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  • Paul Castellano hit, 30 years later: The gruesome assassination of New York mob boss

    12/16/2015 3:32:44 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 51 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/15/2015 | JOHN MARZULLI
    Thirty years ago Wednesday, shots rang out in front of Sparks Steak House in Midtown, leaving then-Gambino crime boss Paul Castellano dead in the gutter, and signaling the rise to power of John Gotti who would soon become the most famous gangster in America. It was also a development, according to mob experts, that ultimately speeded up the demise of the five mob families in New York City. "It was one of the most singular acts that altered the existence of the New York Mafia," said Phil Scala the retired head of the FBI squad that investigated the Gambino family....

    11/06/2015 2:41:39 PM PST · by NYer · 76 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | November 5, 2015 | DAN NOSOWITZ
    Mulberry Street, where New York's "Little Italy" is centered, c. 1909.  (Photo: Library of Congress)“Don’t eat gabagool, Grandma,” says Meadow Soprano on an early episode of The Sopranos, perhaps the most famous depiction of Jersey Italian culture in the past few decades. “It’s nothing but fat and nitrates.” The pronunciation of “gabagool,” a mutation of the word "capicola," might surprise a casual viewer, although it and words like it should be familiar to viewers of other New Jersey-based shows like the now-defunct Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, where food often drives conversation. The casts are heavily Italian-American, but...
  • Hoffa: They Declared War on Us

    09/06/2011 9:21:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 6, 2011 | Ann Compton
    Teamsters President James Hoffa makes no apology for taking on the Tea Party during a union labor celebration, claiming, They declared war on us. In Detroit, before President Obama arrived for a Labor Day speech, Hoffa rallied the crowd, We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. President Obama, this is your army, Hoffa concluded to applause, his voice raising to a shout. We are ready to march. Lets take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America...
  • How Close Was Donald Trump To The Mob?

    07/28/2015 12:10:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 227 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/28/2015 | David Marcus
    Donald Trump is running for president. Many believed or hoped that the Donalds latest foray into national politics was nothing more than a public-relations move, not a serious attempt to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But now that Trump holds the lead in national polls, as well as polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, its time to take his campaign seriously. Media outlets like Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal, which are covering Trumps run as an entertainment story, not a news story, are making a mistake. If Trump wants to be a serious candidate for president, and has...
  • Leaked docs: SOD squad feeds NSA intelligence to drug enforcement plods

    08/06/2013 1:24:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | 5th August 2013 | Iain Thomson,
    It gets worse: DEA demands that enforcers lie about source of evidence Leaked documents have revealed the existence of a Special Operations Division (SOD) within the Drug Enforcement Agency that receives and distributes tips gleaned by the NSA to arrange arrests, and then hides where that information came from."That's outrageous," Tampa attorney James Felman, a vice chairman of the criminal justice section of the American Bar Association, told Reuters. "It strikes me as indefensible." According to documents seen by Reuters, SOD was set up in 1994 to deal with drug cartels and organized trafficking of narcotics, and uses information provided...
  • Italian Authorities Put The Financial Squeeze On Boss Of Bosses Matteo Messina Denaro

    06/16/2013 5:25:23 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 06/16/13 | Friends of Ours
    Matteo Messina Denaro, the so-called "boss of bosses" from Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia, has been a wanted man since 1993, and his days on the run may be drawing to a close as authorities seize the wealth -- $3.8 billion since 2009 -- that props him up as reported by Tom Kington for the Los Angeles Times: "investigators will not say whether they believe an arrest is imminent, but police have ramped up seizures of businesses they believe are fronting for Messina Denaro," and are hoping that he "could yet be betrayed by otherwise loyal entrepreneurs exasperated by...
  • Watergate Book: Richard Nixon Took Mafia Bribes In Plots To Assassinate Fidel Castro

    06/28/2012 6:20:20 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 11 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 06/28/12 | Friends of Ours
    Historian Lamar Waldron is out with his new book Watergate: The Hidden History which exposes Nixon's role as the liaison between the CIA and the Mafia in their failed plots to assassinate Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, and it was files on this subject which the Watergate burglars were seeking as reported by Thom Hartmann for the Huffington Post: As one of the Watergate burglars admitted, and Senate Watergate Committee investigators indicated in their secret questioning of Mafia don Johnny Rosselli, Nixon was worried about a Cuban Dossier of CIA attempts to kill Fidel Castro. Those attempts began in earnest in...
  • Italian Government Honors Mafia Victims; Warns Of Renewed Terror Campaign

