NATO's Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe

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Routledge, 21 juin 2005 - 336 pages
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This fascinating new study shows how the CIA and the British secret service, in collaboration with the military alliance NATO and European military secret services, set up a network of clandestine anti-communist armies in Western Europe after World War II.

These secret soldiers were trained on remote islands in the Mediterranean and in unorthodox warfare centres in England and in the United States by the Green Berets and SAS Special Forces. The network was armed with explosives, machine guns and high-tech communication equipment hidden in underground bunkers and secret arms caches in forests and mountain meadows. In some countries the secret army linked up with right-wing terrorist who in a secret war engaged in political manipulation, harrassement of left wing parties, massacres, coup d'états and torture.

Codenamed 'Gladio' ('the sword'), the Italian secret army was exposed in 1990 by Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti to the Italian Senate, whereupon the press spoke of "The best kept, and most damaging, political-military secret since World War II" (Observer, 18. November 1990) and observed that "The story seems straight from the pages of a political thriller." (The Times, November 19, 1990). Ever since, so-called 'stay-behind' armies of NATO have also been discovered in France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Greece and Turkey. They were internationally coordinated by the Pentagon and NATO and had their last known meeting in the NATO-linked Allied Clandestine Committee (ACC) in Brussels in October 1990.

 

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Table des matières

INTRODUCTION
1
1 A TERRORIST ATTACK IN ITALY
3
2 A SCANDAL SHOCKS WESTERN EUROPE
15
3 THE SILENCE OF NATO CIA AND MI6
25
4 THE SECRET WAR IN GREAT BRITAIN
38
5 THE SECRET WAR IN THE UNITED STATES
51
6 THE SECRET WAR IN ITALY
63
7 THE SECRET WAR IN FRANCE
84
12 THE SECRET WAR IN LUXEMBURG
165
13 THE SECRET WAR IN DENMARK
168
14 THE SECRET WAR IN NORWAY
176
15 THE SECRET WAR IN GERMANY
189
16 THE SECRET WAR IN GREECE
212
17 THE SECRET WAR IN TURKEY
224
CONCLUSION
245
CHRONOLOGY
250

8 THE SECRET WAR IN SPAIN
103
9 THE SECRET WAR IN PORTUGAL
114
10 THE SECRET WAR IN BELGIUM
125
11 THE SECRET WAR IN THE NETHERLANDS
148

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Daniele Ganser is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied at Basel University in Switzerland, at Amsterdam University (UVA) in the Netherlands, and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in England. He has published on the role of the United Nations in the Cuban conflict, Switzerland's path towards the United Nations and Switzerland's position outside the European Union.

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