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Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 05:19 AM PST

The Mafia bust.

by kenji gallo

People may have read about the huge Mafia bust in New York.  Many ask why the FBI takes up so much time working the Mafia.  They are a danger.  They are in no way funny, jolly guys like Hollywood likes to portray in film.  These men are killers and they will use anything they make in any racket to spread their crime around the world.  One Mafia guy is worse than ten regular criminals.  I have tried to get the word out and I will keep trying!

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When I first came out as a gangster-turned-gay-rights-activist in my first diary posted here at Daily Kos a few months back, I was surprised by some of the implied, unthinking prejudice in the response from such a tolerant community.

Some of the e-mails I received challenged not that I was really the notorious gangster Kenji Gallo or that I could truly redeem myself, but instead that it was possible for such thing as a middle-class Asian-American gangster in the Mob to exist in the first place.

For that reason, I thought the Kos community might find a blog about the life of an Asian-American in the underworld interesting. I'm also willing to answer any questions about the underworld, my life as an FBI undercover operative, and how bad guys can go good in the comments.

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I recently introduced myself with my GANGSTER TURNED GAY RIGHTS ACTIVIST diary, which got a great response. (A shotout to my friend Kendra: No on 8! No on H8!)

To those of you who did not see that post, my name is Kenny Gallo, aka. Kenji, and I'm a reformed gangster with a past in the American Mafia and the Medellin Drug Cartel during the 80's and 90's. I reformed myself and worked as an FBI/NYPD undercover operative against organized crime from 1997-2005.

Today, I'm going to share some stories and offer my experience and expertise to answer any questions about the surveillance programs being run by the US government against US citizens. Read on to learn more ...

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Hello, my name is Kenny Gallo, aka. Kenji, and I am what most people would call a very bad person. As a criminal, I committed sins for which no punishment could ever suffice and no penance could ever atone. If an enemy from years ago were to kill me, it would be the just desserts of the life I lived for two decades. After the crimes I've committed, it would be a lie to say that I don't deserve the ultimate punishment.

There's a reason I'm telling my story on DailyKos, however. Over the past decade, I've transformed myself from a car-bombing drug smuggler and mafioso into a committed father, law-abiding white-collar professional, and a gay rights activist.

I am offering my story in the hope that it will give inspiration to anyone who fears that it is impossible for bad people to turn good and redeem thmselves. If Kenji Gallo can turn his life around, then anyone can.

Continue with my story to learn how I went to life within Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel and the American Mafia to a Daily Kos poster agitating for universal tolerance.

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