What do you get when a deconstructionist joins the mafia ?

An offer you can't understand.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Speech to Third Age Learning, Arboretum Guelph Nov, 2 2011

One of the main goals in the Legends of the Morgeti books is the context in which

organized crime operates.

Humanity is reaching a critical point in our history, in which it is

becoming impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys without a program, a

program the main stream media refuses to provide.

The truth of how interwoven organized crime is with business, law and government, is

terrifying in ways that the War on Terror doesn't even being to approach. In mafia

terminology, political, business policing and church associates are known as the Third Level.

As for the title of this paper, Legends in Lansky Land, the Lansky referred to is of

course the master money launderer, Meyer Lansky, ally of Lucky Luciano (the Sicilian

American boss of the America mafia from the 1930's until his death in 1962.) Lansky

outlived Luciano by 21 years, but it was it was they, more than anyone else, who

transformed organized crime from old world secret societies into Big Business.

Lansky's longevity ensured that every traditional crime organization in the world made

the same transition, which is why Chinese, Italian, Russian and other family-based crime

groups are all now run from within corporate businesses.

My attempt here will be to provide you with an overview of how that came about, while

offering ways out, through what I believe are genuine solutions to the predicament

humanity now finds itself in across the globe.

The subject families of my own books, who I refer to as the Morgeti, have followed the

same trajectory as the rest of the world's crime families: they began as Calabrian

villagers and over the last century have turned into inhabitants of the global village.

When they first arrived in Guelph at the turn of the century, they came to a town that

could not have been more pro-British Empire in any of its thoughts, words or deeds. The

business classes dominated the economy, workers had few rights an seasonal Italian migrant workers

were being extorted by the Camorra. The Brits loved northern aristocratic Italians; the shorter,

swarthier Calabrian newcomers had to fight to make a hold in the immigrant rich boarding house

world of Guelph's Ward.

The Village of San Giorgio Morgeto is itself named after one of the earliest of the

invasion peoples, the Morgezi, whose Syro-Arklddian king, Morgezia governed 2700 years ago, after

his father and uncle conquered Southern Calabria and eastern Sicily.

The Morgeti, as a mob group, have deep and proud roots in that ancient imperialism,

their secret codes are focused on respect for order, in which a percentage of everything earned by

any member below any other another member, moves up the ladder, never down, in return for

protection. The pursuit of “gold and silver” and the power that comes with it in mafias, as in

business, wicks upwards, while protection rackets trickle down. In a protectorate economy,

democracy is replaced with obedience to those without conscience intent on wicking the wealth out

of as many people as possible.

Leaving aside Guelph for the moment, the most important moment in organized crime

history probably occurred on the streets of New York in 1920 when a Sicilian born

teenager with a gang and who would later become known around the world as Lucky

Luciano, met a Polish Russian Jewish teenager named Meyer Lansky who was with his

gang. Both were having problems with New York City's well-established Irish gangs.

The two gang leaders from two completely different crime cultures bonded, and in doing

so transformed organized crime forever. As far as I am concerned we live in Lansky's

world.

In my first volume, I began with several quotes, one of which is from a speech given

by RCMP inspector, Ben Sauve, the former Superintendent of the Combined Special

Forces Branch, to the Italian Canadian Club in Toronto on Jan 19 2001.

Sauve was himself an Italian-born Canadian.

“I have often said and maintained, “Soave noted, “ that Organized Crime will never be

defeated so long as we have a democracy, and there is opportunity for power, profit and

control.”

I couldn't disagree more: the problem is not democracy but corporatism, and not the

spiritual corporatism of the original conservative Catholic theologians who came up

with the notion of nations in which the Church was one of four estates orchestrating a

balance of power between Rome, workers, nations and businesses.

The Corporatism I fear is more akin to the fascism of Mussolini, which he defined as

the merger of business and the state, and in which the church was reduced to the role of

keeping workers in line. Guelph's most famous political leader, George Drew, son-in-

law of Guelph's most famous singer, Edward Johnson, both thought very highly of

Mussolini and corporatism; it is a strain of conservatism that comes and goes

throughout Canadian history. We are very much in a pro-corporatist phase of

conservatism these days, here and around the world.

The recent occupy movement, which began on Wall Street and now exists in over 80

countries, takes as its core reality, the fact that 1% of the world's population controls as

much wealth as the other 99% combined.

In America, 400 people - 400 indivdiuals - control as much wealth as more than 150

million Americans combined, a fact first noted by documentary film maker Michael

Moore, when addressing 100,000 people who had gathered last March to protest the

agenda of the uber rich being carried out in Wisconsin by the republican governor, who

had campaigned on NONE of the anti-labour measures he was was then enacting.


Moore's 400 people figure was later confirmed by the CATO Institute's Truth O'Meter , a

fact finding service owned by the oil billionaires, David and Charles Koch,

brothers, who also happening to be financing the anti-global warming movement and the

American Tea Party. The truth o'meter noted that Moore was actually being

conservative in his estimate, because by the accounting of Truth O'Meter researchers,

those 400 individuals owned as much as 155 - not 150 - million Americans.


Curiously, the Truth O'Meter was the only main stream media to cover the fact that there

were 100,000 people occupying the capital buildings in Madison, Wisconsin. Given the

fact that the vast majority of main stream media is owned by a handful of corporations,

including oligarchs like Rupert Murdoch, it isn't surprising that mainstream coverage in

America, Canada and around the world was non-existent.

