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NEO – Organized Crime in the 21st Century

 

The end result

The end result

Organized Crime – Major Threat of the 21st Century

… by  Vladimir Platov,      … with  New Eastern Outlook,  Moscow

 

The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg

The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg

[ Editor’s note: Organized crime does not get much geopolitical coverage during these times where countries are engaged in major state-sponsored terrorism, which as Vladimir notes below, shifts the top-talent law enforcement people away from organized crime.

The Intel community knows that this is not coincidence. Politicians and government officials all over the world betray their countries to build long-term business relationships with organized crime.

This usually begins with having their political campaigns financed, and then going into business with them in retirement or via family members… using them as fronts to make their business entities a risky play for investigators to stick their nose into.

Another aspect never covered by mass media is organized crime breaking the doors down to offer their services to Intel agencies the world over, so they can get investigations into their activities by having their high up political friends waive investigators off by claiming they are endangering a national security operation.

Yes, things have gotten that bad. What used to be done rarely is now routine. The same thing happened in the US where a large number of FBI white collar crime agents were pulled away to work on the manufactured War on Terror, which we know now was a hoax here in the US.  The FBI was reduced to manufacturing sting operations to have high profile cases to get the media they needed to validate the huge expense of entrapping “nobody terrorists”.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we were involved in terrorism ourselves, creating groups to use in regime-change operations, which has all become unglued, as the political people were clueless as to what they were getting themselves into… having no education or training for it.

We have been poorly served in top government, as all this is widely known, and they do nothing, as too many of their friends are involved, or disclosure would shame their particular party. So they go along to get along, and collect their piece of the pie… Jim W. Dean ]

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–  First published  …  September 27, 2014  –

 

Organized crime dragnet

Dragnet

In recent years, a growing number of European experts based on their conducted analysis of the activity of transnational organized crime groups (OCG) have come to the conclusion that OCG activities have become the major threat of the 21st century.

This threat is considered to be much greater than the threat of terrorist attacks, which does not have the necessary powers and resources to endanger the functioning of states. 

In contrast to terrorist groups, which are trying to make a statement through public violence, OCG are operating in the strictest confidence. Organized crime in recent years has significantly gained ground, directly threatening democratic states and seeking to control the national economy.

It is the substantial financial power of transnational criminal groups that makes them more and more menacing. Although statistics on the secondary income of OCG remain secret, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) believes that these revenues stand at $2.1 trillion, not subject to taxation.

This means that 3.6% of global GDP has very “shady” sources, mainly originating from smuggling activities, illegal production and trafficking of drugs, transportation of illegal migrants, racketeering, human and arms trafficking, circulation of counterfeit goods, etc.

A significant portion of the illegal funds obtained by OCG is reinvested into respectable securities markets, and as a result, an increasing proportion of the public debt of many countries is now partially kept within criminal organizations in the form of public and treasury obligations. Due to the fault of creditors, some of these countries are directly dependent on criminal groups.

These criminal groups exercise significant influence on the macroeconomic policies of different governments. Tax havens in offshore zones make possible the laundering of a considerable part of the immense incomes of OCG.

Using this mechanism, many micro-states have found a way to subsidize their economies, without which they would not have survived, as their legal resources are limited. Some countries are already dependent on OCG: Kosovo, Montenegro, Guinea Bissau, and several others.

Many states may fall under the influence of organized crime in the near future, such as Guinea, Mozambique, certain Balkan countries, Mexico and the Central American region.

When OCG infiltrate state structures, the consequences are the most dramatic, since they get access to official legalized documents, the banking sector, diplomatic missions and by using these elements they gain more understanding in matters of transportation of criminal goods and extraterritoriality.

As soon as a particular organized crime group manages to infiltrate a legitimate economy, it is very difficult to detect it, and the group becomes almost ineradicable, since tough action against the OCG may automatically result in the destruction of the economic structure.

A prime example in this case is the French Côte d’Azur: the tough fight against OCG (mainly Italian, Russian and Corsican) in this region could lead to the disappearance of thousands of jobs in various fields, such as tourism and catering, real estate, recreation and so on. That is the problem facing the French law enforcement agencies in their fight against OCG.

In order to secretly find their way into the legitimate economy, OCG targets are investment banks, legal, brokerage and transportation companies that are both involved in the inspection of OCG and their legal coverage. OCG also invest their assets into stock exchange activity, into speculation activities in raw material and food production markets, using various dummy companies.

What was formerly considered as the shadow economy, unfortunately, now in many countries has become an official commercial activity, often dependent on organized crime. For example, hand-made fakes of the 1990s have now reached the industrial level, directly endangering the existence of some small and medium-sized enterprises in the West, which are less protected than large companies.

Due to the progressive decline of the average purchasing power of Western consumers — a direct result of the economic crisis — large companies do not hesitate to buy more low-cost products, the origin of which is sometimes in question. This is done not only to the detriment of national industries, but sometimes endangers people’s lives.

The matter is not as serious in the case of counterfeit watches or luxury clothes, but it is an entirely different matter when it comes to children’s toys or important parts for vehicles, counterfeit medication or spare parts for aircraft. Of course, airplanes providing international flights are regularly monitored, but the situation is completely different with domestic flights, especially those in developing countries.

A series of disasters involving Iranian civil and military aircraft is a clear example. Over the last ten years in Iran around fifteen air collisions have claimed the lives of more than 900 people. According to experts, this is largely caused by the fact that Iran, which is under international sanctions, is forced to buy aircraft spare parts from China, which often offers counterfeit dubious products.

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Gang Banksters

Statements made by Blankfein, one of Wall Street's top crime bosses

Statements made by Blankfein, one of Wall Street’s top crime bosses

OCG are fully utilizing globalization and the recent economic crisis, injecting illegally earned money into companies that can no longer take out loans from financial institutions experiencing difficulties. In the long run, these “sponsors” of organized crime — as a way of debt settlement — buy out many respectable firms and this reinforces and legitimizes OCG in society.

Before 1990, criminal organizations were usually located in the countries of their national activities, with the exception of the Italian Mafia, which had already spread into Western Europe and the US.

After the democratic changes that took place at that time in several European countries, organized crime groups spread all over the world, sometimes engaging in armed conflict with local crime units in other states. More often than not, they entered into alliance with their foreign counterparts.

They have created a sort of global “Common Market” of organized crime. Lack of resources and expertise from law enforcement agencies in many countries have contributed to the growth of OCG.

The success of organized crime has also been fueled by large sums of money, which have been given as bribes to politicians, employees and other individuals who could be of use to OCG. Corruption, coupled with the threat “plata o plomo” (a bribe or a bullet), is a sort of “disharmonized cocktail” which has permitted OCG to get rid of many obstacles on their way to power.

In a world where salaries are often very low (the lower the salary, the easier it is for corruption to spread) and where the authorities intervene only after a crime has been committed, this method has indeed become compelling. Threats are always more effective when people are left without the prospect of protection.

Many experts agree that perhaps the most important reason for the strengthening of organized crime in numerous countries is the fact that, after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the main efforts and measures by most states were directed at the fight against terrorism (Global War On Terrorism/GWOT) at the expense of the fight against OCG. This resulted in the reduction of organized crime squads, their funding and size.

FBI

FBI

An illustrative example is the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which in compliance with the political order of the time, placed the fight against organized crime lower on its agenda. Hundreds of American federal agents left organized crime squads and entered into units for combating terrorism. This was immediately taken advantage of by OCG.

The fight against organized crime is very complex and includes three inevitable steps: thorough proactive monitoring of OCG activities; the engagement of policy-making authorities; and specialized agencies and improving the penal system.

Clearly, it is extremely difficult to carry out the search for information, infiltration and selection of sources inside mafia groups. OCG members are often limited to the family circle; everyone knows everything about each other. New arrivals always fall under suspicion and they are often immediately rejected.

This issue can be solved the Italian way – when law enforcement agencies work with those who have confessed. In this case there must be a reliable system of witness protection, since the safety of the witnesses and their close relatives are seriously threatened.

There is another solution, which could be very helpful in organizing the fight against OCG. Using the interests of the crime groups in external structures for the successful conduct of activities: law firms, financial, tax and transportation companies, notaries, etc. In this connection, there is always the possibility to gain access to OCG through them. It is also possible to deliberately create such institutions, which could lure criminals, and then information could be gathered and used in the fight against OCG.

On the issue of using such services, French experts in particular have drawn attention to the possibility of utilizing nongovernmental organizations such as “Anti-Mafia” in the fight against OCG. Such NGOs have proven to be successful in Italy, but they are not used in other European countries, despite the efforts of several volunteers. The media can also play a decisive role in the crackdown on organized crime, especially as they continue to carry out independent investigations.

Go for Gold

Going for Gold

Punishment should focus on the most sensitive element to criminals: money. To do this, experts say, national legislation must provide for the complete confiscation of ill-gotten funds along with the appropriate additional penalties. Although it is possible to doubt the real effectiveness of seizures carried out by the Italian justice system, which is quite widely used as a solution.

The amounts seized averaged 729 million Euros per year, while a rough estimate of the criminals’ capital turnover varies between 130 and 180 billion Euros. For this reason it cannot be ruled out that the criminals are placing these losses into the section “lost profits” or they might be paying out very generous sums to corrupt police officers and representatives of the justice system in Italy.

Yet the confiscation of “property” should be accompanied by prosecution procedures and the exposure of those responsible for the committed crimes. For these purposes, the international police and judicial cooperation should by all means be strengthened.

According to European experts, this problem needs to be dealt with more effectively by isolating convicted OCG members, in order to exclude the possibility of them pursuing their criminal activities from prison, as is often the case.

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Vladimir Platov, Middle East expert, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

Editing:  Jim W. Dean  and  Erica P. Wissinger

Moscow

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  1. Old Jules  October 7, 2014 at 5:20 am

    With Reagan’s War on Drugs still corrupting the entire US Criminal Justic System in the US the definition for organized crime probably won’t be revised as it should. Organized crime in the 21st Century goes down to the street cop all the way through the prosecutors offices, public defenders, judiciary to the prison system. The outsiders are nowhere near as well equipped, armed, organized, nor capable of protecting and defending themselves against the forces of law, as the forces of law.

  2. franktalk  October 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    “Before 1990, criminal organizations were usually located in the countries of their national activities, with the exception of the Italian Mafia, which had already spread into Western Europe and the US.”

    Seems the educational process must be expanded. The 1800’s had the same level of intrigue as today as did the first century Romans and goes so far back in history it renders us not unique nor advanced in the ICG. The misinformation of our programming can corrupt even brilliant minds. . . simply repeat it in all media and film over and over. . . no one will bother to look it up.

    That would be’ the fake Jewish folk’ and their affiliated and the reason they have been thrown out of every country in Europe and Asia more than once for two thousand years.

    The ICG’s have been running the west since the 1500’s and are approaching complete control. We are just finding out about it and now a place exists to spread the news.

  3. adil  October 5, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Why ocg examples are trivial? One such ocg is medical industrial complex. And their hit men is nothing less than obozo.!!! And sorry, now ocg don’t want to work anymore. Their earning is through taxation.! Can you fault them for such business model – very little work (buy few sc judges, few politicians) and lots of profits and control over our lives.!

    And sorry, FBI is not investigating anyone. If you want proof then just end FBI or any other centralized agencies (like fda) and watch such ocg take a big hit. FBI and other big agencies are their foot soldiers.!

    • joe shmo  October 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      They investigated ME. At least six agents, in two states, for at least 30 months. Physical surveillance. God alone knows how much they squandered on this ridiculous project. All for what? For a harmless comment (by a harmless guy) that some mediocre “Americans” reported. Spy on your neighbor America. Look at usdebtclock.org.

  4. David Odell  October 5, 2014 at 9:15 am

    This article reminds me of a particular Italian boss who was arrested after being a “fugitive” for 20 years. They finally caught him, in his HOUSE. Smelled like “regime change” or someone finally got permission.
    A decent microcosm of this topic is covered in a documentary “La Camioneta The Journey of One American School Bus” It also shows a robust public transportation system that is completely individually owned and extremely efficient and clean. Then, the extortionists decide it’s too good. In america, I maintain that the insurance industry is our largest mafia, still selling protection.. and denying claims. If an average town of 2,000 people co-oped their car and home insurance, they could eliminate school taxes. Keep the insurance money local.

