Clementina Forleo on trial: the crafty ones in Parliament


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The journalist Ferruccio Sansa has reminded me that the neighbourhood wide boys, already thanks to the Great pardon of the errant ceppalonic guy, will be rewarded with a triumphal entrance into Parliament. Clementina Forleo is on trial, her parents have died in a mysterious road accident after being subject to threats. Clementina into the fire. The defendants of the Antonveneta investigation and their mates at the club Med of the Lower and Upper Houses with 25,000 Euro a month plus benefits. Read the letter from Ferruccio with an empty stomach. So that you don’t vomit on the carpet.

Dear Beppe,
The parties have presented their lists for the forthcoming elections. Some can feel satisfied: the local wide boys. In fact it wasn’t enough that Parliament voted for the Greta Pardon that offered impunity to almost all of the protagonists in the Antonveneta scandal. In the general silence, the Centre, Centre Left and centre Right have put forward as candidates all the politicians who appeared in the intercepts and in the Antonveneta trial documents. Here they are: Nicola Latorre (Pd), Luigi Grillo (Pdl), Aldo Brancher (Pdl), Roberto Calderoli (Lega) and Ivo Tarolli (Udc) (without mentioning the big names who had walk on roles in the intercepts and in the witness statements, that is Massimo D’Alema, Piero Fassino, Giancarlo Giorgetti, etc…).
Many people will have forgotten who they are. But perhaps it would be necessary to refresh memories by going to read the intercepts of that inglorious Summer of 2005.
Nicola Latorre faithful follower of Massimo D’Alema, appears often in the dirty dealing uncovered by the investigators. In practice, his task is that of bag-carrier or more accurately of mobile-phone-carrier of the DS leader. Ricucci and Consorte call and Latorre listens, asks for instructions, passes the phone to D’Alema. Let’s listen to that.
On 18 July 2005, at the crucial moment of the takeover bids that then landed up with the Prosecutors, Latorre talks to Ricucci who presents himself: “Here you have comrade Ricucci ready. Anyway I’ve told Consorte, give me a card, I can’t keep on like this.”
Latorre : “By now you have become a dangerous red subversive .
Ricucci : Me, I’ve taken form Unipol. Everything’s OK. WE have done all the operations with Unipol.”
On 6 July 2005, Latorre talks to Giovanni Consorte. Unipol’s former top man (under investigation for rigging the market) is worried that Caltagirone and the other co-conspirators who hold a part of the BNL patrimony have thrown him a hot potato. But Latorre consoles him.
Consorte: Caltagirone and his lot “have got out and they want to sell.”
Latorre :”Yes”
Consorte:”Well then, there are two problems. The first is the price but there, there’s no discussion: we have offered them 2.60 euro, take it or leave it. And naturally 2.60 euro is … - isn’t negotiable because .. – well - … this morning we went to Isvap in the Bank of Italy, where we had to lend a hand to Frasca, Nicò, because they are crucifying him because of that pig of a Governor. Because Frasca is a comrade you see! Well, he’s a broken man!. OK. Anyway it’s something that I want to talk to you and Massimo on another occasion.”
For those who might have forgotten, Frasca was head of Surveillance at the Bank of Italy and was investigated by the Rome Prosecution for abuse of Office.

Latorre and Consorte talk about the details of the agreement, then Consorte concludes.
Consorte: “Thus if these people accept a deferment, let’s say, in inverted commas, the game is over. If they don’t accept, it means they have, something for which I have evidence, been dealing with the Spanish to relaunch their own. This is the situation. Thus tomorrow I’m meeting them at 6 o’clock. At 8 o’clock I’ll call you and tell you how’s it’s going to finish.”
Latorre : “But should Massimo telephone ‘the engineer’?”
Consorte:”Well, look, I’ve thought about that and that’s why I phoned you. And …Nicola you have to give me time until tomorrow afternoon at 3 pm and the reason is this: if I manage to complete with the people I’m talking to…”
Latorre : “It’s best that he goes away.”
Consorte: No, no. It’s best that Massimo makes the telephone call.”
Here is the famous telephone conversation between D’Alema and Consorte.
D’Alema: “Then I’ve got something to say to you if you manage to get a second, face to face.”
Consorte: “Are you in Rome on Sunday? Or do you have to speak to me before that?”
D’Alema: “Well… I wanted to tell you .. about the care you have to take. Perhaps…”
Consorte: “Uhm”.
D’Alema: “Perhaps you’ve heard the rumour, let’s say. I have to make a list for you of the care you have to take.. Yes about communications.”
Who knows what D’Alema meant with these words. Perhaps he meant that it was necessary to pay more attention to how the Unipol-Bnl financial operation was communicated to the public. Legitimate. But the investigators have the feeling that he wanted to tell Consorte to watch out for possible telephone intercepts. We’ll never know. Having convinced Caltagirone and friends to sell to Unipol, there’s just Vito Bonsignore to convince. He’s a Euro-MP with the UDC now passed to the PdL with Berlusconi.
D’Alema: “I’ve spoken to Bonsignore who said what shall we do, come out or stay for a year? If it’s any use to you, he’ll stay… Evidently he is interested in being hidden in a political context...».
Consorte: “Obviously, no one does something for nothing.”

The PD has decided to have Latorre, D’Alema and Piero Fassino as candidates. Not one of them is under investigation. Is their honour intact?
Certainly, the Popolo della Libertà (People of Liberty) is doing much worse. Its candidates have also been investigated. In Puglia, far away from the bright lights, Berlusconi has decided to have Luigi Grillo as a candidate. He’s under investigation for collaboration in rigging the market. Grillo has always been – and he has admitted it proudly – one of the sponsors of the former Governor Antonio Fazio (under investigation for rigging the market, abuse of office and insider trading). Grillo has always been a supporter of Gianpiero Fiorani, whom he has defined as “a very good banker”. And according to the investigators, Grillo has obtained from the Banca Popolare di Lodi, from Fiorani, an overdraft of 250 thousand euro.
In the Veneto Region for the Lower House, here you have Aldo Brancher (Forza Italia), under investigation in Milan for receiving, and he’s at the top of the list for the Lega in the Senate.
If it hadn’t been for Fiorani, the Lega would probably have been bankrupt. He’s the Lodi banker that picked up Credieuronord, the Po valley bank that Bossi wanted that accumulated a mass of debts. The Lega school of Varese. The Pontida meadow, the very one that each year is filled with green flags for the speeches of the “Senatur”. All the symbols of the Lega over time have been bought with money from the Banca Popolare di Lodi. Money that il Carroccio has received starting from the 1990s: totaling, in overdrafts and loans, 10 million euro, to which must be added about another million coming from the Banca Popolare di Crema (controlled from Lodi). All that obtained by offering as collateral the historic headquarters of il Carroccio, the building in via Bellerio. Nothing illicit in that, but if you analyse the bank accounts of the Lega (13 of them, all with the Milan branch of the BpL) you see that what unites il Carroccio and Fiorani’s Institute is not just a simple business connection: the very existence of the Lega depended on the wish of Lodi.
The Udc didn’t want to do less. In Trentino Alto Adige it has Ivo Tarolli as a candidate. Among the trusted friends of Fazio and Fiorani (for him the Lodi prosecution has asked for the archiving of the initial hypothesis of embezzlement)." Ferruccio Sansa

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LP, sustainable development would turn things around, but unfortunately it is the last thing our rulers want to see implemented. It took me many years to accept the fact that humanity is and has always been ruled by cruel, greedy and ruthless people. Pasolini had prophesied all that is happening now and was constantly saying that he had no hope, no hope.

Posted by: Mark | March 20, 2008 03:48 PM

LP, think how beautiful the Italian coastline must have been at the time of the Romans! Now there is so much concrete and asphalt spoiling it that few people can imagine the original splendor. The same defacement is of course taking place in the rest of the world. This earth would be magnificent without us.

