Son of mobster John Gambino, Giovanni Gammbino on Wednesday told NBC News that the rise of global terrorism allows the Mafia to show its good side. He also claimed the Mafia can do a better job of protecting the city from terror attacks than the NYPD. Gambino, a prolific author of mob history and a scion of the family that saw the rise of the likes of John Gotti and Paul Castellano, said the nature of the mob made it fundamentally better equipped than traditional law enforcement to handle a threat like ISIS. Gambino said that ISIS has so far been unable to infiltrate or launch any successful attacks in Sicily because of the protection offered by the local Mafia.
ISIS has yet to launch any attacks in Italy, but it has been identified as a future target in a video released Thursday. Gambino was cool to the idea of any mob-fed partnership in fighting ISIS, but said that ultimately everyone was on the same side on this one. , organized crime has a long history of working with the federal government. During World War II, mob icon Charlie “Lucky” Luciano provided intelligence and support networks from his prison cell for the war effort and played an integral role in Operation Husky, the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily. Another future kingpin, Vito Genovese, even worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army in Italy. In 1960, the CIA worked with the Chicago mob in a failed attempt to kill Cuba’s Communist dictator, Fidel Castro.
Western nations have responded to recent ISIS atrocities by ramping up airstrikes against the crazed jihadis, who are reportedly on the brink of defeat after being cornered in just 34 bases. The revelation comes after ISIS fanatics went on the rampage in Paris, attacking bars and a concert hall and slaughtering 130 innocent people. In the aftermath of the atrocity mobsters in the US city of New York have apparently reassured their communities that they will work to stop such an attack happening on their own streets.
These people are like walking machines. ISIS brainwashes them through the Internet,” Giovanni Gambino told NBC “You need to beat the fuck out of them to the point where they stop coming back to life.”
Gambino, whose father, Francesco “Ciccio” Gambino, died in prison while serving a 30-year drug crimes sentence, said that the Mafia, like any organization, had its good and bad attributes and it was unfair to just single out a few rotten apples. “If you see a group of friends from Italy, they come to America, they open up stores together, maybe 15, 20 of them, if two people do something wrong of those 20, the feds will move in and brand them with the Mafia name,” he said. The FBI and Homeland Security are limited in what they can do, according to Gambino. They often act too late, or fail to see a complete picture of what’s happening due to a lack of ‘human intelligence’ – the knowledge of individual movements and actions that even the best technology can’t always capture. ‘The Mafia and its allies, however, are connected to neighborhoods in a meaningful way. Wherever the Sicilian influence is strong in New York, ISIS interlopers simply won’t be able to set up shop,’ he said in an interview with a Dutch radio station.