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Henry Hill, an American mobster who was associated with the Lucchese crime family of New York City, was played by Ray Liotta in the film Goodfellas. In the film, he describes life inside the Witness Protection Program (WITSEC):

“Today, everything is different. There’s no action. I have to wait around like everyone else. Can’t even get decent food. Right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce, and I got egg noodles and ketchup. I’m an average nobody. I get to live the rest of my life like a schnook.”

WITSEC was created in 1970 as part of the Organized Crime Control Act. It is a very secretive institution that’s designed that way to ensure maximum security for all witnesses.

Read on and learn how it works.