They have systems. They have rings. They have people in key positions. They have money. They are organized, so organized. People think of mafias but organized crime goes well beyond any popular concept of a mafia because it has so many tentacles into the systems of ordinary life. It includes everything one might think of as organized crime plus plus plus. It is a cancer and it has metastasized across the world.
How does organ trafficking work if not for corrupt people in hospitals?
How does human trafficking happen if not for corrupt people in customs?
How does drug trafficking happen if not for corrupt people in law enforcement?
How does money laundering happen if not for corrupt people in banking?
How does weapons trafficking happen if not for corrupt people in the military?
How does disease kill so many if not for corrupt people in the sciences?
There's no way around it. You look at the size of these organized crime businesses and there's just no way this can all go on the scale that it happens unless corruption has become rampant and is sanctioned at the very top levels of power and woven all throughout society. And unless this has been true for a very long time.
And they know that. So they talk about some of the corruption, because it looks good to make some progress here and there.To pull a single thread out of the tapestry now and then, and wave it around as evidence of progress.
Small scale corruption.
Medium scale corruption.
Large scale corruption.
Extra-large kind of mind-boggling corruption.
U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez of the District of Puerto Rico, right,
and FBI Executive Director Shawn Henry
"In what is being billed as the biggest police corruption investigation in the history of the FBI, more than 130 people were arrested Wednesday in Puerto Rico -- including 89 law enforcement officers -- accused of drug trafficking." Miami Herald
Are we happy that they made these arrests? Yes. I mean no disrespect. It's good to get the corrupt guys in the guard shack. And they can "bill it" as the biggest corruption investigation in the history of the FBI, but unfortunately it changes, essentially, nothing. We have much, much bigger corruption problems than this.
Wouldn't it be even better to raid the mansions beyond the guard shack... where the real crime goes down...? Like, do you think they will raid Semion Mogilevich's house? Ain't gonna happen, because the corruption is too big, much much much too big, and all the people on the inside know it. It's grim.
Sure. Help them out if you have a death wish. Look him up on Facebook.
There's only one way this organized crime mother ship is going down and that is by spectacular unforeseen disaster.
a la the Hindenburg
Schiff hoch, captain.
Schiff hoch, captain.