Joe Bruno on the Mob – Sicilian Mafia Control Italian Television Drama

In an incredible turn of events which evoke memories of the production of the movie “The Godfather,” Monica Vitale, a Sicilian Mafia boss’ former girlfriend, has told police that members of the Sicilian Mafia received protection money from the producers of Squadra Antimafia (The Antimafia Team), in order to film in and around Palermo without any disturbances. Ms. Vitale also said that Mafia members “controlled the supply of goods and services for the drama.”

Ms. Vitale told the police, “The Mafia controlled all transport services for the production as well as catering for the cast and crew.”

When “The Godfather” was filmed in New York’s Little Italy in the early 1970’s, there were also rumors that the American Mafia demanded protection money in order for the streets of Manhattan’s Little Italy to be safely used for the filming of the movie. When “Godfather 2” was made two years later, the producers used the streets of New York City’s Alphabet City to avoid paying protection money to the Mafia. The surrounding tenements in Alphabet City closely resemble the streets of Little Italy less than as mile away.

Paolo Piccinelli, a police colonel in Palmermo told the press, “We’ve verified that an employee of the production company was in league with a person close to the Mafia.”

The TV show which stars the actress Simona Cavallari is broadcast on Channel Five, which is owned by Silvio Berlusconi, the disgraced former prime minister, who was recently forced to resign for various sexual and monetary improprieties.

No wonder the economy of Italy is going down the tubes.

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Italian mobsters ‘demand protection money’ from mafia TV drama

A mafia informer has alleged that the series Squadra Antimafia (The Antimafia Team), a popular Italian TV show, has come rather too close to its subject matter.

By Nick Squires, Rome

5:30PM GMT 14 Dec 2011

Monica Vitale, a mafia chieftain’s former girlfriend, has told detectives that mobsters from Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia, demanded protection money and controlled the supply of goods and services for the drama.

Ms Vitale, 28, who is now a pentita, or informer, is said to have claimed that the mob demanded payment — known in Italian slang as pizzo — from the production company Taodue in return for allowing the show to be filmed in and around Palermo. She is also said to have claimed that it controlled all transport services for the production as well as catering for the cast and crew.

The mob also had a man employed on the set of the show, which has been filmed in Sicily’s largest city since 2009, according to Ms Vitale.

Paolo Piccinelli, a police colonel, said: “We’ve verified that an employee of the production company was in league with a person close to the mafia.

The series, which stars the actress Simona Cavallari as a detective leading a team of officers, is broadcast on Canale 5, a channel owned by Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister. One episode was based on the disappearance of a boy whose father was involved in the Basta Pizzo, which encourages businesses and shop owners to stand up to extortion.


One Response to “Joe Bruno on the Mob – Sicilian Mafia Control Italian Television Drama”



    1) ” Prime Ministers Blair and Berlusconi today confirmed the ‘excellent relationship’ that exists between the UK and Italy in a summit in London.
    Mr Blair said the talks today were “amicable, productive and constructive”.
    “I really do not think the relationship between Britain and Italy has ever been stronger,” he said at a press conference following the meeting.”

    2) ” Tony Blair left his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi hobbling after a “friendly” football game, it has been reported.
    The pair played a five-a-side game at the Italian’s Sardinian home during Mr Blair’s visit earlier this month.”
    ” The anti-communist Berlusconi that leads the Forza Italia party (PDL) was and is a unpresentable politician. Already funded by shadowy Swiss capital , formerly affiliated with the secret P2 Masonic Lodge ( cardholder 1816 ) ………………..
    Among other things , the knight [Berlusconi] in 1983 was under investigation for drug trafficking .The survey, then closed , was originated from the following statement of the Guardia di Finanza dated 30 May 1983: “It ‘ was reported that the well-known Silvio Berlusconi, owner of the private broadcaster Channel 5, would finance an intensive drug trafficking from Sicily, both in France and in other italians regions ( Lombardy and Lazio).”

