Puppetmasters: The Political Use of Terrorism in Italy
The CIA has been accused of a massive intelligence failure in the run-up to the 9/11 attacks -- the result, it is said, of a moralistic and bureaucratic approach to information-gathering. But the CIA's spies had few qualms when it came to cultivating terrorist organisations and interfering in the internal politics of Cold War Italy. Puppetmasters reveals how US intelligence services exploited the P2 masonic lodge to prop up friendly Christian Democrat-dominated governments and counter the growing political influence of the Italian Communist Party. It was a ruthless strategy involving coup plots, right wing terrorist bombings and the manipulation of the Red Brigades. And it gave Italy one of the bloodiest and most protracted periods of terrorist violence ever seen in a modern, industrialised society.
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Willan's highly influential investigation on Gladio, the Stay at Home Army, state-terrorism (against the citizenry) and the machinations of the rogue masonic Lodge Propaganda Due or P2. Willan utilizes primary documents from the original investigations in Italy; Daniele Ganser has cited Willan throughout his own books and articles that deal with the subject.
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A must read for anyone who wants to understand how terrorism in Italy was manipulated by the CIA and state, why the facts don't add up in official versions of the Moro kidnap and murder and how a ... Read full review
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