    • Old Jules  October 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      David Odell that school bus movie was great. I admire the use of it in an analogy. Probably finding who the worst villians are would lead into a lot of shredding of the concept of ‘worst’. Plenty of candidates. But the insurance companies are certainly a great candidate.

  5. Old Jules  October 5, 2014 at 8:50 am

    DaveE I agree. Organized religion is the most sophisticated organized ethnic “Mafia” that has ever existed. Whatever J. Edgar Hoover might have said he probably whispered most of it into the ears of his favorite FBI boys in the sauna.

    • Klaatu Aquinus  October 5, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      “Organized religion is the most sophisticated organized ethnic “Mafia” that has ever existed.”

      Well, yeah.. If you put it into this context

      “Countless other members of the greatest clandestine intelligence agency the world has ever known, now secularized with the jeering approval of its enemies, crossed the Atlantic to help guide Americans
      through the pains of becoming the first nation expressly designed to be a Febronian, Bellarminian democratic republican Church-State. What an amazing production, all the more impressive for the complete invisibility of its means!”
      — Chapter 18 The Stimulating Effects of Tea, “Rulers of Evil,” pg. 170

    • Klaatu Aquinus  October 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Then, if we also take Duff’s word for it

      “You have to understand this about the Vatican, it has run the most powerful intelligence organization in the world and has done so for centuries. The Vatican archives contain so much more than some quite terrifying secrets, and there are enough of those.”
      http //www.veteranstoday.com/2013/02/13/intel-dump-wednesday-february-13-2012/

      Duff says he runs the world largest PRIVATE intelligence firm. He may have to amend that statement. I don’t get where the Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesù all’Argentina, in the Piazza del Gesù, is in any way — PUBLIC. Where is this listed? Can we see their financial statements? What accountable authority do they report to? Just askin ..

      Then there is that scene in “The Good Shepherd.” Palmi’s conversation with Wilson (Angleton). Who is terrified of whom? The south eastern regional crime boss, or the papal S.M.O.M.?

    • Klaatu Aquinus  October 5, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      And just to be clear here

      “While the bishops of Rome still wrote in this manner and were appalled that by accepting the title of universal bishop over all Christianity Christ, who is the true head of the entire church, would be robbed of his honor – at that time there was still a true church which called itself the catholic or universal church. But what is the meaning of the word “Catholic Church” now? It is the fellowship of those who recognize the bishop of Rome as the head of the church, as standing in the place of Christ and God himself. They recognize him as infallible and give his commands unconditional obedience. They must therefore worship all the unquestionable errors of the papacy such as the sacrifice of the Mass, praying to the saints, purgatory, the worship of images and relics, the pope’s indulgence, human works unto salvation and self chosen works, the forbidding of the bible and marriage, tradition or the unwritten Word of God, compulsory fasts etc. etc. which all the confessions and catechisms of the new Roman Catholic Church teach along with the explicit explanation that outside of this faith no one can be saved.” (Prof. fid. cath. e Conc. Trid. a S.P. Pio IV extracta, No. 28)
      — C.F.W. Walther, October 5, 1844

      Lets not throw the baby out with the bathwater ..

  6. Allesandro  October 4, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    BTW, that colorful picture at the bottom of many stories, like this one? Is that IRAN or where? It seems to go with everything, you use it everywhere, and with the MOST varied stories, on all sorts of different subjects. Don’t get me wrong I like it.

    Do you guys just like the bright colors?

    I do.

    • John Kirby  October 5, 2014 at 6:02 am

      Red Square, Moscow.