    3) Berlusconi was accused of paying a $600,000 bribe to his British former tax accountant, David Mills, the husband of Tessa Jowell, the UK cabinet minister and friend of Blair.
    On 17 February 2009, UK government minister Tessa Jowell’s husband David Mills was sentenced to four and a half years jail in Italy for corruption.
    Mills was also fined €250,000 by a court in Milan for taking a bribe from Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to give false evidence in two corruption trials.
    After Blair won the 1997 general election, he made Jowell his public health minister.
    According to The Observer ( How the lawyer’s pub deal brewed a storm of trouble ) :
    At the time Jowell was involved in discussions with the drinks industry about a range of issues from relaxing drinking regulations to alcopops.
    Documents obtained by The Observer reveal that on 8 February 1998, Mills used a company based in the British Virgin Islands to buy 90,895 shares in a little-known firm called the Old Monk Company…
    The Old Monk Company is involved with pubs and drink. (aangirfan: BLAIR; BERLUSCONI; MAFIA; CIA )
    Blair has had a consultancy with a US investment bank, JP Morgan, since January 2008, earning him £2million a year.
    Blair has a tendency to travel by private jet and sometimes with a VIP motorcade.

    4) ” Blair Tells Americans: Surrender
    November 19, 2011 • 11:39PM
    British monarchy hitman Tony Blair has gone hyperactive in recent weeks, pushing global war and global fascism. Fresh from his Oct. 28 private White House meeting with Barack Obama (the subject of that meeting still remains undisclosed), and his personal oversight of the installation of a fascist technocratic government in Italy one week ago, Blair took it upon himself this week to dictate to the United States that our American System of government and economics must go.
    He did so from none other than Her Majesty’s illegal money haven, the Cayman Islands. “There’s an absolute necessity to recognise that if we want to keep up the modern world, we’re going to have to undergo some difficult change,” Blair told hedge fund billionaires gathered for the Nov. 16 gala opening of the KPMG tennis championship in the Caymans. “When you look at America right now, they’ve got the same challenge. They’re going to have to stabilize their debt situation and reduce it. They’re going to have to reform their tax code. They’re going to have to reform their systems of welfare and government. And if they don’t do that … there are going to be long-term problems with their economy.”
    This is the man who began advising Obama from before he was even elected, whom President Obama was to hail only weeks after taking office, as “an example … of what dedicated leadership can accomplish.”
    In the fine tradition of Hitler regime sponsor Montagu Norman, Blair insists that, today, “we have to realign the politics with the economics.” By which he means, as he made clear in interviews the following morning from his next stop, Toronto, that “technocratic governments,” as he called the juntas installed in Greece and Italy last week, are necessary to rip up the “social model.” He baldly lied that these technocratic governments were “put in largely by public support,” because people just want “to get things fixed.”
    At the same time, he continues his drumbeat for war, announcing to a gathering in Toronto that “time is running out” for Syrian President Bashir Assad, and reiterating that “all options must be left on the table” to deal with Iran.
    There was a time not so long ago, that Blair was concerned he might face prosecution for war crimes for his role in setting off the Iraq war in 2003, through deliberately false intelligence. But two days ago, the Chilcot inquiry announced that the final report on its investigation into that set-up has been postponed for another six months, thus freeing up Blair to start a far, far bigger war. ”
    ( Blair in Jerusalem: War on Iran, War on Syria, Save the Banks Above All )


    ” Wednesday, November 25, 2009
    Lord Mandelson and Cherie Blair Go Hunting With Ghaddafi’s Son
    Tomorrow’s edition of the Spectator (UK) contains this snippet from Charles Moore’s diary:
    I hear of a remarkable recent gathering at Waddesdon Manor, Lord Rothschild’s famous French chateau in Buckinghamshire. A shoot was taking place, though not all the party were shooting. As well as Lord Rothschild and his son Nat, the unofficial deputy prime minister, Lord Mandelson, was there, and also Lord Rothschild’s country neighbour, Cherie Blair. Neither of them picked up a gun. Various young friends of Nat with double-barrelled or European princely names were shooting…..”

    2) ” Since leaving office Mr Blair has used a number of Gulfstream planes, including a South African-registered Gulfstream V jet based at Luton Airport.
    In November last year he is believed to have hired a Gulfstream IV owned by British-based banker Sir EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD for a three-day return trip to Rwanda at an estimated cost of £83,000, including fuel.
    Sir Evelyn, 77, who was one of a number of billionaires to dine at Downing Street in Mr Blair’s final days in power, has owned the plane since 2002 through a company called Metropix.
    He hires it out through brokers in London and Luton.
    In 2000, Sir Evelyn donated £250,000 to the Policy Network, a think-tank presided over by Peter Mandelson which organises many of the conferences – including in Washington, South Africa and Budapest – at which Mr Blair gives speeches.
    And in 2003, Sir Evelyn’s wife, Lynn, offered her services as a fundraiser to the Labour Party, reportedly saying: ‘Whatever Labour wants, I would be happy to help in any way I can.’ ”

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