    05/25/2012 7:33:30 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/25/12 | Friends of Ours
    Over the week Italy remembered those courageous souls who gave their lives in challenging the Mafia. Placido Rizzotto, a union leader killed sixty years ago by Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia, received a state funeral yesterday after his remains recently were discovered in a cave as reported by Alan Johnston for BBC News: "Italian President Giorgio Napolitano was in attendance to see him being buried in the place where he made his stand - in Corleone." And on Wednesday, in marking the 20th anniversary of the assassination of anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone, Prime Minister Mario Monti urged the country's...
  • Monti forms new Italian govt with no politicians

    11/16/2011 3:12:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/16/11 | Colleen Barry and Frances D'Emilio - AP
    ROME (AP) Italian Premier Mario Monti formed a government of bankers, diplomats and business executives Wednesday, saying the absence of politicians in his Cabinet will spare political parties the "embarrassment" of taking the tough decisions needed to steer the country from financial disaster. The 68-year-old former European Union competition commissioner and his Cabinet were sworn in at a solemn ceremony at the presidential palace that formally ended Silvio Berlusconi's 3 1/2-year-old government and the media mogul's 17-year-long political dominance. Monti faces his first major hurdle Thursday when he presents his legislative agenda to parliament and subjects his government to...
  • Mafia cash in on lucrative EU wind farm handouts, especially in Sicily

    09/05/2010 5:09:53 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 13 replies ^ | 05 Sep 2010 | Nick Squires and Nick Meo
    "It has been a matter of policy in the wind farm industry to make the financing of it both opaque and complicated," said Mr Etherington. "In all countries across Europe the customer is not told how much they are paying for it, and the whole financing of the industry is coming out of subsidy on electricity generation." .....Recent research by Kroll, the international corporate security firm, has discovered examples all over Europe of so-called "clean energy" schemes being used to to line criminals' pockets rather than save the planet. Some involve windmills that stand derelict or are simply never built,...
  • Anthony St. Laurent, Sr. is charged with soliciting murder

    02/09/2009 10:17:30 PM PST · by Cindy · 386+ views - DOJ Press Release ^ | February 9, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Anthony St. Laurent, Sr. is charged with soliciting murder A federal complaint filed in Providence charges Anthony St. Laurent, Sr. with solicitation to commit murder-for-hire. According to an FBI affidavit supporting the complaint, St. Laurent tried to enlist others to kill Robert DeLuca, who, according to the affidavit, is a capo, or captain, in the New England La Cosa Nostra (LCN) criminal organization. United States Attorney Robert Clark Corrente, Acting Assistant Attorney General Rita M. Glavin of the Department of Justice Criminal Division, and Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of...
  • John Gotti Neighbor Was Dissolved in Acid, Court Papers Reveal

    01/12/2009 11:50:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies · 4,768+ views ^ | 01-09-09 | Staff
    NEW YORK It is perhaps the most intriguing unsolved mystery from the gaudy gangland career of John Gotti: Whatever happened to the neighbor who accidentally ran over and killed the mobster's 12-year-old son and then vanished? According to papers filed this week in Brooklyn federal court, John Favara was shot to death on orders of the outraged Gambino crime family chief and his body was dissolved in a barrel of acid. Authorities said a cooperating witness identified Charles Carneglia, a 62-year-old former mobster, as the perpetrator in the 1980 incident. The court documents said Carneglia told another informant...
  • Threat Matrix: February 2008

    02/01/2008 6:55:58 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,614 replies · 19,265+ views
    Is the U.S. Failing in Afghanistan? It was malice in wonderland at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday as Bush Administration envoys insisted things are getting better in Afghanistan, while angry lawmakers from both parties cited facts and figures showing just the opposite. Even the senior Republican on the panel, Senator Richard Lugar, found the Administration's claims wanting. "I'm not sure that we have a plan for Afghanistan," he said. Long seen as the "forgotten war" eclipsed by Iraq in U.S. priorities, Afghanistan is in the Washington spotlight this week with the release of three independent reports concluding...
  • Russian Organized Crime

