The final example is that congress even had to get involved into the war against the mafia. “In 1970, Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which proved to be a powerful tool in the government’s war on the Mafia.”(American Mafia US History) It’s obvious that the mafia has influenced our government in good and bad ways. From helping stop the spread of communism to influencing elections its obvious the mafia has played a bigger role in politics than most people realize. The selling of illegal substances, prostitution, and illegal gambling were some ... ... middle of paper ... ...er only hours after the assassination can only raise speculation to why the mafia was so quick to silence him. After the Cuban missile crisis America was very tense with Cuba.
In New York five families reigned supreme: the Gambino, Lucchese, Genovese, Bonanno and Colombo families. They “generated a toxic effect on the lives of all New Yorkers and untold millions of Americans...” (Raab). The Gambino Crime Family, the most powerful of the five, sank it tentacles into virtually every aspect of American life from its beginning during... ... middle of paper ... ... stamps many corrupt OPA officials started selling them in bulk to the gangsters. Gambino realized that just buying them from the officials was much safer than robbing safes and began distributing the illegal rations through his old bootlegging channels. Cosa Nostra informer said that Gambino often collected over $1 million on a single deal alone.
When Hoover became director of the Bureau in 1924, he quickly formed an elite force of powerful law enforcement officers. He enhanced the FBI’s fame by capturing many gangsters, bank robbers, and other lawbreakers. After World War II he waged a relentless fight against internal subversion. The 1970’s often criticized Hoover for his authoritarian methods. He died in Washington, D.C., on May 2, 1972.
One of the most recognizable examples is the bootlegging of alcohol during the Prohibition. When federal officials attempted to enforce legislation such as the Volstead Act, there was a surge of illegal sales and profits. In 1927, Al Capone and his gang racked up over $60 million from bootlegged alcohol. With all of this money came tons of violence, people were getting murdered in broad daylight just so others could have a sum of all of this wealth. Soon Mob families would own clubs or casinos to increase their wealth.
Notice now how almost every movie that has anything to do with politics involves some sinister politician wanting to cheat the people. Doubtfully, when the founding fathers set out for a more united government with a qualified leader, they probably were not worried the he or she would be involved in illegal actions. Most importantly, when the American people disrespect the presidency, and are too busy criticizing or ridiculing the actions and behavior of the man holding the office, we no longer unite under him, and then all patriotism is lost.
It was now known that President Richard Nixon had a tape recording system which recorded all phone conversations in the white house. The United States Supreme Court ruled that Nixon had to hand over the tapes, which he refused to do so. This greatly impacted Nixon, which revealed that he had something to hide. Before President Nixon could have faced certain impeachment, he resigned,... ... middle of paper ... ...known as the “Smoking Gun Tape” politically ruined Nixon’s career. The House Judiciary Committee said that they would all support the impeachment of the president.
Almost half a century has passed since the mysterious disappearance of James Riddle Hoffa. In a time where unions were synonymous with the mob, James Hoffa reigned ruthlessly over the Teamsters Union. While Jimmy was president, he obtained labor contracts using any means necessary. Those contracts were intertwined with the mafia and helped the Teamsters Union flourish. Jimmy Hoffa’s closely-knit relationship with the mafia proves the existence of violence and corruption in the nation’s largest labor union which ultimately lead to his murder on July 30, 1975.
The next example was in the Washington post it says “Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon all considered sacking him, Hoover. Even in the 1960s, he had a strong public image as an honest, competent law enforcement technocrat.” (Ackerman Washington post). He was such a powerful public figure and the public were amazed over the FBI that if a president fired him it would be more devastating for the presidents than it would for Hoover. Presidents such as Kennedy and Nixon knew that Hoover would have something on them and if he were let go than whatever he had on them would not only become public but the headline. “In 1936 Roosevelt instructed Hoover to keep him informed on fascist and Communist activities in the U.S. Hoover took the opportunity to increase his d... ... middle of paper ... ...ing organized crime and foreign threats posed during wartime and other foreign spy agencies.
“The Order was the most violent and notorious domestic terrorist group of the 80’s” (www.nizkor.org/web...1/paranoia-as-patriotism/the-order.htlml). Founded in 1983 by Robert Mathews, it was one of the first racists militia groups. It gathered it’s members from the National Alliance, Aryan Nation, and other Klan splinter groups. Mathews felt that it was his duty in life to lead a revolution against government and all non-white citizens of the U.S. During the first year of existence, the Order stole close to $26,000 in order to launch a counterfeiting operation. In total, the Order stole over four-million dollars from banks and armored trucks.
This gave Kennedy even more trouble trying to pass some of his bills in Congress, especially those that concerned Catholics or Catholic Schools. He and his family were famous for the rumour of the "Kennedy Curse". This grew up around the mysterious circumstances of many of his family members' deaths including Kennedy's own assassination. Although Kennedy was famous for his friendship with the American singer Frank Sinatra; Sinatra' mafia links linked in... ... middle of paper ... ...g cigar. This open, state sponsored assassination made Kennedy very controversial as the President was meant to be the face of the Free World and a man that you could trust.