All The Times The U.S. Government Worked With The Mafia To Get Things Done

By Karen Harris
Sicilian-born American gangster Charles Luciano relaxes in exile from the FBI after helping the U.S. government in Operation Husky. Source: (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images)

Let’s face it: Sometimes, you have to fight criminals with criminals. The United States government knew it, and they took it to heart on at least a few occasions. Of course, not just any petty criminal would do; they needed professional criminals, and the best place to find experienced, expert-level criminals is in the Mafia. Let's take a look at those instances when the government and the Mafia teamed up together to face a common enemy---at least, the ones we know about.