- A mafia "is a type of organized crime syndicate that primarily practices protection racketeering — the use of violent intimidation to manipulate local economic activity, especially illicit trade; secondary activities may be practiced such as drug-trafficking, loan sharkingand fraud. Being bonded together by a code of honor, in particular the code of silence (or omertà in southern Italy), safeguards the Mafia from outside intrusion and law enforcement action. ...
When used alone and without any qualifier, "Mafia" typically refers to either the Sicilian Mafia or the Italian-American Mafia."
- MAFIA CRACKDOWN
- FBI charges 127 alleged mobsters in north-east US - with a VIDEO - 20 January 2011
"US Attorney General Eric Holder said the arrests were part of an ''ongoing fight against organised crime"...
FBI Director Robert Mueller said: "Some believe organised crime is a thing of the past; unfortunately, there are still people who extort, intimidate, and victimise innocent Americans."
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'The Family' (2014)