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52 minutes ago, James DiEugenio said:

here must be a film on this

Hi, Jim. I found a film on youtube produced by the BBC called "Operation Gladio" (1992) which contains quite a few interviews - will post the link below. Haven't seen it in full yet, just dipped into it. Paul recommended Richard Cottrell 's "Gladio - Nato’s Dagger at the Heart of Europe." Hoping that some informed recommendations here will help me separate wheat from chaff. BTW congrats on the revised edition of "Reclaiming Parkland." I found it tremendously informative. You should be proud of it.

 

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The two good English language books on Gladio are NATO’S SECRET ARMIES and Philip Willan’s THE PUPPETMASTERS. Both are heavily researched and footnoted. Cottrell’s book isn’t particularly well footnoted or referenced at all, sadly. Willan also later published a book on the CIA, the Vatican and the Calvi murder that I gather acts as a semi sequel to his Gladio volume. I’ll just throw in the additional observation that Willan has been an Italian regional correspondent for THE TIMES, THE GUARDIAN and a few other publications for some decades, lives in Rome, speaks the language and refers to a lot of primary sources, so his stuff is not to be sneezed st.

There was an English language European-based website on Gladio, with probably the biggest online collection of PDF’s and primary sources and articles, active up until a couple of years ago. They had a lot of good stuff. I think it’s gone now but I think a lot of it is still reachable through Internet Archive. I’ll search around and post a link. [Added below]

The YouTube documentary above is good. The guy who made it later suffered a heart attack while being questioned in customs at George Bush International Airport. There’s some solid threads on both him and Gladio at Deep Politics Forum.

Paul L. Williams also has a Gladio book out, and his volume has the most Amazon reviews. I strongly suspect his volume was given a push as it gently misdirects from some of the more overt CIA links and brings in a Mafia did it thesis instead. Perhaps I’m wrong. He earlier wrote near Fox News style propaganda fear mongering about Al Qaeda and Bin Laden, then switched to deep politics with the Gladio book and a newer title called THE KILLING OF UNCLE SAM. It all feels a bit too convenient.

Edit - here’s the European site on Gladio. If you dig through the site they might have those PDF’s still there. There were several on the early days of the Stay Behind groups formative years that I thought were worth reading. https://web.archive.org/web/20160728174832/http://operation-gladio.net

Some of those primary sources were later collated, with commentary, by UK researcher Tom Secker. That anthology is here.

http://www.investigatingtheterror.com/documents/files/gladiodocs.pdf

And probably also pertinent - Secker put together an annotated document on Northwoods. Here’s the link for that one.

http://www.investigatingtheterror.com/documents/files/northwoodsdocs.pdf

Three PDF’s by Ganser on Gladio are here.

http://blueshift.nu/doc/DanieleGanser_Terrorism_in_Western_Europe.pdf

http://www.journalof911studies.com/resources/2014GanserVol39May.pdf

http://goodtimesweb.org/covert-operations/2014/PublishedVersionGanserBritishinSwitzerlandStayBehindArmies.pdf

And, worth reading, a long interview with Francesco Cossiga, Italian president during the latter Gladio years.

https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_191039_en.pdf

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On 12/30/2018 at 9:23 AM, Anthony Thorne said:

books on Gladio

Hi Anthony, Many thanks for this great list of recommendations, I really appreciate it. This will keep me busy for quite a while.

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Happy to help. Here’s the Wikipedia page on the guy who directed the Gladio documentary, Allan Francovich.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Francovich

They call him a conspiracy theorist in the opening paragraph, then blandly note his death during transit through George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. Francovich had earlier directed a film on the Lockerbie disaster. At Deep Politics Forum, a regular there (and I sadly forget who) mentioned the background to Francovich’s film, c/o her experience with the BBC and Channel 4. The documentary was done by an external production company led by Francovich and reportedly flew somewhat under the radar right up to the day of screening. The content likely raised a few eyebrows, or worse.

Some more articles and essays of interest - all found under the umbrella of the Gladio site linked earlier.

Richard J Aldrich’s study of the early work of William Donovan and others, OSS, CIA AND EUROPEAN UNITY: THE AMERICAN COMMITTEE ON UNITED EUROPE, 1948-60.

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/people/aldrich/publications/oss_cia_united_europe_eec_eu.pdf

A 1975 Washington Post article, THE CIA IS LINKED TO EUROPEAN UNITY FUNDING GROUPS.

http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/White Files/Security-CIA/CIA 1276.pdf

The defunct Operation Gladio site’s still active Scribd document upload page, with numerous foreign language parliamentary reports (Italian, Belgian etc) into Gladio’s activities.

https://www.scribd.com/user/189925876/Operation-Gladio/uploads

A 1959 report by the Italian military Secret Service, SIFAR, on Gladio, which is named a few pages in.

https://www.scribd.com/document/114791703/590601-Report-by-the-Italian-Military-Secret-Service-SIFAR-on-Operation-Gladio

A 1995 Italian parliamentary report into terrorism in Italy (obviously in Italian).

https://www.scribd.com/document/114807817/Parliamentary-Investigation-into-Terrorism-in-Italy-1995

A declassified 1953 CIA file confirming the establishment of a ‘stay behind’ Gladio branch in Germany.

