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February 2018
CRIMINALPOL
The FBI Of Italy

      By Mike La Sorte, Professor Emeritus


Mike La Sorte is a professor emeritus (SUNY) and writes extensively on a variety of subjects.

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ORGANIZED CRIME EXISTS BECAUSE IT SERVES THE INTERESTS OF THE POWERFUL AND IN DIFFERENT WAYS MEETS THE NEEDS OF THE PUBLIC AT LARGE.
(WALTER LIPPMAN, 1920'S)

In March 1967, in Italy, a national police organization was founded referred to by the acronym Criminalpol, which coordinates the four principle police systems in Italy. It functions to gather and exchange intelligence, facilitating liaison among the law enforcement agencies, leading to the prevention and repression of the more serious crimes and criminal syndicates.

FROM THE FILES OF CR MINALPOL. 10 Feb. 1990. Collision was suspected between police officers and certain camorristi. Criminalpol recorded a phone call that a meeting was to be held in Caserta, which was a rare chance to capture camorra’s most powerful leader and a few corrupt local politicians, but the raid was called off for lack of men.

He was taken for a modern Robin Hood who had to kill to vindicate himself, which lead to scattered killings with little motive. His moniker was Gianni di Napoli, John of Naples, because he gave employment to the poor, proclaiming himself an honest businessman being persecuted by the system. In plain fact he was one of the camorra bosses, which is to say crazy, timid, insecure, paranoid, narcissistic, the type you find among “I boss della camorra.” Yes, those bosses of the most effective mobs in the world; those who penetrate the State’s economy, producing a pile of cadavers, creating La Nuova Camorra Organizzata, such as Carmine Alieri, and a series of “guappi gentiluomini,” camorristi gentlemen, like children with a toy boat, dipping deeply into the societal structure, penetrating the political system, buying politicians by the gross, who are willing to be corrupted by accepting “La busta,” the stuffed envelope, for services rendered.

TERRORISM IS THE USE OF INTENTIONALLY INDISCRIMINATE VIOLENCE AS A MEANS TO ACHIEVE FINANCIAL, POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS GOALS AGAINST PEACETIME TARGETS, OR IN WAR AGAINST NON-COMBATANTS.

The Brigate Rosse (Red Brigands), formed in 1970, was a left-wing terrorist organization based in Italy that became an armed struggle into the the70s and 80s to remove Italy from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The period became known as the Years of Lead. In 1991 a major leader, Horst Fantazzini, nicknamed the Rapinatore Gentiluomo, the Gentleman Bandit, because of his sophistication and daring-do, a playful fellow, who would brandish a toy pistol in pubic for fin. When the Criminalpol finally brought him to ground they discovered in his apartment a hoard of armaments and cash enough to fund a small revolution. He ended his days in prison. The Red Brigades was a savage, take-no-prisoners movement, engaging in murders, bank heists, and kneecapping, a malicious wounding of the kneecap. The former Prime Minister Aldo Moro was taken in a brazen kidnapping and later found dead in a stolen vehicle. Criminalpol agents were successful in getting some of the radicals to turn states evidence; they became, in Italian, pentiti (penitents), which led in the 1980s to their testimonies followed by the end of the violence.


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