When the 1% don't want you to know something they don't tell you. Presumably the

truth meter thought they were going to disprove the fact, and published the truth by

mistake.

In Canada, over 80% of our media is owned by three corporations. Back in the 1970's

Senator Keith Davies headed up a Royal Commission into media ownership, one of their

chief conclusions was that conglomerate control of Canadian media would be bad for

our democracy. In our last federal election, triggered by contempt of parliament

charges, the Conservatives claimed they were endorsed by scores of media outlets across

the country: they weren't: they were endorsed by three companies. The free press in

North America has been driven to its knees by corporatists.

According to Statscan, before Free Trade, 10% of Canadians owned 40% of the

wealth, now, that same percentage owns over 60%, while half of the population now

owns just 5% of the commonwealth. If that doesn't sound like a racket to you, my guess

is nothing does.


The occupy movement had the same problem in its first two weeks as the protesters in

Wisconsin had, there was almost no coverage of the fact that tens of thousands of people

were marching in New York. It was only on Oct 15 of this year, when there were over

1500 occupy rallies around the world, that corporate media began their coverage, most

of which was, and remains negative, especially companies owned by Rupert Murdoch, a

man known to live outside the law and common morality in the consienceless pursuit of

profit and power. It is perhaps not surprising that when SunTv was being created, they

had a meeting with Rupert Murdoch, the same day Murdoch met with Prime Minister

Harper. The PM said he wasn't there to discuss SunTV. Since both seem to have an

interest in illegal eavesdropping on private citizens, perhaps they discussed that.


So what does this have to do Meyer Lansky ? Well Lansky and Luciano had been

mentored by a gambler named Arnold Rothstein, who advised them in the 1920's to

emulate JP Morgan, John Rockfeller and the Rothschilds, bankers all. Rothstein, who

was known in Jewish circles as the Moses of the Underworld, was primarily a

gambler, but he had realized as soon as the world's governments started making

narcotics illegal from about 1910 on, that there was going to be huge black market

available to anyone able to provide secure supplies to the addicts of the world, a large

portion of whom were former soldiers and their girlfriends trapped in cycles of

despair and criminal survival. Similarly, when Prohibition came along, Rothstein helped

Lansky and Luciano became masters of the trade, which is how they became allied to

Hamilton's King of the Bootleggers Rocco Perri. The RCMP had been investigating

Morgeti gangsters associated with Perri for their role in narcotics as early as

1922.

Probably the best description of what Rothstein's advice about emulating bankers

means, comes from a 1934 book (available through Trellis via the University of

Waterloo and on online via Google books) called War is a Racket by Major General

(ret'd) Smedley Butler, a two-time Medal of Honor winner, and a Quaker, who wrote

"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I

spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and

the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped

make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914.

I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect

revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the

benefit of Wall Street.

I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown

Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American

sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies

in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way

unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he

could do was to operate his rackets in three districts. I operated on three continents."

The wars Butler fought on behalf of American business guaranteed that the people of

the nations he helped subjugate, remained subjugated until well after the second world

war. Castro's revolution in Cuba was a war fought against American sugar companies

whose one crop policies guaranteed the island remained in the hands of racketeers. It

was certainly no accident that Cuba was the place Meyer Lansky chose to build a casino

before the revolution, with the help of the dictator Batista, (originally a communist but

easily corrupted into a gangster capitalist.)

It is also no accident that after the revolution, Lansky became obsessed with killing

Castro, so much so that at one point in the 1970's he decided to hit Prime Minister

Trudeau in Canada because he thought Castro would leave Cuba and attend the funeral,

where Castro himself could be hit. Cooler heads in the mob prevailed and the hit on

Trudeau was abandoned.

When Chilean President Salvatore Allende was murdered by General Pinochet's

CIA trained forces on Sept 11 1973, it was because Allende was planning to

nationalize the American company Anaconda Copper, which supplied IT&T with copper

for American telephone lines.

The death squads that Ronald Reagan's administration helped organize throughout

Central America and the Caribbean, were used to instill terror in populations trying to

define themselves by self-determination instead of by subservience to American Big

Business and its local collaborators.

Again during Reagan's watch, in 1986, Oliver North fell on his sword to protect the

President from a conspiracy to subvert the American constitution. The flaw in the plan ?

Buying drugs to sell in order to buy weapons to use to install a corporatist friendly

dictatorship in Nicaragua. The International Court convicted the US of war crimes for

Iran Contra, though no one went to jail, least of all Reagan.

Colin Powell's second-in-command when he was Secretary of State, Colonel Lawrence

Wilkerson, as recently as last spring, took up Smedley Butler's mantel, and essentially

described his own military career (which began when Reagan was president) as being

muscle for American corporations, and that the Bush-Cheney administration

deserved impeachment for their lies about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

The mainstream media may be deaf, dumb and blind when it comes to corporatist

racketeering, but there is absolutely no doubt in the minds of the occupy movement that

the 1% are global racketeers.

Back in 1934, both Lansky and Luciano were considerably brighter than the

syphilitic Al Capone, who, as Butler noted, controlled only three districts.

