In place of the scheduled programme—which has had to be cancelled at the last minute*—we take the opportunity to repost one of TMR's most highly-regarded interviews: a conversation with the Swiss historian Dr. Daniele Ganser on the subject of his seminal book NATO's Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe.
Shortly after WWII a Europe-wide network of secret armies was organised under the aegis of NATO, tasked with providing military and intelligence resistance in the event of a feared Soviet invasion. Modelled on the resistance movements of the war years, many of these "stay behind" units remained faithful to their original mandate. But by the early 1960s - under the pressures of anti-communist politicking and flirtations with the Far Right - some of these groups began to morph into something more sinister, linking up with extreme right-wingers who carried out acts of false-flag terrorism, harassment of left-wing parties and coups d'état.
But was this morphing simply an unforseen consequence of the unaccountability and instability of the network itself? Or was it, at least in part, engineered by the very Anglo-American establishment which gave birth to the project in the first place? And to what extent, therefore, can such acts of terror be seen as manifestations of 'the strategy of tension', carried out by the State against its own citizens for the purposes of control at home and geopolitical gain abroad?
[* This week's programme, which was almost ready to be published, has been cancelled at short notice. Our guest, a 9/11 researcher (who currently wishes to remain anonymous), has decided that the conversation—owing to developments in the two weeks since it was recorded—might inadvertently jeopardise efforts to obtain certain information under FOIA request. Not wishing to hinder such efforts, TMR has therefore agreed not to publish. We have been assured, however, that TMR will be among the first to share any significant new findings by way of interviews later in 2018.]
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[Operation GLADIO, stay behind, Bay of Pigs, Fidel Castro, JFK, NATO, Guilio Andreotti, François Mitterrand, USSR, MI6, CIA, SOE, Special Operations Executive, OSS, Office of Strategic Services, Bolognia, Piazza Fontana, Peteano, Felice Casson, Red Brigades, Vincenzo Vinciguerra, Ordine Nuovo, false flag, strategy of tension, communism, ACC, Allied Clandestine Committee, CPC, Clandestine Planning Committee, Greenpeace, Rainbow Warrior, Pierre Lacoste, Operation Northwoods, Lyman Lemnitzer, Giandelio Maletti, Gundolf Köhler, Reinhard Gehlen, Sylvio Berlusconi, P2 Lodge, Propaganda Due, Licio Gelli, Aldo Moro, Henry Kissinger, Sibel Edmonds, Ergenekon, Susurluk, GLADIO B, Mujahideen, Al-Qaeda, R2P, Ukraine, Charlie Hebdo, 9/11]