If you look at this history or organized crime, you will see how far their tentacles have reached in certain circumstances. I will give you three specific examples of cities that were controlled by gangters at certain points of time: New York City, Chicago, and Atlantic City. Organized crime deserves the title.
Organized crime has been around for decades at one point organized crime ruled all of Las Vegas, I believe that the Federal Government has done a good job at cracking down and eliminating the remaining criminal families in the United States and the threat of organized crime is less now then it has ever been.
No, organized crime is not mostly an illusion fabricated by the federal government to distract from more pressing issues, because organized crime results in many deaths each year. The drug trade is a large dealing of organized crime. To look at Mexico, they have deaths every day because of organized crime.
No, organized crime is not just something that has been made up, and it is a real threat to a lot of people and to a lot of cities that are in this nation. In most of the big cities that are in the country today there is a problem.
Organized crime is a real threat to our society and not just an illusion fabricated by the federal government. Organized crime participates in drugs, illegal gambling, prostitution, and racketeering. These criminals use violence and money to control people. They buy influence with crooked politicians and law enforcement. If these organizations are not busted up, their power and influence will grow. The drug cartels of Mexico and Central America are a prime example of organized crime left unchecked.