The world Lansky envisioned was very much a world in which their rackets

would employ muscle like the American Marines. In fact, that world came into existence

soon after the release of Butler's book.

Nowadays, we live in a world in which gangster capitalism has merged with global

corporatism.

Though crown chartered business enterprises had existed for centuries (think Hudson's

Bay company) corporate law began in earnest in the 1820s with its limited liability

allowances for investors, a developement that caused corporate businesses to spread.


An early court decision, however, ruled that corporations could not sign affidavits in

court because 'they had no conscience to bind them.”

In earlier business models, conscience and responsibility bound individuals to behave

both legally and ethically (within the ethical strictures of the age and places of the

societies in which the individuals operated their businesses.)

That lack of conscience is the fatal flaw of business corporatism, and is in fact the

weakness that allowed gangster capitalism to bond with it.

Before the G20, the largest violation of Canadian Civil Liberties occurred during the

Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. The strike was ended by the acting Minister of

Justice, Arthur Meighen who had told the Minister of Labour, Gideon Roberston to end

the strike, using a law not yet on the books, a law that was subsequently invented and

enacted after the Riots caused by the illegal arrests, for the purpose of crushing workers

rights in Canada, under the mantra that Bolsheviks were involved. Since the Communist

Party of Canada was coincidentally founded here in Guelph after the strike, the lack of

Bolsheviks discovered in Winnipeg, or in the movement, was evident in the names of the

founding members, most of whom were British trade unionists, none of whom were

Bolsheviks.

The conscienceless pursuit of profit is always accompanied by the conscienceless use of

political power.

Nowadays, there is so much laundered crime money in our economy that it constitutes a

significant portion of hundreds of industries, concealed rackets in every business

imaginable. The lack of conscience spreads into the entire society. We may have a

school policy of zero tolerance for bullying, but as a policy it is doomed to failure,

because we have a political economy that protects and celebrates bullies.


From the perspective of 'follow the money”, it is more than evident that the real unseen

hand that governs the international economy is that of organized crime, the hand of the

1%.

Corporate law as it is now written operates by the same set of governing principles that

govern secret crime societies, the conscienceless pursuit of profit before all other

motives. Such principles differ from civic responsibilities that individuals in

democracies share, which is why corporatism is always anti-democratic.
So how exacly did we get here ? How did Lansky and Luciano pull off the merger ?

Before America entered WW2 in 1942,  Lansky and his Jewish mobsters had gotten

involved in beating up American Nazis and disrupting their rallies, which caught the

attention of the authorities. When it became apparent that America was going to war,

Lansky had Albert Anastasia discretely blow up a ship in NY harbour to encourage the

Navy to seek mob protection against attacks on America's largest port.  The American

Navy then came to Lansky for help, not knowing that they were playing into his hand:

Lansky suggested to them that if that if they wanted to keep the harbour safe they would

need Luciano's support, since he controlled the waterfront (through Anastasia's brother

Tony.)

Luciano however, was in jail on trumped up Prostitution charges, and Lucky

wanted out, so the government made a deal. In return for the promise of release,

the mob secured the port from sabotage, after whch, no more attacks occurred.

When America finally entered the war, the Navy moved Luciano to a less regimented

prison, at which time Lucky urged every Sicilian in New York to provide the Navy with

maps and descriptions of towns, villages, ports, beaches etc as data in aid of a possible

invasion of Sicily.

Mussolini and the Sicilian Mafia did not get along, largely because Mussolini

was not a man to share power with a bunch of peasants in Sicily, so he waged war on

the Sicilian mob. No such war was waged on the Calabrian mob – the 'ndrangheta - as far I can tell. As for the third Italian mafia, the Camorra in Naples, they operated in

the most corrupt jurisdiction in the world, for the Camorra had been

born and forged in the Bourbon prisons at the time of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies.

British Prime Minister William Gladstone had noted in the late 1800's that the Bourbon

prisons were evidence of “the negation of God elevated into a system of governance.”
 

When the Allies finally landed in Sicily, intelligence forces were taken inland by

mafioso; by the time the Allies took Rome, the mafia and the American army were

working hand in hand from their base in Naples, where Vito Genovese the NY mobster

was working as translator for the Army as well as organizing the black market, under

a military governor named Poletti, who just happened to be an old pal of Luciano's.

Army intelligence got to Mussolini's papers with the help of the mob, and ferreted

the documents back to Washington, concealing the names of American fascist and nazi

collaborators.

Locally, there were three significant crimes committed in Guelph from

the pre-war period that speak to my theme of gangster capitalism and

corporatism. In the 1920's to 1930's, Mussolini's vice consuls in Canada took over every

Italian Canadian organization and made them into organs of fascism. One of those

clubs was the Sons of Italy, a meme they'd adopted from the Sons of Scotland & the

Sons of Ireland, immigrant aid societies. In 1937, a man named Sam Sorbara/Sam

Labatti was found murdered in ditch. Everyone in the Ward knew the truth, but no one

told it: his murder was never solved. His wife demanded of her children and their

descendants that they never marry Italians, never learn the language, and none of them

have, though they didn't know why until my book came out.

