From Mario Puzo’s The Godfather to Salwyn Raab’s Five Families, Sicilian Mafia or the Cosa Nostra has been a subject of much discussion and fantasy over the decades. The movies and the books depicted how the “Mafioso” finessed the art of “Protection Racket” over time. Some might think the mafia is a thing of the past in the 21st century but they exist and not only they do, they have just upped the game to a whole new level. By offering protection to New York city, yes, The New York City.
Giovanni Gambino, a member of the Gambino mafia family said in a statement that the mafia is better equipped to handle sleeper cells and other terrorist activities than the authorities. Born and brought up in Sicily, Gambino explained that the presence of mafia is the sole reason terrorists never tried to set up shop in Sicily.
In a CBS News interview Gambino said, “They often act too late, or fail to see a complete picture of what’s happening due to a lack of ‘human intelligence. The world is dangerous today, but people living in New York neighborhoods with Sicilian connections should feel safe. We make sure our friends and families are protected from extremists and terrorists, especially the brutal, psychopathic organization that calls itself the Islamic State.”
Gambino is confident that the individual grass-root level connections of the mafia can unearth more information that even the most sophisticated surveillance techniques can. The offer has been made. Now it is to see if the “Big Apple” can refuse it or not.