politics & history 8 Times the CIA and the Mob Worked Together to Influence World Events

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Many Americans feel little trust in their government, and with so many corrupt politicians and scandals, who can blame them? People can't help but wonder what other secrets the government might hold. It’s no wonder people are drawn to conspiracy theories about the CIA and the mafia working together, from involvement with the 9/11 attacks to the assassination of JFK.

While these conspiracies can’t be proven, CIA-mafia collusion is real. Does the mafia work for the CIA, or vice versa? Or do the two opposite sides of the law simply work together when they have a common interest, mutually beneficial for both parties? Is there sometimes a lesser of two evils? Conspiracies are hard to prove, but there are a few times the CIA worked with the mob and got caught...

The CIA Enlisted the Mob to Assassinate Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro


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In 2007, a CIA dossier was released under the Freedom of Information act that outlined CIA-mafia collusion in an attempt to assassinate Fidel Castro, who at the time was attempting to overthrow current Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in favor of a communist revolution. American officials claimed Castro was a threat to national security. During the 1960s, the CIA roped in John Roselli, an influential mobster in Chicago, Hollywood, and the Vegas Strip; Chicago mobster Sam Giancana; and New Orleans boss Santo Trafficante to have Castro poisoned. Obviously, their attempt failed.

Even Before His Dictatorship, the CIA Worked with the Mob to Undermine Castro


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Even before Castro was sworn in on February 16, 1959, the CIA began working with the mob to undermine him. Why? Well, the Cuban dictator Castro overthrew also happened to have some pretty serious mob connections, creating a corrupt state full of drugs and gambling, where "Havana would be a party that never ended." 

Naturally, when Castro's revolution prevailed, mobsters became outcasts. It's no wonder the mafia wanted Batista to stay in power so they could continue to thrive, rake in a ton of cash together, and take advantage of Cuba's close proximity to the United States.

But what was in it for the CIA? Fear of a communist nation so close to the US and the Cuban missile crisis

There are even some rumors Nixon (VP at the time) was in on the action. 

Mob Boss Lucky Luciano Helped the Government Invade Sicily During WWII


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Known as the father of organized crime in America, Charles "Lucky" Luciano (born Salvatore Lucania) dominated the illegal liquor market during Prohibition before landing a 30- to 50-year prison sentence

While in prison, Luciano offered to help the United State's World War II effort by using his criminal connections in Italy to advance the Allies' cause. The operation, known as Operation Husky, took place on the night of July 9, 1943, when 160,000 Allied troops landed on the extreme southwestern shore of Sicily. 

As a part of the deal, Luciano received parole and was deported back to Italy. He eventually made his way back to Cuba to meet up with crime cohorts Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel before he was once again deported to Italy in 1947.

Could it be a coincidence that Luciano aided the CIA in the invasion of Sicily, only to wind up in Cuba just before the CIA and the mafia plotted to assassinate Castro?

Corrupt CIA Teams with the Mafia to Steal Billions in Savings and Loans Scandal


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Back in the 1980s, the United States financial sector suffered through a period of distress focused on the savings and loans industry, the greatest bank collapse since the Great Depression

According to former reporter for the Houston Chronicle Pete Brewton, the CIA teamed up with the mafia under George Bush Senior's reign to steal billions of dollars in the savings and loan scandal of the 1980s that crippled America's economy

His book The Mafia, CIA and George Bush chronicles the findings of his investigation, which began as an investigative journalism series he wrote for the Houston Post. It suggests then-president George H. W. Bush was a member of a small circle of powerful Texas businessmen who conducted business with the mafia, with the assistance of the CIA to scam money from savings and loans.

The CIA and the Mob Caused the 1980s Cocaine Epidemic in America


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The CIA has been accused of drug trafficking for years, from running drugs into the country to be placed in the hands of the mafia to opening the drug trade in Panama. While these rumors can't be proven, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that links the CIA to the introduction of crack cocaine into Black neighborhoods in the 1980s, causing the 80's cocaine epidemic in America

In 1996, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb wrote "Dark Alliance,'' the Mercury News series about how the CIA sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles. Although he has been criticized for being biased as the mainstream media poked holes in his story, the Associated Press also reported on these connections in 1985, a decade before Webb. 

Still not convinced? In 1993, the Justice Department investigated reports of the CIA moving over 2,000 lbs of cocaine into the United States. 

The CIA Recruited Mafia Hitman Enrique "Ricky" Prado


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Enrique "Ricky" Prado - a high-level CIA spy, veteran of the Central American wars,  CIA operation manager in Korea, and top spy in America’s espionage programs against China - allegedly began his career as a hitman for the mob

Evan Wright's novel, How to Get Away With Murder in America, details Prado's relationship with mob boss and lifetime friend, Alberto San Pedro. Although it remains unproven, Wright's investigation suggests that as Prado rose up in the CIA ranks, he helped San Pedro with numerous illegal deeds

While the relationship between Pedro and Prado is strong, it's hard to believe the CIA would recruit a mafia hitman without prior knowledge of his dealings. 

CIA Technician Arrested for Bugging Mob Boss's Girlfriend as a Favor


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When it comes to the mob, there's no such thing as a favor. Especially when it comes to an overly jealous mobster. 

After the CIA-mafia collusion to assassinate Castro, Chicago crime boss Sam Giancana asked operatives to return the favor by bugging his then-girlfriend, singer Phyllis McGuire's, room to discover if she was cheating on him with Laugh-In comedian Dan Rowan, according to CIA-released records.

However, before he could get the job done, the technician was caught in the act and arrested

Veteran and Former FBI agent Richard Taus Jailed After Exposing CIA-Mob Link


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After exposing details outlining political corruption in the CIA and White House during the 1980s, Richard Taus, a decorated veteran and FBI agent, was charged with sexual assault charges and given a 90-year sentence back in 1991.

An FBI Special Agent, Taus investigated many high-profile cases, including organized crime, the US Savings and Loans scandal, the 9/11 attacks, and Irangate. That's where he discovered unlawful CIA operations, which he reported to his supervisors to no avail before becoming a source for Rodney Stich's America's Corrupt War on Drugs-and the People.

After Taus's imprisonment, his son wrote a book, To Be a Hero, Stolen Honor: Inside the FBI, CIA, and the Mob, that further details CIA-mafia collusion.

Basically, Taus claims the CIA has long been involved in drug trafficking, even moving products directly to New York crime figures. And it doesn't stop there! He even claims the CIA infiltrated FBI investigations that could expose their criminal misdoings and cracked down on the Sicilian mafia to eliminate competition for the American mafia.

Was his arrest a ploy to shut him up?