In 1938, Joe Nasso disappeared, his body was never found, the same people

were implicated, but no one came forward with evidence. Rumour has it that his body

was burnt in the furnaces of the forges of International Malleable Iron Co. whose lands

lie vacant and toxic to this day. The only clue to either murder I have is that the Guelph

Chapter of the Sons of Italy opened the day before Joe disappeared. I know that Joe's

son knows who killed his father, though he's never spoken about it to anyone. I also

know the older San Giorgiosi know what the Morgeti know, and that it had something to

do with a lack of respect. Joe Nasso knew his way around the boys in the olden days of

Domenic Sciarrone's time, and when you combine that fact with the reality that there

was no crackdown on the 'ndrangheta by Mussolini, my guess is that Joe Nasso's

disappearance was a political murder. He wouldn't have been the only Italian Canadian

who opposed Mussolini; many did.

In the end, the Guelph/Hamilton/Welland Calabrians who were interred in enemy alien

camps, were almost all Morgeti or Rocco Perri associates, and several of them had been

suspects in Sam Sorbara/Labatti's murder. And for the record, there were only 635

Canadese out of a total of 135,000 Italian Canadians who were interred, so aside from the Calabrian mobsters, over 600 hundred had been active fascists to one degree or

another, and some who have studied the records believe that one young man is

probably due an apology, though the senior, higher placed northern Italian fascists

embraced by the Empire Club in Toronto were not interned.


A third and earlier crime from that period that speaks to gangster capitalism and

corporatism, was a 1935 counterfeiting distribution trial. The arrested were Cutts Carere,

the Guelph boxer; Domenic Belcastro, (who would later be a chief suspect in Sam

Labatti's murder as well being one of the Morgeti internees) was well as a Hamilton

gangster tied to Perri's clan named Domenic Pugliese, a family that was close to the

Papalias and the Italianos. The last man was yet another Guelphite, also

named Sam Sorbara but not the man who would later be murdered.

Sorbara, Pugliese and Carere were convicted. Both Carere and Sorbara were Morgeti.

All of them said nothing about where the money had come from, and all them did the

time and came out with the thanks and respects of their mob bosses. Sam Sorbara moved

to Woodbridge and after the war became the wealthiest, and most powerful Calabrian in

Canada. His son was Greg Sorbara, Provincial Liberal Minister of Finance until the

RCMP investigation of his family holdings after Sam's death. Sam himself had been a

supporter of Mike Harris, and had helped Mulroney craft the apology to Italian

Canadians for their treatment during WW2, which to my mind was an attempt to

bury the role that some Canadese and Canadian politicians played in Canada's

fascist past. The Conservative Empire Club in Toronto had four speakers during the

1930's who promoted fascism as an ideology compatible with empire, the only speaker

they had who thought fascism was an extreme ideology was a man named Count Paul

Ignatieff.

Sam Sorbara died in 2000. His obituary painted a portrait of his jail time as that of a

poor persecuted immigrant jailed for stealing ten dollars, instead of someone put in the

peniteniary for passing counterfeit tens to Jewish merchants in a scam linked to the

Buffalo mafia.


Back in Italy, after Mussolini was beheaded in 1943: it took two more years to topple

Hitler, but when he fell, a lot of Nazis and fascists got to South America & the US,

where they found allies among Business racketeers.


In Italy, the Christian Democrats came to power, and became so corrupted by the

relationship of business, politics and the mafia that the entire society was corrupted.

A covert freemasonic lodge (chartered by the Grand Orient Lodge of Italy) known as the

P2, and which existed from 1945 until 1976 and beyond, was at the heart of the

corruption. The existence of P2 was proven by lists of members names discovered after

a raid on the home of their grand master, Licio Gelli, and its existence was later

confirmed by long time Italian Prime Minster Giuliani Andreotti, (known to some as Uncle Giulio; to others as the Godfather: he is the central character of the Italian film Il

Divo – the Star.)

P2 was created as a 'shadow government' to essentially wage a terrorist war against

unions: the bloodbaths in Italy caused the creation of the Red Brigade, which was

created to defend against the P2, the lodge was allied to the CIA and M1-5 and counted

Silvio Berlusconi, then a businessman and now current PM of Italy as a member.

The P2 also functioned in Brazil, Uraguay and Argentina, where the CIA was also higly

involved in trying to destroy the union movement.

It is no coincidence now that the 1% appear to be intently focused on destroying unions

in their efforts to destroy opposition to their agendas. Our current Prime Minister has

always been opposed to unions and counts Silvio Berlusconi as a friend, Berlusconi is

Italy's Rupert Murdoch, except far more sinister and powerful. Our PM also shares

most of the values of the Koch brothers,s ince the Alberta pteroligarchy is the only real

employers that two generations of Harper males have ever had, so it is perhaps no

accident that former PMO spokesman Dmitri Soudas was implicated during the last

election via an audio tape released by the Bloc Quebecois, as being the Boss of Quebec

in the eyes of the Montreal mafia, in particular Tony Accurso, one of the people now

under investigation by the Province of Quebec.

As a conservative, thePrime Minister's agenda harkens back to that of RB Bennett and

Arthur Meighen, which is to say, anti-labour and corporatist.
In the mafia code adhered to by the Morgeti and their allies, there are traditions

for the practice of False Politics, public faces concealing private agendas. That kind of

tradition is in part a consequence of being an occupied people; in the case of southern

Italy, communities victimized by successive imperial overlords. In fact, some of the

mafia's origins can be traced to brigandry, corruptions of the Robin Hood myths,

resistance movements that become oppresser movements once they seize power.