Posted by: Mark | March 19, 2008 09:47 PM

My town was truly a beautiful town when I left it fifty years ago. Periodically, I went back and each time I did I found something beautiful replaced by something ugly. I could go on and on about its metamorphosis, but I won't. It's even too painful to write about it. But I'll just mention few details. When I was a kid I swam in a clean sea; I was always outdoors free to roam the beaches and the countryside, played soccer from morning till dusk in the streets, from the bell-fry of the church's steeple, I could look out as far as the eye could see onto the horizon of the sea and fantasized about foreign lands. I climbed the pinetrees alongside the boulevards looking for pine-cones, ran atop the walls of a real fortress and the air was clean and all the kids were free. Now the kids do nothing because the spaces are gone, views blocked, the beach turned into a long strip-mall, the streets are jammed with parked cars, the air is redolent with the stench of exhaust fumes, the boulevards gone and the caffes have taken over whatever public space was available in front of their businesses. But the funny thing is that most people think the town has improved; they have no idea of how crowded they live; forgot about the town's former human dimension; forgot about how clear and clean the sea was; forgot about the sea-stars, the sea-horses, the clams, the shells that used to be swept in by the high-tides. None of that now: all killed by a dirty sea. My town has been transformed into a north American plaza with the relative parking lot, but with a difference: the people there are being suffocated by cars. But the kids are the real losers in all of this as they spend their best years inside a house or a building. But as long the palazzinari make money, who the hell cares? In any event, it's really too bad what they did to my town. I guess that's what the palazzinari are doing to most parts of Italy.

Posted by: LP | March 19, 2008 09:36 PM

Louis, I had no intention to include you with the gullible.
To Augusto: I quote Leo Buscaglia - Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.

Posted by: Mark | March 19, 2008 06:21 PM

Hi Mark, I was merely trying to get a debate going. Obviously the racist coward chickened-out. And you know what? I rather be gullible than just ignore comments like that. But, it's interesting to know that some people know where things are at on blogs and don't fall for baiting. But what can one do? Some people are gullible and others are not. Ain't life a bitch?

Posted by: Louis Pacella | March 19, 2008 05:02 PM

Would any one wish to invest in a MODERN FEUDAL SOCIETY? One without the RULE of LAW?
I would not and in fact as soon as I relised this as the cause of the Italian malaise have pulled out all business and property activity from the motherland.
My advise to others is beware of the Italian rotten system you may loose your underpants whilst walking and may only discover it once you are completely starkers. This used to be said about about Naples after the war but it seems that the contagion has spread to the whole of Italy now.

Posted by: Maurizio Odello | March 19, 2008 01:18 PM

The result of decades of poor management, bad politics, corruption and burocracy in Italy is that there are no foreign investors or entrpreneurs willing to invest their capital overthere.

Posted by: frank hat | March 19, 2008 11:57 AM

Louis Pacella, this English Blog is a free for all unmoderated site to vent frustrations some of which would not be tolerated in a moderated site. Statements of unexplained hatred fortunately disqualify themselves and only the truly gullible could fall for them.

Posted by: Mark | March 19, 2008 03:03 AM

At first reading I tried to ignore you augusto imperatore, but then I actually sent an e-mail to the owner of this blog suggesting the yanking of that cowardly, full-of-hate comment. As you can see he refused. OK, let's talk about it! You hiss your hate for Jews. I say you're a coward. That comment is the comment of a coward who hides behind a monitor and a phoney name so that he can insult the memory of six million Jews. Tell us why you hate Jews. If you had any guts you would explain why you feel so much hate. But I gotta a feeling that you're gonna spew more hate and insults -that is if you're going to answer at all! Prove me wrong.

Posted by: Louis Pacella | March 19, 2008 01:06 AM

Ok, so, there is no alternative to the corruptions of those political parties? Whom shall we vote? If everyone is corrupted, then what is a citizen to do? I have left "bella Italia" and live now in a much better organised country, but, we must admit, even if political corruption is lower here, the country itself is a lot less beautiful....anyway, we are not here for "beauty", let's hope our children have a future, and continue pray for the "sinking ship".

Posted by: Daniela Giachin | March 18, 2008 10:21 PM

Wall Street got the shakes. Rumblings of 1929-style economic crash are ruining the night-sleep of investors, financiers, bankers and federal officials. While the CEO's who loaned money to moneyless people -sparking the worse economic crisis since WWII- have been more than forgiven with bonuses and million-dollars salaries. The victims? Que sera, sera. In the meantime the standard-bearers of the free-market system who are against welfare, against a public health system; saying that there is no free lunch; that it's a swim-or-sink world and want a derugalated and privatized society with no taxes, are asking the government to bail-out bankrupted private financial institutions with taxpayers money. Free market system? Sounds more like socialism for the rich.

Posted by: LP | March 18, 2008 06:29 PM

"neighbourhood wide boys" should read neighbourhood wise boys, I think. As always the innocents are prosecuted and the guilty are shamelessly paraded for re-election as if they were the only choice. Glad to be miles away from this cesspool.

Posted by: Mark | March 18, 2008 02:33 PM

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