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FBI Takes Down Dozens of Mafia Wiseguys

February 07, 2008  | 

The Mob got hit today as FBI and Italian law enforcement agents made dozens of arrests following an investigation into a trans-Atlantic drug smuggling operation.

The operation code-named "Old Bridge" targeted Mafia leaders who were strengthening ties between the American mob and the Sicilian mob.

Officials say the arrests effectively decapitate the Gambino crime family. A federal grand jury in New York returned indictments against 80 reputed mobsters and reputed Mob associates, including 50 reputed Gambino wiseguys. Charges filed against the mobsters and Mob associates include murder, drug trafficking, robberies, extortion, and other crimes.

The indictments cover crimes, including murders, dating back three decades. People named in the indictments include John Gotti's brother Vincent and his nephew Richard. Another Gotti associate and Gambino soldier, Charles Caneglia, is facing five murder charges: the murder of an armored car driver during a robbery, the killing of a court officer in 1976, and three hits on fellow mobsters.

Others indicted include: Gambino acting boss John "Jackie Nose" D'Amico, underboss Domenico
"Italian Dom" Cefalu, consigliere Joseph "Jo Jo" Corozzo, and capo Nicholas "Little Nick" Corozzo.

Twenty-three people were charged in Palermo, Sicily, by Italian authorities.

"For those whose image of organized crime is that of 'The Godfather,' or more recently of course, 'The Sopranos,' today's indictment serves as a startling reminder that organized crime is not fiction," said John S. Pistole, FBI deputy director. "In fact, it is real, it is alive, and it is a pervasive threat to the citizens of New York City and New York State."

Many of the indictments stem from allegations of extortion in construction projects in New York City and surrounding areas.

"This investigation exposed the alleged grip that the Gambino organized crime family has had over one of the largest construction markets in the United States, from small private projects to large-scale public works contracts," Gordon S. Heddell, inspector general of the United States Labor Department, told the New York Times. "This involved the trucks that move construction material and debris throughout the entire New York City region-the cement that is poured to build house foundations out in Staten Island, the general contractors who are responsible for building condominiums over in New Jersey, and even a proposed Nascar raceway."

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gsosbee @ 5/27/2008 2:33 PM

Plea bargains (PB) are a staple in American prosecutorial jurisprudence.

After all, the accuser (the DA, USA,Etc.) enjoys (via PB) forcing the innocent accused to choose between the possibility of long or severe prison sentences
(or death) and lighter punitive measures allowable under the PB.
The fbi particularly use the PB to threaten the accused in order for the fbi to gain from the accused names and other information about other innocent citizens who may be outspoken against fbi/cia criminal operations. *Today, many so-called allies of the uSA begin to notice that the fbi and the cia presume to impose the PB practices on other countries for intelligence purposes; the problem that the fbi/cia encounter is that other cultures reject the oppressive function of the PB process because the accused should not be used by a bunch of torturers and assassins in the fbi/cia for political gain, or for purposes of world inhumane domination.For example, fbi mental dwarf director,...
"Mueller, who visited London last week, said a law banning plea bargains prevents interrogators from obtaining key information from suspects." (Stephen Grey:
Mueller clearly seeks to force upon the English (and others around the world) the same unethical and often criminal PB system used in this country. [ Note : In many instances the prosecutor knows (or has reason to know) that the accued is innocent, but the guilt/innocense of the accused is irrelevant when the DA or the USA seeks intelligence data from the accused.Thus, the actions of the prosecutor are theoretically more severely criminal in nature than those alleged actions against the accused].Many innocent men are in prison today as a result of the tyranny of the PB system.
*For Broader Implications Of fbi's Corruption Of CJIS SEE:

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