By Steve Taggart
First it was hackers Anonymous now the Mafia has joined the fight against ISIS. A member of the notorious Gambino New York crime family has warned it not to try anything in the big apple, as it is under Mafia protection.
The Mafia has apparently enjoyed a revival in America in the last few years as funding has been diverted away from fighting organised crime into the global threat of terrorism.
In a TV interview Giovanni Gambino, son of infamous gangster John Gambino, said that the Mafia is better placed to protect New York from the terrorist threat than the FBI, who are stretched.
Giovanni said that Homeland Security and the FBI act too late as they lack the “human intelligence,” to be able to track the movements and actions of suspected attackers, regardless how much technology they have at their disposal.
He said: “Wherever the Sicilian influence is strong in New York, ISIS interlopers simply won’t be able to set up shop. The world is dangerous today, but people living in New York neighbourhoods with Sicilian connections should feel safe, we make sure our friends and families are protected from extremists and terrorists, especially the brutal, psychopathic organisation that calls itself the Islamic State.
The Mafia has a bad reputation, but much of that’s undeserved. As with everything in life, there are good, bad and ugly parts the rise of global terrorism gives the Mafia a chance to show its good side.”
The claims might sound far fetched, but his comments have come off the back of Italian police who have said the Mafia has been a great ally in combating IS attacks. It has been claimed that ISIL will not enter Sicily, Puglia, Calabria and Naples as they will be murdered by the organised crime syndicate.