No country has police forces within the armed forces. But there is an exception

No country has police forces within the armed forces. But there is an exception

The Bloc Notes of Michele Magno

In 2000, with Legislative Decrees n.297, "Rules on the reorganization of the Carabinieri Corps", and n.298, "Reorganization of the recruitment, legal status and advancement of the Carabinieri Officers", the Arma of the Carabinieri had been elevated to the rank of Armed Force, with an independent position within the Ministry of Defense, alongside the Army (of which it was formerly part of the "first weapon"), the Navy and the Air Force.

Subsequently, the Legislative Decree n.66 of 2010, "Military Order Code", confirming its independent position within the Ministry of Defense with the rank of Armed Force, traced its current organizational physiognomy. More recently, Legislative Decree No. 177 of 2016, "Provisions for the rationalization of the police functions and absorption of the State Forestry Corps", established the organization for forest, environmental and agri-food protection. In essence, with the provisions of 2000 and 2010 the functions historically carried out by the Weapon (defense, security police, judicial police, civil protection) have been consolidated into regulatory acts.

“The life of the carabiniere is not easy at all. As if the problems and traumas associated with the risks of the profession were not enough, the carabinieri try to create others by competing with the other law enforcement agencies, with the search for new prestigious positions and sectors in which to exercise their authority [… ]; and in a frantic internal struggle, fratricidal, for career advancements […]. The career race is accelerated by the system of commendations, which induces carabinieri of all levels to take initiatives and risks that are not always necessary only to accumulate merit.

In addition, always for the career, they tend to cultivate from the first service reports deemed useful for the advancement and the granting of commendations almost always deserved, but often exaggerated in frequency or motivation thanks to belonging to a consortium of favoritism or to a ' family, associative and political affinity. To this end, even at the highest levels of rank, assistance and secretarial positions are maintained in political offices. In addition to the diffusion of the carabinieri for school duties, there is the one carried out with the elected offices in parliament or in local bodies or with the transition to the prefectural career or the appointment to extraordinary commissioners.

There is no carabiniere who wants to retire serenely. The belief that their status is permanent (the frogs sewn on the skin) and that the exercise of the power of the weapon is their perpetual duty, induces them to brig (and compromise) to obtain assignments even after the service. And even in cases of a brilliant career, early retirement anxiety affects the carabinieri […] a decade ago: in that period, the future is already beginning to prepare with friendships and affiliations that guarantee an assignment to the Court of Auditors, to the Council of State, at the Quirinale, to the presidency of any company or company of the public caravan or the private undergrowth.

Those who cannot aspire to much, and who for various reasons leave the service active, use the opportunities encountered during the service to take on more rewarding tasks in research institutions, communities, consortia, cooperatives and in local administrative areas. They are often political advisers, security officers of parastatal and private entities, industries and commercial organizations. They are private investigators, judicial consultants and legal experts, collaborators of bankruptcy trustees, judges of peace, etc. Transit in the civil status positions of NATO and community bodies; and officers and marshals of the carabinieri are found on the boards of large and small public or private companies.

In any country in the world, such diffusion by any "category", but above all military, would constitute a risk for the stability and balance of powers. In Italy it is considered a guarantee "(Fabio Mini," The Guardians of Power ", Il Mulino, 2014, pp. 178-179. Army Corps General of the Italian army, the author was Chief of Staff of the Southern European NATO command and commander of the international mission in Kosovo)

State power has historically created its guardians. Sometimes they identified with the state or even felt superior to the state. This was the case for the Praetorians, the Janissaries, the militias and all the bodies which, starting from the imperial eunuchs, have placed themselves as states. And they all ended badly.


Interviewed by Corriere della Sera , Goffredo Bettini (considered, rightly or wrongly, the strategist of the Democratic Party) said that this is not the moment of small but of great politics, the one that knows how to plan and bet on the future. Great. In the present, however, I would be content with the political average, the one symbolized by the reconstruction of the Genoa bridge in record time (beautiful, however). The political media that should seize these difficult hours as an unrepeatable opportunity to free businesses and markets from an intrusive bureaucracy that suffocates their lives. Furthermore, the political media is capable of promptly ensuring the workers of the IGC and the companies the sums necessary for the resumption of activity. That political media, again, capable of unlocking construction sites and finally reviving the earthquake areas that are still in an indecent comatose state. Finally, that political media, which requires public administrations to honor their debts with private individuals. I stop here. I flew low, I know. But, waiting for tomorrow to deal with a "blind and inhuman capitalism" [Bettini], let us try not to disappoint the hopes of the Italians who work and produce today.


Antivaccinists and conspiracy theorists, sovereigns and "parrots" of all kinds are back in the limelight. Beyond its folkloristic aspects, illustrious signatures of great newspapers invite us not to take the phenomenon under the light, a symptom of the social malaise that lies beneath the ashes of the epidemic. Not only do I not underestimate him, but I fear him very much. Because, as Friedrich Schiller said, "against stupidity the Gods themselves fight in vain". The historian Carlo M. Cipolla was also convinced of this, who wrote a brilliant and memorable essay forty years ago on his destructive power. That a country – he argues – is on the rise or in decline, whether one considers the classical, medieval, modern or contemporary age, each society has its inevitable percentage of idiots.

But when reasonable people choose to associate with them, perhaps thinking that they can better control them, that's when the damage can become incalculable. In fact, the fool doesn't know he's stupid. This powerfully contributes to giving greater strength and effectiveness to its devastating action. Moreover, the fool – Cipolla remembers – is not inhibited by that feeling that the Anglo-Saxons call "self-consciousness". It can therefore at any time scatafasciare your plans without remorse and without reason. Stupidly, indeed. This is also why a government of national unity, which is occasionally invoked by some pious soul, in the Italy of the nostalgic people of Papeete and the reviving pitchforks remains the dream of a midsummer night.


"If a large part of the voters appear on the state payroll […] If members of parliament no longer consider themselves as agents of taxpayers but representatives of those who receive wages, salaries, subsidies and other benefits taken from public resources, democracy is passed off ”(Ludwig von Mises).

Any reference to the Autostrade affair (not to mention the Alitalia affair) is not purely accidental.


In classical culture black is associated with bad days, death, the underworld. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the devil, prince of darkness, is personified in the Ethiopian who, by his "nigredo", also surpasses the Egyptian, historical enemy of the chosen people. As “niger puer” the devil presents himself to Antonio and Gregorio Magno, black is the valley of Dante's hell. In the "Chanson de Roland" a Saracen, with the significant name of Abyss, is "black as molten pitch". Hopefully the Black Lives Matter de 'noantri will ignore it. In fact, they would be able to burn the Bible and the texts of the ancient Romance literature.

This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL on Sat, 01 Aug 2020 05:00:33 +0000.