Day 441: Inside Italy’s Secret Toxic Waste Scandal

Carmine Schiavone

Twenty years ago, a very important Mafia man, Carmine Schiavone, repented.

We have two kinds of ‘repentments’ in Italy, the genuine one, following the realization that one has not led an honorable life and one as a ‘State Defined’ repentance of a mafia man turned informant in exchange for benefits, the State of Repentant is similar to the Witness Protection Program – minus the protection of course but this is something many had to learn directly and many times, too late.

There have been few repented Mafia men of the first kind in Italy, it’s hard to repent fo your crimes when you are part of an organization that has connived with everyone important in the country and that spans from the vatican banking system to the presidency of the republic, because ultimately, if everyone is IN IT, how do we know what is right and what is wrong if the others do not show any remorse and do not repent? If the Vatican doesn’t repent for laundering the mafia money, for supporting arms dealers and pornography, if our first citizen, Napolitano, puts the seal on life saving information claiming it is the best for the public, who gets to establish the rights and wrongs of this existence?

So, to find repented men of the first kind among the Mafia organization is not just rare, it’s an event of extraordinary social proportion, the rising of a conscience, of a morality that could not be silenced even by the whole system agreeing to redefining morality into personal interests and gains, it is the dilemma of something that takes place against all odds, a true miracle of some sort.

The most famous first-kind-repented, Buscetta and Schiavone, gave the State an idea for those that followed, after all the State had major interest in directing and controlling repentances and not having people go and spill the beans in public, on things that saw them directly involved and that they had tried for decades to cover up.

The story of Carmine Schiavone and his True repentment casts  huge shadows on our State, our State of Affairs and our State of Mind, his revelations should have caused a paralyzing reaction of all the government organization as they halted everything else that was not equally urgent to look for a solution and a roar from the people that should have been heard all the way to Congo, but it didn’t.

When Carmine Schiavone started to talk, he opened the huge can of worms regarding the land that is know as ‘The Land of Fires’, a place in the region of Campania, the region next to Lazio where Rome is the Capital, where cancer rates, deformation and odd health complaints are the highest in Italy  and on a steady rising.

57 municipalities between Naples and Caserta signed the Land of Fires Pact on July 11, 2013. But the truth is that no one knows in how many places and where the toxic waste has been buried in the area over the years. ARPAC, the Campania environmental agency, has found more than 2,000 contaminated sites.

Actually the description of the place as ‘Land of Fires’ is quite misleading because it only shows the tip of the iceberg, where many believed, through media manipulation, that what is causing those undeniable increases in death and deformation are the fires lit at night to burn toxic waste, like plastic, whose fumes are, ‘in the mind of the misinformed local people’, the cause of such detrimental changes in their  health.
One shameless newspaper, Corriere della Sera,  had an article called ‘The Land of Fireworks‘, telling the story of how illegal fireworks were fired at night for celebrations of various events with fees that could go up to 1500 euros. A clear example of how we use the media to manipulate, mislead, diminish and possibly confuse an event that should have taken priority on everything else since it came to light.

What Schiavone has been saying, for 20 years now, to all that will hear him out while surviving 3 attempts to be suicided by his former partner in crime, the State, is that 200 tons of toxic waste has been hidden underground into depths up to 30 metres, which has affected the acquifers, the water resources of the land. Sometimes they would dig huge holes and bury the whole toxic truck into it when not jut the barrels of the liquid toxic waste or pallets loaded with it.

The waste he talked about is not just your everyday asbestos, no, it’s toxic waste from leather and metal factories, acids, lead, mercury, uranium, things that are so toxic that the land has simply died in some places and nothing grows anymore and what grows is so polluted it should not be eaten.

By the way, what still grows there and is contaminated goes on the tables of every person in Italy, Europe and the world in a sort of Russian roulette; that is the land of tomatoes, of buffalo mozzarella, products that we proudly export without sharing with the world our dirty laundry because it could affect our GDP and the next elections and if some have to die of horrible disfiguring painful deaths – oh well, too bad, but we all have to die somehow, no?

The result is that these fields, despite the prohibitions, are still cultivated by farmers who produce all kinds of vegetables and pulses such as tomatoes, courgettes, cabbage, broccoli and other fruit -, and sell them on to markets and multinational companies who produce pasta sauces and frozen soups that are sold not only in Italy but also in Europe and the rest of the world…

When the dirty trash business started, Schiavone, as a man of Honour of old times, refused to take it up, now he regrets not having killed his own family, cousins and relatives who instead said yes to those offering such a lofty business, the people from the north of the country, where such waste was produced as a result of the search for wealth at any cost, who thought it would be best for them to ship it somewhere else and just forget about it.
The South after all is our very own Third World since the beginning of the Republic – it’s handy to have the Third World that close, imagine how much we save by dumping everything that we don’t want to deal with, up in the north, just a few hundred kilometers down south -by truck.

