim Brotherhood.

25 posted on 01/23/2013 1:54:47 PM PST by Albion Wilde (Gun control is hitting what you aim at. -- Chuck Norris)
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