by Paul & Phillip D. Collins ©, June 25th, 2007
Do you still think that the governments of the world are conducting a sincere “war on terror”? If so, please consider the 2005 investigation of 200 Italian police who were running a “parallel anti-terror force” (Philips, no pagination). Using the 2004 Madrid bombing as a pretext, Gaetano Saya and Riccardo Sindoca set up the Department for Anti-terrorist Strategic Studies (DSSA) (“Italy probes ‘parallel police,'” no pagination). According to those involved in the investigation of the DSSA, the group used official police badges and official police equipment while carrying out very unofficial investigations (no pagination). The group was also believed to have been using Interior Ministry’s database in its own operations (no pagination). The worst accusation concerning the DSSA came from phone intercepts obtained by investigators (Philips, no pagination). According to these wiretaps, DSSA members were planning to kidnap Red Brigades activist Cesare Battisti (no pagination). One magistrate commented on this revelation: “We were seeing the genesis of something similar to the death squads in Argentina” (no pagination).
Probably the most disturbing revelation to come out of the investigation of the DSSA was the fact that Gaetano Saya and Riccardo Sindoca were identified as former members of Gladio (“Italy probes ‘parallel police’,” no pagination). What was Gladio? Gladio was a clandestine paramilitary network that came into existence in the 1950s (Vulliamy, no pagination). It was part of a much larger network of guerrilla fighters known as “Stay Behind” (“Gelli arrest is another chapter in sordid Vatican Bank scandal,” no pagination). The network had been proposed by CIA director Allen Dulles and fell under the authority of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) (no pagination). This network included a very sordid cast of characters, many of which were Nazis. Christopher Lee provides an example: