In the late 1950’s the FBI finally, officially, acknowledged the existence of the mafia, after having denied it for decades.
That’s right. All throughout the heyday of Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, etc… the United States Government denied the existence of organized crime and ridiculed those who asserted otherwise as, essentially, tinfoil hat wearing kooks.
It was only after the ‘Appalachian Meeting’ of 1957, in which the non-existent mafia was caught out by the New York state police, that the federal government was forced to admit that, well, yeah, OBVIOUSLY, there is a mafia.
This is the very same government that today assures us that the economy is booming, crime is decreasing and millions of third world orcs pouring across the border to pillage and plunder is unstoppable and, frankly, a net positive for society!