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Sunday, March 12, 2006
THE "M" WOID
And just in time for The Sopranos!
This has gotta be the funniest headline this week ...
Mafia's Role in Ports Also Raises Concerns
Justice Department lawyers warned eight months ago that a nefarious element had infiltrated important East Coast ports, but they weren't talking about terrorists or Arab shipping companies.
They were talking about the mafia.
I thought that On The Waterfront kinda exposed that whole "nefarious element" in 1954 to those who had not heard of it elsewhere. In fact the movie was based on the Malcolm Johnson book by the same name: Johnson was a New York Sun reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for his series of 24 front-page articles in 1948, detailing crime on the New York waterfront. The series exposed what he called an "outlaw frontier," where organized criminals had a stranglehold on the ports. These gangs enforced their reign of terror through thievery, control of narcotics traffic, smuggling, shakedowns, kickbacks, bribery, extortion, and murder. They were allied with a crime cartel that Johnson labeled the syndicate--now known as the Mafia--that controlled organized crime in the U.S., including the powerful International Longshoremen's Union.
Old joke: Organized crime is only "organized" when compared to the government .
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