https://www.scribd.com/document/147362686/Declassified-CIA-file-Review-of-KIBITZ-15-net-19-January-1953

Stephen Lang’s long 2010 article THE ORIGINS OF THE CIA AND THE NON-STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT OF U.S POLITICAL WARFARE, 1946-47.

https://www.scribd.com/document/243466753/Steven-Long-The-Origins-of-the-CIA-and-the-Non-Strategic-Development-of-U-S-Political-Warfare-1946-47-49th-Parallel-2010

A long US government translation of a 1960 DER SPIEGEL article on European terrorism.

https://www.scribd.com/document/228511555/Death-Comes-by-Mail-United-States-Joint-Research-Publication-Service-1-April-1960

Prime Minister Andreotti’s 1990 report on Gladio for the Italian senate.

https://www.scribd.com/document/114796268/Report-by-Italian-Prime-Minister-Giulio-Andreotti-to-the-Stragi-Commission-of-the-Italian-Senate-Oct-1990

1952 CIA report discussing the hiring of a proposed team leader for German stay behind groups.

https://www.scribd.com/document/146582589/Declassified-CIA-file-RUES-Dr-Jur-Hans-Erich

Mario Del Perro’s essay THE UNITED STATES AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE IN ITALY, 1948-1955.

https://www.scribd.com/document/142202985/Mario-Del-Pero-The-United-States-and-Psychological-Warfare

A striking March 1973 letter from James Angleton detailing a CIA training program for ‘foreign police/security personnel’, giving the latter groups training in bomb manufacture, ostensibly to help in unspecified future ‘investigations’. Note - Gladio activities in Europe were running at a peak through this period, from memory.

https://www.scribd.com/document/207339114/Letter-from-James-Jesus-Angleton-29-Mar-1973

Susan Perlman’s 2006 thesis SHOCK THERAPY: THE UNITED STATES ANTI-COMMUNIST PSYCHOLOGICAL CAMPAIGN IN FOURTH REPUBLIC FRANCE.

https://www.scribd.com/document/142202286/Shock-Therapy-The-United-States-Anti-Communist-Psychological-Campaign-in-Fourth-Republic-France-2006

I’m sure I’m missing a few, but that’s enough for now. Just as a final note, Andrew Cockburn’s biography of Donald Rumsfeld has an interesting aside where it notes what Donald Rumsfeld got up to in Belgium as NATO ambassador in the early 70’s, through the same period that the anti communist Gladio bombings and attacks were (according to at least one of the books I’ve cited) being run by NATO out of Belgium. He struck up a long, ongoing friendship with Paul Nitze - one of the leading anti communist figures, based on his career - who happened to be over there at the time. Nitze and Rumsfeld, among a few other likeminded souls, would sit together on the 70’s incarnation of the Committee on the Present Danger a few years later.

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3 hours ago, Anthony Thorne said:

I’m sure I’m missing a few, but that’s enough for now. Just as a final note, Andrew Cockburn’s biography of Donald Rumsfeld has an interesting aside where it notes what Donald Rumsfeld got up to in Belgium as NATO ambassador in the early 70’s, through the same period that the anti communist Gladio bombings and attacks were (according to at least one of the books I’ve cited) being run by NATO out of Belgium.

Anthony,

 

QJWIN was out of Luxembourg, and Jacques Depret was recruited by Jean-Rene Souetre out of Brussels for the Tschombe affair.

 

Looks like Belgium was a happening place.

 

Steve Thomas

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17 hours ago, Anthony Thorne said:

his death during transit through George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas

Sad and poignant note. Thanks again.

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On 12/30/2018 at 1:23 AM, Anthony Thorne said:

NATO’S SECRET ARMIES

Anthony, I am almost finished reading the Ganser Daniele book on Gladio. Although it barely mentions JFK, it places the assassination in an amazing context.  A truly valuable book.  It would be hard to imagine that Gladio had nothing to do with the JFK assassination. PS: We were talking about Potash and LSD on another thread and I  mentioned the CIA asset Ronald Stark, who manufactured 50 million hits of acid in the Sixties and who was later tied to right-wing terrorism in Italy. I recently found this seven-part essay on Stark that you might be interested in. The author quotes extensively from Ganser and from Puppetmasters, and he ties Stark to Gladio. So here you have a figure who begins his career with MK-Ultra in the Sixties and years later ends up working with Gladio ... and who even plays a key role in undermining the Red Brigades. There must have been many other players like Stark who made that kind of transition. Anyway, I would be curious to know what you and other members think of it:

http://visupview.blogspot.com/2014/11/stranger-in-strange-land-curious-times.html

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I dug up an astounding article recently. From the Odessa TX times, May 5, 1960:

”Otto Skorzeny ..... wants to organize a ‘Spanish volunteers’ for NATO. According to Skorzeny, this outfit would consist of so-called ‘super national ‘ troops who would be directly under General Lauris Norstad, NATO commander.”

I've never seen this before, nor any follow up. Two years later, General Lyman Lemnitzer, Kennedy hater, became head of NATO. 

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1 hour ago, Rob Couteau said:

Nice find, Paul!

 

Check out the thread called Interesting interview with a Cuban exile, where I posted a few other tidbits on Skorzeny 

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