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FOIA Requests Reveal Al Sharpton’s Past As Paid Mafia Informant For The FBI

PIC: David Shankbone (CC)

PIC: David Shankbone (CC)

Reverend. Activist. Mafia snitch?

Via The Smoking Gun:

When friends and family members gathered recently at the White House for a private celebration of Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday, one of the invited partygoers was a former paid FBI Mafia informant.

That same man attended February’s state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande. He was seated with his girlfriend at a table adjacent to President Barack Obama, who is likely unaware that, according to federal agents, his guest once interacted with members of four of New York City’s five organized crime families. He even secretly taped some of those wiseguys using a briefcase that FBI technicians outfitted with a recording device.

The high-profile Obama supporter was also on the dais atop the U.S. Capitol steps last year when the president was sworn in for a second term. He was seated in front of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, two rows behind Beyonce and Jay Z, and about 20 feet from Eric Holder, the country’s top law enforcement officer.

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MafiaLeaks: Inside the Site That Wants to Take Down the Mob

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St. Francis of Assisi

An organization is taking a bite out of crime with tips from anonymous whistlerblowers.

via Mashable

For almost two centuries, Italy has fought a war against the Mafia, a broad term defining various highly organized and violent crime rings. The Mafia’s strongest weapon is not its knack for secrecy or corruption of local governments, but rather the omertà, an unwritten code of silence rooted in fear — a cultural attitude that makes people turn a blind eye to Mafia operations and refuse to report what they’ve seen to the authorities.

Now, a group of anonymous Italian citizens wants to defeat the omertà and the Mafia with a WikiLeaks mentality: A website for mob whistleblowers and victims called MafiaLeaks.

The site is also inspired by the ancient Boche de Leon, 16th century mouth-shaped mailboxes in which the citizens of the Venetian Republic could drop documents or notes to magistrates containing anonymous complaints, according to one of its founders (see image below).

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Actor Wesley Snipes Free After Three Years in a Prison for “Tax Evasion”

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VENICE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 08: Actor Wesley Snipes attends the ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’ premiere at the Sala Grande during the 66th Venice Film Festival on September 8, 2009 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Wesley Snipes has been released from jail after serving a 3 year sentence for not paying the government extortion racket known as “taxation”.

By JG Vibes
Intellihub.com
April 7, 2013

After spending 3 years in a government cage for refusing to have his money stolen by the government, actor Wesley Snipes is now somewhat free.  Unfortunately, he is still under constant supervision and the government continues to treat him like a criminal, simply because he refused to be criminalized.

CNN reported:

“Actor Wesley Snipes has been released from a federal prison where he was serving a three-year sentence after being convicted on tax charges in February 2010.The release to a supervised residential location in New York occurred Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Prisons told CNN.

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Vatican Bank Investigated For Money Laundering – Again.

Emblem_of_the_PapacyI wonder which banking official will suddenly die during this investigation? Victor L. Simpson and Nicole Winfield report for AP:

VATICAN CITY – This is no ordinary bank: The ATMs are in Latin. Priests use a private entrance. A life-size portrait of Pope Benedict XVI hangs on the wall.

Nevertheless, the Institute for Religious Works is a bank, and it’s under harsh new scrutiny in a case involving money-laundering allegations that led police to seize euro23 million ($30 million) in Vatican assets in September. Critics say the case shows that the “Vatican Bank” has never shed its penchant for secrecy and scandal.

The Vatican calls the seizure of assets a “misunderstanding” and expresses optimism it will be quickly cleared up. But court documents show that prosecutors say the Vatican Bank deliberately flouted anti-laundering laws “with the aim of hiding the ownership, destination and origin of the capital.” The documents also reveal investigators’ suspicions that clergy may have acted as fronts for corrupt businessmen and Mafia.

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Want To Get Into A Recession-Busting Business? Join The Mafia

From Reuters:

Italy’s mafia crime syndicates bucked the recession in 2009 to raise ‘profits’ by almost 8 percent with the financial crisis making companies and even the stock market even more vulnerable to cash-flush mobsters.

“Mafia Inc. is reinforcing its position as the number one Italian company,” said a report published on Wednesday by a body whose members bear the brunt of mafia extortion and crimes, the small business and shopkeepers’ association Confesercenti.

It estimated that the impact on business equaled about 7 percent of Italy’s economic output, enjoying healthy growth in a year when the Italian economy shrank by almost 5 percent.

Experts had predicted when the crisis began that Calabria’s ‘Ndrangheta, with its huge slice of the global drugs trade, Sicily’s Cosa Nostra, Naples’ violent Camorra and Puglia’s Sacra Corona Unita would see more demand for loan-sharking.

But the report said mobsters had also been able to launder their earnings by buying up cheap assets and had found a cheap and willing workforce among the newly unemployed…

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Drug Money Rescued The World’s Banks

Who were the heroes who brought the United States and the rest of the world away from the brink of financial catastrophe this past year? Time person-of-the-year Ben Bernanke and co.? Nope, more like the Mexican Mafia. From the Guardian:

Drugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis, [says] the United Nations’ drugs and crime tzar.

Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organized crime were “the only liquid investment capital” available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year. He said that a majority of the $352bn of drugs profits was absorbed into the economic system as a result.

This will raise questions about crime’s influence on the economic system at times of crisis.

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