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Sukotto
31-08-05, 08:19
This is interesting.
(I'd actually heard of this earlier this year, but time was limited when I posted)


After the Cold War had ended, then Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti confirmed to the Italian Senate in August 1990 that Italy had had a secret stay-behind army, codenamed Gladio – the sword. A document dated 1 June 1959 from the Italian military secret service, SIFAR, revealed that SIFAR had been running the secret army with the support of NATO and in close collaboration with the US secret service, the CIA. Suggesting that the secret army might have linked up with right-wing organizations such as Ordine Nuovo and Avanguardia Nazionale to engage in domestic terror, the Italian Senate, amid public protests, decided in 1990 that Gladio was beyond democratic control and therefore had to be closed down.



Daniele Ganser's book "NATO's Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe" is finally out in the States, but alas, I've no monies.
http://www.isn.ethz.ch/php/collections/coll_gladio.htm

http://www.thememoryblog.org/archives/000442.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladio