Cosa Nostra - It’s Their Thing


They interrupted the employee of the Council, Prodi during the General States of the Antimafia. While he was saying that the government is adopting efficient measures to combat the mafia.
They shouted at him: “In Parliament there are 25 people with sentences passed in the courts! And “Kick out from the Antimafia commission, the parliamentarians who are convicts!” Prodi reacted with the vigour of a boiled doughnut: “Questions are being asked of the President of the Council that should be put to the Parliament”
He was unprepared. It happens. But it’s not acceptable to hide behind Parliament. It’s an admission of powerlessness. If he doesn’t know how to respond to questions that are fundamental for democracy, he can’t represent us.
The Antimafia Commission needs a name change. To AntiState Commission. Since it came into existence, the mafias have been in full expansion. The Antimafia commission has two new members who are convicts: Pomicino, bribes, and Vito, corruption.
Their sponsors are DC-PSI and Forza Italia. But the other parties have just observed.
There’s a chasm between the country and these people, these parties.
A break down that is no longer nourished by the hope of change but by frustration and anger. I’m not clairvoyant. I don’t know how it will finish up. But I’m pessimistic. And a pessimistic comic is not a great spectacle. Former-corrupt people and former bribe-takers against the mafia. Who will win?
I want Provenzano in the Antimafia. He instills trust in me. He has put himself forward in person and he has never invoked parliamentary immunity. Compared to this lot, he’s a gentleman.

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Exactly so Alex..!! :o)

Posted by: paola filinesi | November 21, 2006 08:49 PM

There is an old saying in English - 'set a thief to catch a thief' - maybe this is the anti-mafia strategy;-)

Posted by: Alex R | November 21, 2006 12:09 AM

I just finish to read the book " il giorno della civetta" by Leonardo Sciascia,how can we talk about antimafia commission,if first don't we start clean up the parliament from the ministers that shouldn't be there in the first place?,anybody that have a tiny spot, should go or put in quarantine until been clear from wrongdoing,RESET RESET RESET

Posted by: evakulnura | November 20, 2006 10:07 PM

""Former-corrupt people and former bribe-takers against the mafia. Who will win?""

Well....In my opinion there might be a chance of a good result...(??)!!!
They know the tricks of the trade...they know how to fight them....who knows, we might be surprised...cunning minds need cunning minds as rivals. The outcome could be in favour of justice.....^-o

Posted by: paola filinesi | November 20, 2006 03:08 PM

Hello everyone, I may be missing something and for sure I am not aware of all the rules and modis operandi that are applicable to an election in my Country (And I plea guilty as charged). First question that I have is about Parties in general (Private institutions run by Non elected Individuals that receive Public Money) and it appears to me that new ones are popping up every day. They appear to me more the extension of an Individual ego more that a political affiliation of people genuinely aggregating to resolve issues related to governing this Country. Now as far as I know (Although mentioned from all sides the infamous Percentage Limit has been invoked by everybody but never applied, Self-preservation of species!) these Parties are composed of Practitioner of Politics and like all the Association Of a Category (Associazione di Categoria slated to be revised like ABI, Confcommercio, Ass. Avvocati, Dentisti, Taxi, etc You name it we have it!) are by definition Association strictly and with sole purpose to protect and advance the Founding Category. Now having sat that, what do you think Parties are, an association of individuals strictly dedicated to protect and preserve the status quo of the founding individuals whomever they may be. And to make the matter worst is the fact thatfirst and foremost they exist and thrive with Public money and a whole lots of it, while we (The suckers!) have the privilege and duty to vote for these Associations only after they meet in secret (Only Parties President allowed) decide a common action plan for laws rules and regulations applicable to common folks (Result should be “The Action Plan” once elected to Govern the Country). Usually, proven throughout History of Italy (56 Government) they don’t even stick to the original plan and everything starts all over again (Usually an election every 14 months on average). I am not positive from the legal stand point if it is this simple although this is the way I see it and for the life of me I can figure out how can it go on like this either I don’t get the whole picture or these buffoons have devised a very good system of sucking Italians dry and more importantly get re-elected at every chance they have or we allowed them to have.
Thanks for the opportunity

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | November 20, 2006 02:40 PM

Hi Maureen Lister,
I think you have problems using the Internet...

I went to, looked for inquiry commissions and found the antimafia at the following address:

I think this is the nowadays commission.
Where did you find the other link???

Posted by: Tadeus Szemowski | November 20, 2006 11:32 AM

In Italy a person convicted of a crime is not permitted to become a jury member in Court, however the same person can run for office, be elected as a legislator and called Onorevole (Onorevole Delinquente?). What a "casino" of a Country!

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | November 19, 2006 09:21 PM

The anti-mafia commission is the reflex of the parliament.
The parliament is the reflex of what people want to preserve and they get to know about candidates trough the media.

The only democratic solution is the creation of a Leadership out from those parties that support and are colluded with the status-quo. Leadership able to impose itself trough the organization of popular primaries elections open only for those that are and have demonstrated their honesty over time. Leadership and organization with a code of conduct able to stand up to the second millennium need of commitment and honesty for democracy.

