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


NATO's secret armies; operation Gladio and terrorism in Western Europe.

Ganser, Daniele.

Frank Cass


315 pages



Contemporary security studies


Ostensibly worried about a possible Soviet invasion of various European countries in the wake of World War II, the US Central Intelligence Agency and the British Secret Intelligence Service worked together to set up clandestine networks across the continent that were conceived as resistance cells that could carry out activities against Soviet occupation. In the absence of any such invasion, Ganser (Center for Security Studies, Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland) shows in this work, these networks--known as "Gladio" in Italy, where their existence was first exposed--turned their attention to domestic left political forces, attempting to undermine them through such activities as bomb massacres, systematic torture of political opponents, support of right-wing coup d'etats, and destruction of opposition groups. Beginning with treatment of the discovery of Operation Gladio and NATO and the US and British governments' lack of response to the scandal, Ganser profiles the activities of these networks in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Greece, and Turkey. Distributed in the US by Taylor & Francis.

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Date:May 1, 2006
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