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Mr. Sparkle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:17 AM
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Mafia 'sank ships of toxic waste'

By Duncan Kennedy
BBC News, Italy

A shipwreck apparently containing toxic waste is being investigated by authorities in Italy amid claims that it was deliberately sunk by the mafia.An informant from the Calabrian mafia said the ship was one of a number he blew up as part of an illegal operation to bypass laws on toxic waste disposal.

The sunken vessel has been found 30km (18 miles) off the south-west of Italy.The informant said it contained "nuclear" material. Officials said it would be tested for radioactivity.

Murky pictures taken by a robot camera show the vessel intact and alongside it are a number of yellow barrels.Labels on them say the contents are toxic.

The informant said the mafia had muscled in on the lucrative business of radioactive waste disposal.
But he said that instead of getting rid of the material safely, he blew up the vessel out at sea, off the Calabrian coast.

He also says he was responsible for sinking two other ships containing toxic waste.Experts are now examining samples taken from the wreck.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8257912.stm
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:24 AM
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1. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the 'Ndrangheta
What we commonly refer to as the Mafia or La Cosa Nostra is based in Sicily, but the 'Ndrangheta (pronounced "DRAWN-get-a") is based in southern Italy. As the Mafia's influence is beginning to dim, the 'Ndrangheta is now positioning itself to pick up the slack.

The 'Ndrangheta also has an extensive collection of folk songs about organized crime, compiled by a non-mobster music producer and offered for sale here (no profits go to the 'Ndrangheta):

http://www.malavita.com
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:49 AM
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2. damn...talk about shitting where you eat...
it's not like something insignificant like radioactive waste will come back to haunt them in the near future... :sarcasm:
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MindPilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:23 AM
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3. "Waste management. You tell 'em I work in waste management" -- Tony Soprano
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