The mafia codes are all focused on the hording of money, particularly hard

currency: gold and silver. Before coming to Canada the Cuntrera's had been enforcers

for absentee barons and other land owning classes from elsewhere, protecting feudal

holdings, until laws banning absentee land ownership made it possible for them to

become the local barons. The code allows its members to do whatever is needed to

survive and thrive. Which is pretty much the same ethos used by corporatists: the

conscienceless pursuit of profit and power guarantees both their survival and their

'thrival'.

There is a working relationship in 'ndrangheta communities like San Giorgio

Morgeto and Guelph, in which individuals are allowed to choose whether they

join the Secret Society, or remain in the larger community; the price of having a choice

however, is silence about who is a member and who isn't.

The code of silence is as enforced in the Third Level world of politics and business

as it is in the world of mob soldiers, though cracks do appear, in the mob they're known

as pentiti, the repented.

Eisenhower's famous 'beware of the growth of the military industrial complex'

speech in 1960, is an admission by a pentiti: the Cold War proved to be boon for

military industrial racketeers and their enforcers, and bad for democracy around the

world; at the end of his presidency, Eisenhower knew it and had to say so. It didn't

change anything, except perhaps people's perceptions about Eisenhower; his presidency

had been spent creating the circumstances that has since allowed the military industrial

complex to take over America and much of the worl.


The Cold War was essentially a collaboration between big business, the CIA and

the mafia. In places like Burma, War is A Racket warnings not only went unheeded,

but local drug lords were given arms and airplanes to keep peasants in line from

becoming communists, but more accurately the gangsters crushed liberal democratic

influences among desperately poor people.

Needless to say, Wall Street and Corporatist Business once again profited by the

suppression of democracy in the name of fighting communism.

 
In Europe, the Corsican drug dealers (whose labs had created the purest heroin in the

world before the war) had to flee from DeGaulle's Resistance fighters after the German

occupation ended, because they had run security for the Nazis in the port. The Corsicans

fled to Montreal,  where Maurice Duplessis' Unione Nationale was just coming to

power.


While the Corsicans were hiding out in fascist friendly Montreal (the mayor had been

one of those interned for his sympathies during the war) they met Luigi Greco, a

Canadian-born mobster who fortune was favouring as the emerging boss of

the city at a time when Italian/Jewish/French Canadian/Irish Third Level protection

rackets were passing into the hands of the new generation of business gangsters, in a

province that would remain essentially fascist until the Quiet Revolution in 1960.

(It was also in the mid-late 1950's that the Rizzutos of recent Montreal murder stories,

arrived in the city, preceded by the Caruana-Cuntreras their main Sicilian allies in

Canada. The Caruana-Cuntrera's were so successful at marketing cocaine that they used

to show up at a bank of Montreal in a cube van full of hockey bags stuffed with cash,

cash the bank gladly accepted, no questions asked.)
 
As for the Corsican drug lords, in the early 50's, they left Montreal and went

to New York City where they were arrested, and imprisoned; but then, two years later

they were back in Marseille working for the CIA fighting communists in the French

Trade Unions. It was the same agenda as the P2. Eisenhower was president when all

this was going on, so no wonder the hero of the war against Nazism and fascism wanted

his own Smedley Butler moment.

The Soviet Union, which had staggered out of the Second World War with 6

million dead, was forced by CIA involvement with gangsters working on behalf of

Business racketeers, to close ranks around the psychotic Stalin, and before long, truth

and fanatsy were so entwined, the Cold War went on to last forty years.


All one has to do is follow the money to know who benefitted and who lost, Big

Business and gangsters won, democracy lost, because here we are now, with 1% of the

richest people in the world conducting the same rackets against the less fortunate as they

did before unions and democratic reforms made it possible for the have nots to have a

little. And even then, the union movement in America was infiltrated by the mafia.

American unions had never been communist. Up until the 1950's, Canadian unions had

largely been communist in the British tradition because of Tim Buck, but then the mob

and big business launched a full scale attack on Canadian unions, driving out most of the

communists, and leaving them branch plants (so to speak) of American internationals.

Hal C Banks, who became the boss of the Canadian seamans union in the 1950's had

been brought in from California to crush communism in the union, and he remains the

best example of how the mob was allowed to take over Canadian unions after the war.

And of course, once they were identified in the media as mob unions they were

discredited by the media.

A little closer to home, the most important mob boss in Ontario after the war, was a man

named Tony Silvestro, boss of the local Morgeti, though Tony lived in Hamilton, and

had family in Welland, Guelph, Toronto, Montreal and the Soo. He was a cousin of the

father of Guelph's mob boss in the 1970's, Frank Silvestro.

In the 1950's, plans for the St. Lawrence Seaway project were being introduced, and the

mob had plans for that. Tony Silvestro and the Morgeti controlled Welland and the Soo

where the ships would pass out of Lake Ontario and Lake Huron respectively on their

way to the Lakehead, reaching halfway across the continent, including Chicago, that

great black hole of corruption in the middle of North America. Container ships became

the best friends of smugglers, drug dealers, arms dealers et al.

There was one other major mob event in the 1950's and that was an alliance

between the American Syndicate and the Calabrian 'ndrangheta, or Honoured Society.

