New York: Strange as it may sound, but crisis can throw up quite a few surprises and shocks. After the IS warned of Paris-type attacks on the US, the terror outfit has got a warning not from the security agencies but from the mafia.
According to a report by the Ahlul Bayt News Agency, the son of a New York mob boss has given Islamic State a stark warning, saying if they are planning any attacks in New York, they will have to contend with the Sicilian mafia. The crime syndicate say they want to do their bit to protect the locals.
Giovanni Gambino, the son of a key figure in the Gambino mob organisation, even claimed that the mafia is in a much better position than security bodies, such as the FBI or Homeland Security, to give New Yorkers the protection they need.
“They often act too late, or fail to see a complete picture of what's happening due to a lack of ‘human Intelligence,’” he told NBC News, adding the mafia’s knowledge of individual movements and interaction with locals gives it the upper hand, even compared to the latest surveillance technologies.
“The world is dangerous today, but people living in New York neighborhoods with Sicilian connections should feel safe,” he said. “We make sure our friends and families are protected from extremists and terrorists, especially the brutal, psychopathic organisation that calls itself the Islamic State.”
Gambino Jr, who was brought up in Torretta, a mountainous area overlooking Palermo, the capital of Sicily, says that Islamic State fear the Sicilian mafia, and this has been one of the main reasons why they have not tried to set up any underground cells in Sicily. The Italian island has not suffered from any terrorist attacks and Gambino feels that the mafia can offer protection in New York to help curb the rise of the Islamist terror group and help people see the mob in a new light.
“The mafia has a bad reputation, but much of that’s undeserved,” says Gambino, who moved to Brooklyn in 1988. “As with everything in life, there are good, bad and ugly parts – the rise of global terrorism gives the mafia a chance to show its good side.” A video released by ISIS on Thursday had threatened new attacks in France, Italy, the United States and beyond.