Buon lavoro

Posted by: Massimo Di Bella | November 19, 2006 07:55 PM

That's true, Provenzano compared to this lot is a GENTLEMAN. But what's the point of blabbering against Prodi now? I don't want devilsconi back in charge, indeed Prodi is a soft sh@te but if it's REALLY a case of doing something about it, then let's just move in a proposal of a referendum for a modification of the election system law: NOBODY who has been convicted, or is in a very "delicate" situation concerning serious allegations (example: erm... Devilsconi???) CANNOT be enlisted in ANY political party previous to any elections and once the elections are done the parties elected are to be FROZEN. The elected members who are eventually to be accused of any wrong doing, in case of guilty verdict, they are to be expelled by the party STRAIGHTAWAY and forbidden to ever enlist themselves again in any party. EVER. Let's say a miracle happens and what i just wrote is put into practice, it will have IMMEDIATE EFFECT, no prancing abouts of any sorts (we italians are so good at it...). How about that? If we ITALIANS want to do something about it we can.

Posted by: Giuseppe Graceffa | November 19, 2006 07:30 PM

Hello there Mr. George Di-Stefano
If I understand your question correctly this is my answer:
First we didn't tolerate Berlusconi, and that is the reason Mr. Berlusconi didn't get re-elected. I realize though that for Mr. Berlusconi this doesn't mean much, he is still ranting and raving about all the good things he did and I am sure if he ever gets re-elected again we shall have the same corruption actually multiply by a factor because he will have to appease few more people to get there.
Thanks for the opportunity

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | November 19, 2006 06:28 PM

If the Italian people could tolerate Berlusconi and his gang for 5 years, why is anyone surprised that they are indifferent to the corruption in Parliament?

Posted by: george de stefano | November 19, 2006 06:00 PM

Hello there, like in the real world and in any activities that people chooses to pursue, Politics especially in Italy is a constant evolving matter. Not to blame anyone it has taken at least 50 years to get to this state of affairs we find our political system to be in right now. To be perfectly honest I do not blame these incompetent (Although very competent how to get to their current position) Politicians for what they did/done/will do, they are just taking full advantage of the opportunities that either they created themselves or of the fact we continue to believe the things they tell us before and after they are elected. Now in an ideal system (Private or Public) there should be checks and balances for everyone from the bottom of the enterprise pyramid as well as the top. In the Italian Political System if the Parties are allowed to write the checks and balances to which they themselves will be held accountable too, I don’t mean any disrespect to anyone but it’s simply irresponsible (I am trying not say stupid/foolish/inappropriate). To expect that these self preserving species to legislate themselves it is foolish and this is the reason I am expecting worst thing to happen before they will improve. As a matter of fact just to establish a current event to compare these facts is the “Indulto” each side of Parliament had his reasons, 80% of the un-elected Politicians voted for it now they released between 24000-30000 people, who will be held responsible for the screw-up? (I will venture to take a guess “No-One!”). Like in any games/activities/business etc. there are written rules and regulations even in politics there are rules, with the only difference that if in politics someone doesn’t like the existing rules they decide to change it in the middle of the game and so You voted already is up to them to live up to the promised they give you before the vote. The vote should be given to a specific individual with the strings attached that if the mandate from the people is not fulfilled (Mandate means for a finite period of time, not infinite or for life) they go home and when the mandate is over their Modus Operandi will be reviewed and scrutinized by the citizen and the result should be disbarment from serving the Country or any Government Agency for ever. Not until the people will raise up and demand Responsibility and Accountability from them to Us these species will self protect themselves and shield themselves from any repercussion. Mastella’s sons are in the US, they study there have become citizen live under the rule of Laws while here we have Mr. Mastella history and legacy on TV every day (Naples and company) while his wife is proudly serving the Campania Region I am not sure doing what. Is this self preservation or what, we need to raise up and demand these buffoons to go home get a real job and stop stealing from us.
Thanks for the opportunity

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | November 19, 2006 04:05 PM

Unfortunately I agree with Silvestro di Pietro, when he says that italian parliament is an expression of italian people. Why did italian people vote for convicted politicians? It seems they don't give a shit about it. Still, it would be so easy: we had only to vote for parties without convicted candidates. I did it.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | November 19, 2006 01:16 PM

The italian parliament is an expression of Italian People. I'm proud to be an Italian, Yes I think that there are things to be changed, but just blame at all Italian is foolish like thinking that "convicts" parliamentars are to be excluded from parliament by law.
I think that to be "convicts" should not a reason to exclude some one from the parliaments, and this because laws can change an because this will an interfering of one of state power to another. As I already wrote the italian parliament is an expression of Italian People.

Posted by: Silvestro Di Pietro | November 19, 2006 12:10 PM

Dear Italian parliament please get your website updated so that we can see the list of the names of the anti-mafia commission. See

Posted by: Maureen Lister | November 19, 2006 11:06 AM

There is no chasm between the Parliament and the people! We have the Parliament that we more or less deserve! Who is voting those people?

Posted by: francesco filippi | November 19, 2006 06:43 AM

The Italian Parliament has put the proverbial fox in charge of guarding the chicken coup! The Italian unrivaled political arrogance is only surpassed by its very deep seated corruption. Face it people: the rot has become gangrenous.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | November 19, 2006 05:11 AM

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