We have to understand that such endeavours are possible only with the complicity of a Criminal State, if anything the State is more criminal than the Mafia, because as Schiavone said, he is one of the only 2 graduated from high school within the whole Italian Mafia Organization, we might appreciate their inability to project consequences down a timeline (as Schiavone said when he tried to make his family comprehend the consequences of that damned business his family replied to him – ‘we drink bottled water anyway!’) and see the full impact of the result of their actions, but those leading the dance, one of whom was the brother of Silvio Berlusconi, Paolo Berlusconi, they knew full well that hiding toxic waste in the land would not have led to the magic disappearance of it, but to the spoiling of the soil, the water, the lives of many.

Paolo Berlusconi

When Schiavone came clean, the state put a heavy lid on the whole story and told him they did not have the money to  decontaminate the land and he said ‘so you will let 5 million people just die?’ – that’s when they became disappointed in him and his unreasonable stance and tried to suicide him, not considering that someone who had lived in the shadowy side of existence half his life, who did over 20 years of jail time, would not be so easy to eliminate nor to dissuade from talking, because, as he said, ‘his repentance is not a system repentance, it’s a real repentance and when he sees the news of the children who die of cancer or are born deformed, bloodless or with some other weird shit happening to them in the area, he can do nothing but cry the bitter tears of what he failed to prevent when he had the power to do so’.

They have not taken him up on his offer to lead them to the contaminated sites either, this is a man with a remarkable memory who may not live too long due to his old age, instead they brought in a new ‘system repented’ guy to point out some of the toxic sites, this will ensure they will be able to control what gets disclosed and what not, which sites will be revealed and who will pay for this while making sure that those that must be protected at all  costs, don’t get dragged down by miss-take into the dirty business and their names, their image be soiled beyond repair.

Our Government has become, through magnified and clustered greed, a real monster, able to discount the lives of many to make sure to never have to become accountable for what has been going on, not just under his watch, but under his direct instructions, claiming excuses so lame as  ‘we have no money to do something as important as taking care of the consequences of what we have done’ -forgetting we would have the money if we didn’t, as States, give the right to print Money to Private Organization that now ask us usury interests for it. Most of Schiavone testimony has been classified, some information have been classified until the year 2070 under the request of the President of our Republic, Napolitano, a mason with a clean decent appearance and a mesmerizing ability for moderate speeches, so the masses will never suspect any wrong doing from him and we collectively, successfully, managed to postpone facing up to our responsibilities until we will all be dead and gone and will have left THIS as a legacy of our existence to the generations to come.

Carmine Schiavone is ahead of the game in his repentance, looking at the world we have created we will all have to go down that road, we have to repent for what we have accepted and allowed this world to become, for the crimes we have let go without batting an eyelid because they did not affect us, our family and friends personally, for the times we have taken what was given in trust to us, this planet and the Life on it and we have trashed it for money and a quick profit, never looking at the future and the consequences of what we were doing and were not willing to stop doing, no matter what.

The Mafia exists out of need, many Mafia people had no choice but to join a criminal organization for a job and a wage, without the need for survival those that we perceive as committing the worst crimes, while they are only the last visible appendix of a criminal body, that uses them to carry out what they wouldn’t themselves do directly, would not even exist.

We have written a repentance plan, it’s called a Living Income Guaranteed, it states that by virtue of being alive everyone must be given a living, guaranteed, it states as well that a few urgent changes must be made to the fabric of our existence because we have not done our best, not even close, to support each other and the life of all living beings while we were here, either by correcting what was done in misalignment to a principle of Life Support, or deliberately, as a result of some crazy ideology, be it religious or masonic or any other crappy I-Deal we have come up with, to screw one another out of a dignified living.

If you see that we are all equally response-able simply because we are here, sharing this planet, regardless of our perceived direct contribution or lack of it and that none of us is just a self sustainable satellite, then join us, check out a plan to revert the course we have taken, adhere to something that can start to undo the shame of what we have done so far so that we may start to create a plan for for-give-ness, to give to each other instead of only taking, so we may, together, walk ahead toward a world where Life is honoured and everyone can live honestly in peace and dignity, forever more.