    • Jim W. Dean  October 5, 2014 at 6:30 am

      New Eastern Outlook, “Moscow”. We have a cross posting partnership with them, having helped them build up their english audience, similar to how we had done with Press TV’s viewpoints section. Once people know this, we used the images as “branding”, as a reminder that these articles are brought to you via a hook up we made with them, their having spotted VT and wanting Gordon and I to start writing, and of course we wanted to broaded our geopolitical writer base with professionals as most of our submissions were from bloggers. Our website is so big that we never assume people are catching things. For example most have never been to the board and staff page by clicking on the navigation tab, or to the archives, to learn how to access the 26K articles and get an idea of our core “published” network. Most can’t be listed. http //www.veteranstoday.com/staff-writers

  7. davor  October 4, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Yep, the FBI could/should have done much more and solve the 9/11 mystery by now if they weren’t too busy into fake muslim witch hunt. They did not need intelligence or Arthur C.Clarke for that one. This way they just sided with the OCG.

    • Jim W. Dean  October 5, 2014 at 6:33 am

      Amen, and that was because their bosses who paid them had. They have to fight quietly as usually your bosses fires you if you want to prosecute them. Those who are loyal, and the same for the Pentagon, they have to fight back quietly, or they will be gone in two seconds. It is critical to have people on the inside. Just ask Israel and the Mossad and their military Intel people.

  8. Allesandro  October 4, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I’m sure the philosophy of

    “Corruption, coupled with the threat “plata o plomo” (a bribe or a bullet), is a sort of “disharmonized cocktail” which has permitted OCG to get rid of many obstacles on their way to power.”

    ….is not just in play by what we know as Organized Crime but also by the many alphabet agencies around the world who want to plant, introduce, inferior parts and products into the supply stream of manufacturing, commerce, deliberately in certain countries, but may well find their way into other countries, industries,….for many reasons, profits, sabotage, false flag entrapment, etc. , or by accident.

    So, how do we get rid of this serious infection in the global body of commerce and politics?

  9. spent  October 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Have they always been behind the scenes either starting secret societies of goy or infiltrating them once they are established? http //www.subvertednation.net/understanding-parasitic-jews/

    • Old Jules  October 5, 2014 at 6:30 am

      spent the problem would be a lot easier to deal with if we lived in your simple fantasyland where the root of all evil is Jews.

    • moneytalks  October 6, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      OJ , at one time in the past it was believed that mosquitos were harmless ; then modern research discovered that mosquitos were responsible for the deadly malaria disease among others . It is very doubtful that jews could be completely eradicated as some would call for . However , the USA population , for instance , does not need to be ruled over by the jewish 3% portion that functions much like a predatory parasite that has a lethal hold on the nonjewish 97% portion of the population . That strategicly positioned dominant 3% jewish portion could kill the USA — and may yet do that . It is not just the jewish high IQ that makes them abnormally dangerous to nonjewish people ; it is their profusely documented abnormally predatory mentality whereby any nonjew is ultimately [ fair game ] .

    • Old Jules  October 7, 2014 at 2:12 am

      moneytalks you offer an interesting perspective on it. I agree we in the US shouldn’t be ruled by 3% comprised of any segment of the population. However, I’ve no idea how to prevent it happening, nor continuing to happen. As for ‘predatory Jews’, I suspect there are scads of predatory people among the power elite who are delighted to see as much of the population as possible preoccupied with a focus on Jews as the ultimate evil. Losing the Jewish segmen would only leave more for them to gobble up.

  10. John Kirby  October 4, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    You have to fight fire with fire. I hate violence but if comes to defending yourself it is justified. Organized crime is the enemy of individuals and of society. Th legal system seems to be mainly concerned with the law. You could say we need a small group of really ruthless bastards who will go out and kill these villains and let the people live free. The trouble is that this group can become the next set of tyrants. So what do we do? On the whole I would rather have a really ruthless legal system, where the rights of the innocent victims is held to be be more important than that of scum predators. If you have never met really evil people you will never understand, but once have met one you will understand, forever.

    • Old Jules  October 5, 2014 at 6:26 am

      Hi John. It’s not easy to find any hope for a solution. Every attempt to go after it by tightening the laws loses on the enforcement end, and the eyewash enforcement maneuvers just roll it into the Judicial snakes nest of corrupt judges and lawyers. Violent replacing of it all by most likely will become corrupt ones might provide temporary relief, but technology has progressed so’s every year their capabilities for deeper intrusion and insulation from consequences reduce the chances it will happen. You and I are lucky, I think, we won’t have to see what happens next unless it hurries.

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