It was a deal brokered by Frank Costello the so-called Prime Minister of the Mob, and

Albert Anastasia. Both American mobsters were north Calabrian born, but with the vast

numbers of south-born Calabrians involved with local ndrangheta clans in Canada, the

States and Australia, Lucky Luciano wanted Calabria organized more than it was, so

they helped create the Mafia Calabrese by dividing up south Italy between three port

families, the bosses of Siderno in the East, Reggio Calabria across the Straits of Messina

from Sicily in the south, and Taura Gioia, north of Sicily on the Tyrhennian sea coast.

Guelph's Calabrian mafia comes from the village of San Giorgio Morgeto, which looks

down from the heights of a mountainous ridge known as the Aspromonte onto the plains

of Taura Gioia; so it became part of the Taura Gioia Group.

The boss of Taura Gioia however had been a cattle thief before the war,

when Tony Silvestro and his brother Frank were the most important Calabrian gangsters

in Canada after Rocco Perri, who disappeared in 1944, leaving the Silvestros and the

Morgeti the most important bosses in Ontario. (Frank killed himself in 1947 after a

heroin deal gone wrong.) Taura Gioia is now the largest container port on the

Mediterranean, and the Piromalli clan of the cattle thief remains one of the most

important clans in the Calabrian mafia.

Tony Silvestro died in 1963. Shortly after that a feud started between competing clans

over San Girogio Morgeto, home of the Morgeti but it was bottled up until 1975 when

it finally erupted – along with a series of feuds throughout southern Calabria, in what are

now known as the first and second 'ndrangheta wars. One of those feuds was fought

between the Facchineri clan, allies of the Piromalli, and a clan known as the Raso-

Albanese, who I believe were Morgeti. (the mother of Guelph's Frank Silvestro was a

Raso.) The wars of the 'ndrangheta lasted until 1995. The Morgeti were the most

important Calabrian 'ndrangehta clan groups in Ontario until Frank Silvestro's death in

1978.

The Facchineri now control San Girogio Morgeto, some of their allies there have family

in Guelph.

The Raso-Albanese now control a town south of San Giorgio.

In the mid 1950's, with the creation of The Mafia Calabrese, Quebec passed from the

hands of the Canadian-born Luigi Greco (a son of provincial Naples area parents) into

the more active hands of the Calabrian born Vic Cotrone, making Montreal part of

Siderno territory. Every mob book written about Calabrians in Ontario except mine, are

about the Siderno Group, led by the Toronto-based Commisso family.

Before the war, the centre of Italian crime in Ontario was Hamilton, where Rocco Perri

ruled until he disappeared in 1944. Perri himself had been born in the village of Plati,

which became Siderno turf after the creation of the Mafia Calabrese.

Siderno bosses began showing up in Ontario in the late 1950's early 1960's to

gather up the strands of Rocco Perri's non Morgeti allies, like the Papalias and

Musitanos. Welland, like Guelph and the Soo, remained Morgeti territory, and the

Hamilton Silvestros were subject to no one but Tony Silvestro, though the local families

with Siderno turf origins were sent Giacomo Luppino as their boss. Luppino's daughter

married Paul Violo, who was sent to Montreal to become second in command to Vic

Cotrone.

The Sidernese Commisso's came and splattered the newspapers with blood and

thunder while the Morgeti kept moving towards business-like respectability.

It is also at that point in the mid 50's that Joe Bonnano in NYC, sent Carmine Galante to

Montreal to whip the town into shape. Gallante, who had once murdered a socialist

journalist on behalf of a right wing politician was welcomed in Duplessis' Quebec.

The local Morgeti clans in Guelph, Welland, Woodbridge, Toronto and the

Soo, seemed to have lost some of their legendary status with Tony Silvestro passing,

though Guelph's Frank Silvestro soon became the best known Morgeti in the

province before his suspicious death in 1978, ten months after Paul Violi was gunned

down by the Rizzuto's in Montreal.


By the winter of 1978, the Sicilian Caruana-Cuntrera's for the most part had left

Montreal a few steps ahead of narcotics squads and had fled to Venezuela, leaving the

Rizzutos as the dominant Sicilians in the city, ostensibly still working for the Bonnano

Family in New York, Carmine Gallante having long since been tossed out of Canada,

and gunned down himself in a cafe in New York.


By the early 1980's the last of Violi brothers, Dominic, was shot through a kitchen

window while breakfasting with his sons. It may be no coincidence that the first

Rizzuto killed two years ago was Nicolo, the man who orchestrated the hits on all four

Violi brothers when the Rizzutos seized control of Montreal. Like Dominic Violi,

Nicolo Rizzuto was shot through a kitchen window with his wife and daughter in the

house. It is the job of ndrangheta women to nurture vendetta in their sons. Which is not

to say that Violi's sons joined forces with former Haitian Ton Ton Macquot death squad

members in Montreal to hit the Rizzutos, but the Montreal Rizzutos are now history.


Woodbridge, in Vaughn, the former home of the man I call the counterfeit Sam Sorbara

is very much home to organized crime in Canada; Morgeti clans still live there, and in

the 1990's police discovered that it had become home to Alfonso Caruana, one of the

Montreal clan that had fled the police in the 1970's. One of Canada's formost mob

writers, Antonio Nicaso, wrote a book on the Caruana-Cuntrera's that was called Blood

Lines, in which he refers to Alfonso Caruana as the Rothschild of the Mob. Sometime

after fleeing Montreal, the Caruana-Cuntrera's became students of Meyer Lansky's,

sending tainted money offshore, where it was sent back clean.

