Maybe because "The Illuminati" can't protect them anymore?
by Dawn Hawkins
FBI agents in New York City rounded up 100 mobsters on January 20, 2011. This is the biggest mafia bust in New York City history, according to an NBC New York report. The raids resemble that of a scene from the 1990 movie, "GoodFellas". Charges include gambling, racketeering and murder, just to name a few. Four agencies were involved in the arrests. The FBI, New York Police Department, state police and U.S. marshals conducted the early morning raids.
A three state sweep netted 127 arrests total. Law enforcement in Rhode Island and New Jersey were also involved. Informants gathered information via recorded conversations with the mobsters. The evidence spans several decades of crime. The arrests netted members of the Gambino, Genovese, Lucchese, Bonanno, Colombo and DeCavalcante families.
This is one of the largest stings in FBI history, according to Eric Holder. Holder is the U.S. Attorney General. He refers to the number of those arrested as well as the number of crimes involved. This sting operation sends a message that law enforcement is not giving up the fight against organized crime families. The history of organized crime is extensive.
Organized crime in the United States began in the 1920's. Prohibition sparked the trend of organized crime. Al Capone made millions of dollars per year through illegal organized crime activity. Organized crime focused more on bootlegging crimes than any other in that era. The repeal of prohibition in 1933 led crime families to concentrate on other moneymaking ventures. Gambling, coercion, murder, money laundering and illicit drug sales are among the many crimes these families are infamous for committing.
Movies such as the aforementioned "GoodFellas" shed light on life inside of the Mafia world. "The Godfather", released in 1972, was a smash hit at the box office. "Scarface", starring Al Pacino, came along in 1983. This movie, like its predecessor, was a smash hit. Television documentaries covered crime families from the Gambino's to Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance. The popularity of these types of films and informative documentaries shows a high interest on the part of Americans to understand the inner workings of mob life. The popularity continued with the HBO series "The Soprano's", which aired from 1999-2007.
The latest arrests are certain to spark a new interest in these types of films. It is likely that these movies will begin to fly off store shelves once again as more people become intrigued by the lifestyle. There is a myth that the Mafia no longer exists. The recent arrests are proof positive that this is most definitely a myth.