Going to G8: The Italian Security Decree

Posted in Europe | 07-Jul-09 | Author: Piero Laporta

A giant entrance gate is seen at the G8 summit site in L'Aquila, Italy on Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

The Italian conservatives are nervous, in the opposition as well as in the ruling party: the 128 pages of the Security Law Decree closes all the escape routes for criminals, big and small. It also takes away immunity for the "disobedient", whom we shall see in action during the G8 at L'Aquila. They are a sort of "special forces" used to create and increase tensions to be exploited politically.

There are even some in the parties which make up the ruling majority who nurture nostalgia for those little games, unaware that they are far form having achieved the excellence matured on the "left". They are the "useful idiots" very similar to those who are living these hours in the terror of definitely losing control of this mob, of the suburbs, and of the exploitation of immigrants.

This is what remains of the subversive techniques of the 1968 movement.
These early compromises between politics and criminal elements gave life to these small-time felons who prospered on the wave of the same guarantees assured to the terrorists. Naples, unchanged form the days of the Lauro clan to today, is the supporting column of these policies. Naples, but also Sicily and Calabria and, to a smaller but not insignificant degree, the Puglia region, are breeding grounds for small time criminals, who pave the way for organized crime and render law and order measures ineffective. What results is a permanent infection, exploited by political parties interested only in creating difficulties for the institutions; by self proclaimed intellectuals who are in bed with the parties and the labor unions: and the police and justices unions, who blame the society for all the ills we face and today conveniently blame Prime Minister Berlusconi as the source for all the problems, but being careful never to assume their own responsibilities in these matters.

This Decree Law not only brings back the crime of contempt against public officials, urgent, as a matter of fact, given the exponential increase in the level and severity of insults, a clear symptom of spreading immorality. Prosecuting who spray paints on walls and buildings, as well as those who litter the streets, is a minimum but indispensable start in bringing back the rule of law.

It is strange that those who proffer themselves as the defenders of children are not applauding prison terms and the taking of children away from parents who use them for begging. They don't even like the measures designed to break up the trafficking of human beings in the Mediterranean region. They are not even moved by the fact that this decree law, for the first time in the history of Italian justice, throws in jail those who commit crimes around schools or where minors are present, such as in game rooms. For instance, Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, a well-known bishop from the Italian press for his anti-government position, has expressed strong opposition to this decree.

This bishop is the secretary of the Vatican's Pontifical Council on Migrants and Itinerants, but is not a Holy See spokesperson. In fact, he has been discredited by Vatican authorities as not authorized to speak for the Holy See.

Archbishop Marchetto is not alone. Isn't it curious that those mediocre Neapolitan and Sicilian writers, always the first to speak against the various Mafias, do not applaud at the harsher sentences inflicted against those who facilitate crime bosses in solitary confinement to communicate with the outside, and even harsher sentences if these are public officials or lawyers?

John Q. Public, who for the last 40 years has been subjected to daily assaults on his personal security, on his house, on his loved ones, is very pleased with the new special powers given to provincial police chiefs to control construction and service contracts; he approves the confiscation of property of falsely declared bankruptcies, and the closure of money transfer offices when they do not respect stringent security rules.

John Q. Public could care less about Monsignor Marchetto's opinions and is very happy about the concrete fight against the degradation of his neighborhood. He knows that one starts with the clean-up of the graffiti on the walls, then proceeds to wipe out those centers of illicit operations, as most of these money transfer agencies are: the game rooms: and even the schools. Mr. John Q. Public knows that his life will improve thanks to the immediate suspension of any driver's license (including mopeds, finally) for habitual criminals and for the drug addicts who crowd his neighborhood.

After the Vatican has been discredited Monsignor Marchetto, Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanti, archbishop of Milan and strictly connected with Marchetto, came forward. He is known for being one of the leaders of the deployment against Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Tettamanti has harshly criticized the decree of the government. This cardinal is involved within the vast network of "no profit" organizations that have so far earned an incalculable amount of money from national subsidies as well as regional and municipal contributions. These revenues will be reduced significantly due to the drastic reduction of illegal immigration. Although many Italian newspapers and several foreign correspondents have reported a Vatican opposition to the Italian government decree, this is completely untrue. "L'Osservatore Romano" (Roman Observer), the newspaper of the Holy See, not said anything about the decree of the Italian government. This silence means "yes" in the language of the Secretariat of State of the Vatican.

Only one danger remains, and it will emerge soon: that of political sabotage; and of the writings of hacks: and of certain sectors of the judicial system and of law enforcement, who prosper in the current disorder, and of course, of Monsignor Marchetto and his friends.