Lansky died in 1983.

By the 1990's Alfonso Caruana was not only orchestrating the largest international

cocaine ring in the world, but he was also running the world's largest money laundering

scam. It was, however, purely by accident that the police discovered that the Caruana-

Cuntrera's were once again living in Canada, since Alfonso showed up in some police

photos of a Toronto mob wedding and at first no one knew who he was.

Alfonso and other members of the clan were eventually busted in the first

globally coordinated narcotics operation in history. It also turned out that the

accountant for his car wash was Alfonso Gagliano, a Chretien cabinet minister.

Between Gagliano and Sam Sorbara, it was evident that even in Canada, False Politics

had no party, and that the goal of Third Level rackets was to keep the cash flowing.

The third major crime Italian Crime group, the Camorra from Naples, is also

deeply entrenched in Vaughn/Woodbridge and uses the warehouses of Concord in that

'city' for large scale consumer product imitation rackets.


The merger between gangster capitalism and global corporatism didn't happen over

night, but was negotiated over many decades. In 2008, Wall Street performed a classic '

shakedown of the American treasury, when George Bush Jr. transferred 750 billion

dollars to Wall Street bankers who claimed that the collapse of their cartel would lead to

global economic ruin.

That shakedown concealed the mostly now forgetten fact that the

week before, Dick Cheney had taken 650 billion out of the economy for his arms dealer

friends. When Obama became president Wall Street shook him down for another 750

billion, and gave themselves bonuses for a job well done.

As well, in December of 2008, the UN announced that 352 billion dollars in narcotics

profits had been successfully laundered into the international banking system, although

they didn't say how. My guess is that large parts of it was laundered through Berlusconi's

“no questions asked” Italian wealth repatriation policies, while another portion was

carried out of Afghanistan poppy fields in briefcases stuffed by our drug lord allies there.


The timing of the 352 billion dollar money laundering announcement

couldn't have been better planned to disappear off the media stream, because it occurred

admidst the uproar of the Copenhagen Cimate Change Conference. The uproar itself

had been caused by the billionaire financed Climate Change Denial racket that

climaxed during so-called ClimateGate scandal over an allegedly damaging cache of

just released university emails. Never mind that the contents of those emails were

eventually dismissed as disproving not a line of climate change science, the uproar

guaranteed that Big Oil would face no challenges to the hegemony it had maintained

over global geo-politics for the previous century. Never mind as well, that for the 'gate'

scandal analogy to hold true, then the crime could not have been in the content of the

emails, but in the fact that – like Watergate - a break-in had occurred, in this case the

break in of private emails (something we now know was a specialty of media baron

Rupert Murdoch.) Similarly, when the news was finally announced that the theft itself

had been traced to a server in Siberia, corporatist media buried the story with one

printing.

Climategate has never been identified as a theft (nor has Murdoch ever been

investigated for potential involvement in Climategate) nor has the fact that Koch

brothers have been identified as the financiers of most of the anti-global warming

movement ever been investigated by the main stream media.

So why Siberia ? My guess is because former KGB agents now work for Russian

mafiyas.

Which is all to say that in the midst of all that Climategate noise, it is not surprising to

me that the UN report on the 352 billion narcotics dollars disappeared, and with it, the

knowledge that such an amount had not only been laundered into the world economy,

but, in the words of the UN drug czar had, “helped stabilize the world banking system.”

Other than me, there didn't seem to be anyone else on the planet who had even noticed

the story, certainly no law and order politicians demanded to know where the money

came from or where it went.

In fact, the story would have vanished altogether, except another writer had

seen the article. His name was John LeCarre, and he placed his newest novel, Our Kind

of Traitor, within the context of the narcotics money laundering scam and the Russian

mafiya. It's all about business now. Arnold Rothstein's advice to Meyer Lanksy has

transformed organized crime into a global racket.

Hell, even Hollywood is in on it: according to Wikileaks, five of the biggest action

stars in America are shooting a film in Bulgaria; security for the stars comes courtesy of

connections the president of that nation has with the Bulgarian mafia.

Wikileaks is of course itself an endless supplier of evidence about how much the foreign

policy of most nations in the world is nothing but rackets within rackets. Some of the

most powerful banks in the world are doing their utmost to destroy Wikileaks and its

founders, but to the 99% er's it's all just more evidence of the corruption of the 1%.
 
American isn't broke, it was robbed by privateers.

Here's one last thought to scare you, back when the mercenary company Blackwater was

being created, it was given the legal right to kill without question, without recourse

for anyone to criminal proceedings such as those that military and the police must face.

Mercenary killers have been placed beyond the law, in a way that surpasses even

America's standoffish attitude to international courts & their actions.

The muscle that Quakers like Smedley Butler once provided, is now being done for a

profit by people without conscience and subject to no law but death.


The Lanksy/Luciano form of syndicated gangster capitalism has been

transformed into global corporatism. It all adds up to where we are now.


So what do we do about it ?

