Omertà

Aaron who first coined the term "El Jefe" as a description of the excesses of Philip Filed has now coined another….omertà.

The definition from Wikipedia is as follows; (I have El Jefe-ised it)

The omertà is a popular attitude, common in areas of Auckland and Samoa where the influence of El Jefe is strong, that implies never collaborating with the police or independent investigator. It can be intended also as a vow of silence among mafiosi.

It is common, in such areas, that after a El Jefe-related immigration scam no one will be able to remember hearing or seeing anything, and no one will be willing to talk to the police or independent investigator.

The origin of the word is often traced to Spanish, meaning manliness; ironically, most people conform to omertà out of fear rather than courage. In English, it is often misspelt omerta, without an accent.

Among El Jefe supporters, it means that they will not involve the police or the government in the affairs of El Jefe, and will deny its very existence.

Joe Valachi was the first person to betray the omertà when he publicly spoke out about the existence of the Mafia, when he testified before the United States Congress.

Within Mafia culture, breaking the oath of omertà is punishable by death. Within New Zealand breaking El Jefe’s oath of omertà is punishable by sitting stranded in Samoa awaiting to see if your family will be allowed in or the very least you will "get the bash".


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