    11/19/2007 5:07:17 AM PST · by rwbusa50 · 4 replies · 58+ views ^ | November 17, 2007 | Stratfor
    When the dust settled following a bus explosion in Togliatti, Russia, on Oct. 31, few explanations emerged as to who was responsible for the attack, which killed eight people and injured at least 50. Although terrorism is a possibility, two leading theories place the blame on Russian organized crime. One such theory suggests that a person (or people) riding the bus was a target of the Russian mob and the other casualties simply collateral damage. Though this act might seem excessive, Russian organized crime has a history of ensuring that it eliminates its targets through excessive use of explosives. A...
  • Law enforcement: 11 public officials across New Jersey arrested in federal corruption probe

    09/06/2007 7:37:41 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 111 replies · 4,381+ views
    kfvs12 ^ | 09/06/07 | AP
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A law enforcement official says 11 public officials from across New Jersey, including a mayor and two state lawmakers, have been arrested in a federal corruption investigation. The official says the arrests are related to insurance contracts for local governments. The official says two Democratic state lawmakers, the mayor of Passaic (puh-SAY'-ihk) and the chief of staff to Newark's City Council president are among those arrested.
  • The Mafia Plot To Kill Dennis Kucinich

    07/05/2007 6:49:22 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 65 replies · 3,688+ views
    The Cleveland Free Times ^ | 07/04/7 | James Renner
    The Mafia Plot To Kill Dennis Kucinich A Former Cleveland Police Chief Finally Tells The Whole Story By James Renner The meeting went down at Burke Lakefront Airport in 1978. A small prop-engine plane owned by the Maryland State Police was parked on the tarmac. Inside was a sergeant from Maryland and "The Old Man," a professional hitman-turned-rat who was working with Maryland police in sting operations. Cleveland Police detective Ed Kovacic climbed into the plane and sat next to The Old Man. Kovacic showed him a photo spread of suspects. The Old Man pointed to number four, Thomas Sinito....
  • Reputed mobster in Florida is indicted at age 96 (Albert Chinky Facchiano aka "The Old Man")

    12/29/2006 8:16:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 2,725+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 12/29/06 | Curt Anderson - ap
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Carlo Gambino are long gone. Murder Inc. is out of business. Las Vegas has been so cleaned up it resembles Disneyland. And Havana? Forget about it since Castro took over. But Albert Chinky Facchiano, at 96, is still standing. And like Michael Corleone in The Godfather III, he is still very much involved in the family business, according to the FBI. At an age when most people are long retired and happy just to be alive, the reputed mobster was indicted earlier this year in Florida and New York. He is...
  • Feds won't retry Gotti after 3 mistrials

    10/20/2006 10:55:13 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 10 replies · 664+ views
    After three mistrials in a year, federal prosecutors said Friday that they will not pursue a fourth racketeering trial against John "Junior" Gotti, the legendary mob boss's son. "A retrial of defendant John A. Gotti on the pending indictment is not in the interests of justice in light of the three prior hung juries in the case," said U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia. Garcia said the court had signed prosecution paperwork filed Thursday "which ends this prosecution." Gotti was charged with ordering the botched kidnapping of Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, who almost died in the 1992 attack. Sliwa was outraged...
  • FBI Worries About al-Qaeda Ties to Mob

    10/02/2006 8:07:33 AM PDT · by Valin · 41 replies · 1,138+ views
    WASHINGTON, (AP) - The FBI's top counterterrorism official harbors lots of concerns: weapons of mass destruction, undetected homegrown terrorists and the possibility that old-fashioned mobsters will team up with al-Qaeda for the right price. Though there is no direct evidence yet of organized crime collaborating with terrorists, the first hints of a connection surfaced in a recent undercover FBI operation. Agents stopped a man with alleged mob ties from selling missiles to an informant posing as a terrorist middleman. That case and other factors are heightening concerns about a real-life episode of the Sopranos teaming with Osama bin Laden's followers....
  • Italy top Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano arrested after decades

    04/11/2006 2:46:13 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 603+ views
    Reuters | April 11, 2006
    ROME (Reuters) - Police have arrested Bernardo Provenzano, the head of the Sicilian Mafia who has been on the run for more than four decades and is Italy's most wanted man, Italy's Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.