In one sense the doing is already happeneing: the gathering outrage that is the occupy

movement keeps spreading with every police action against peaceful protesters, so that

every day the will to do something is growing. And clearly, since the heart of darkness

for the last century has been American foreign policy - American corporatism - then

nothing short of an American revolution can uproot the corruption that is Wall Street and

its allies around the world.

Recognizing the problem, as they say in AA, is the first step to solving it. But

having recognized it, how do we solve it ? In a general sense, the solutions are already

well established. Canadian politicians like to point to our well regulated banking system

as the cause of our relative stability. I would argue that the fact that 11 million

Canadians are members of credit unions is far more likely the case. The Canadian

cooperative movement not only suffered no damage from the recession, it grew, it hired,

it is doing more than just fine thank you very much. The larger picture solution the

occupy movement is looking for are to be found in cooperative principles. Cooperatives

in the end will simply out compete corporations, because they are rooted in common

good, common cause, and genuine common sense. The power of cooperating consumers

to bring the reprehensible practises of global corporatists and gangster capitalists to heel

will only grow.

At the same time, I make the case in my books that since traditional organized

crime is family crime, we should use family law to solve the problems families cause.

The most successful socio-political proecesses of redress are found in Truth and

Reconciliation. An elder of a crime family would have to confess to the crimes of the

clan, would have to serve prison time; the family's wealth would have

to be placed into two trust funds, one that guarantees a dignified life for the

living generations, while the other trust fund would be used for

community problems related to crime, like drug and gambling addiction, prostitution etc.

Because of the Third Level nature of the larger picture: police, judges, politicians et al, the only solution there is, is the dismantling of corporatism. It's not impossible. In

fact, it's happening as I speak. Democracy is coming.

American military personnel have had enough of being muscle for big business

and they are joing the occupy movement as citizens, they are highly organized, and

decidely determined to make sure no one else goes to war on the strength of lies.

Global reforms would have to be made to corporation law in order to

preserve democracy, to restore ethical responsibility. I came across a book on Ethics in

the world of IT, the author discussed the ideas of John Rawls, who believed that

Greatest Equal Liberty is the essence of political ethics. The cooperative movement will

take care of creating Greatest Equal Liberty, but our democracy itself needs to be not

only restored, but deepened. My own personal belief for Canadian democracy is that the

PMO over the last few decades is becoming increasingly executive and anti-

democractic as a direct result of the re-emergence of corporatism. The lack of ethics that

led to the contempt of parilament charges last spring are a case in point: the PMO now

operates as a cabal. Cabinet governement, which began as the King's Council, has

become nothing more than a rubber stamp for corporatist agendas. Our elected

representatives have so little power now we may as well not send them to Ottawa in the

first place. From my perspective, the solution lies in a form of proportional

representation I call Fair Share cabinet, in which members from all parties become the

government, with cabinet seats based on proportional electoral results, leaving the rest of the members in the House as the Loyal opposition.

The very nature of political parties and power makes parties easily corrupted by Third

Level gangsters from the business world.

We must also change the nature of what a corporation is. To do that we must

reform corporate limited liability to mean shareholders can be fined or jailed for crimes

or 'shady practices' - rackets - committed by company directors and executives.

Non-voting shares should be eliminated, because a share should come with ethical

responsibility, and criminal liability.

The conglomerate control of any industry, but most especially the media needs to

end, and the Rupert Murdochs and Silvio Berlusconi's of the world jailed for criminal

conspiracy. Everyone was surprised when the NDP won so large in Quebec, and yet

NDP voters are among the only people in the country who knew that 100,000 people

were on the streets of Madison Wisconsin three weeks before our election. And they

knew, because they have their own media, they don't buy the corporatist message reeled

out every day in the lame stream media.

The Liberals faltered because they triggered an election based on the need for

democratic renewal and then didn't deliver in their platform, in the end, their support

started to drop only after the release of their platform, because instead of democratic

reform, we got corporate marketing terms like Family packs. Voters wanted democratic

substance and they got political junk food. Non party liberal voters walked away in droves because they get their news online, they don't waste time reading single papers or

watching single newscasts: they scour the internet, they debate issues online, they know

they lame stream media is doing exactly what Senator Keith Davies said it would do

back in his 1971 report on concentration of media ownership: subverting

democracy.

So finally, I come back to Superintendent Ben Soave's 'so long as as we have

democracy, we'll have organized crime' statement: Democracy is not the problem, it is

the solution, we need more of it, not less of it, we need to understand that war really is a

racket, and that most of the 1% are racketeers.

Some say that government should be run as a business, they never say what

business: I say it should be run like a credit union, member owned and based on

cooperative ethics: the seperation of Big Business and the State is essential to the

survival of not just democracy, but of free enterprise, and freedom of association.

Organized crime becomes more difficult to nurture or conceal in cooperative

communities than in the board rooms of Wall Street, the PMO or the White House.

2 comments:

小綠 said...

nice opinion, thanks for sharing..

Anonymous said...

Interesting history, thanks.
Today the city of Guelph is a toilet full of drug users,
drug dealers, petty criminals etc,,,,,,
One would think if the "mob" families were honorable,
which of course they are not they would at least keep
their own city clean and safe. I can say from personal
experience these people are the lowest form of scum
on the lowest rung of society.
These orgaizations exist because we allow it, people should have to account for their wealth.
The Canadian