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Possible Links to Terrorist Network and Neo-Cons in Italy
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A MAJOR SPY SCANDAL IS BREAKING IN ITALY -- PARALLEL, UNOFFICIAL NEO-FASCIST ITALIAN INTELLIGENCE GROUP HAS TIES TO NEO CON INTELLIGENCE APPARATUS IN BUSH ADMINISTRATION INVOLVED IN KIDNAPING MILAN IMAM. GENOA POLICE BUST PRIVATE INTELLIGENCE CELLS AROUND ITALY. POSSIBLE LINKS BETWEEN BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND TERRORIST GROUPS FIGURE IN PROBE.

Washington and Rome, Jul 2, 2005 -- Genoa police have arrested the two leaders of a neo-Fascist unofficial intelligence and "anti-terrorism" police network in Italy and have conducted searches of homes throughout the country in a major crackdown on a group that recruited police and intelligence agents to their cause. The two neo-Fascist leaders -- Gaetano Saya and Riccardo Sindoca -- who reportedly have close ties to both the P-2 (Propaganda Due) Masonic lodge and a secret Cold War network known as Gladio, were arrested. Some 25 members of the regular state police, the Carabinieri, the Frontier police, and the Prison police were placed under official investigation. Tens of searches, including two houses in Genoa, were conducted by police in nine Italian regions: Liguria, Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Lazio, Molise, Sicily and Sardinia. The investigation may soon extend to members of the Italian intelligence service SISMI. In 2004, Saya and Sindoca established the Department of Strategic Anti-Terrorism Studies, which reportedly had links to both the Bush administration and Ariel Sharon's Likud government in Israel.

Some Italian police were tricked into assisting the organization because they thought it was legitimate. Saya and Sindoca were leaders of the Destra Nazionale - Nuovo MSI (an off shoot of the neo-Fascist MSI party represented in the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi). The group is also unofficially known as the Fiamma Tricolore (Tri Color Flame). Police temporarily shut down the web site of Destra Nazionale - Nuovo MSI. The web site was back up on July 3. There is now a suspicion by prosecutors in Genoa and Milan that the neo-Fascist intelligence group may have been involved with American covert operators in the kidnaping of Imam Abu Omar (Moustapha Hassan Nasr) from a street in Milan in 2003. Omar, a political refugee in Italy, was spirited out of Italy to Egypt by a covert team of U.S. Defense Department Special Forces, mercenaries, and intelligence agents who are now the subject of international arrest warrants (see articles below). There is now mounting evidence that the U.S. team was working with the parallel Italian intelligence network.

Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga has quickly distanced the parallel intelligence network from official intelligence and police networks by claiming the two men arrested are just criminals and not tied to the Italian Gladio, which a number of intelligence experts believe Cossiga once headed. Cossiga also defended the secret U.S. intelligence operation in Italy that is presently under attack by Milan prosecutors. Cossiga said that by not telling the Italian government of the operation, the U.S. avoided having its secret plans spread throughout the Middle East. By mentioning both the Milan and Genoa cases, Cossiga may have unintentionally linked the two. The parallel intelligence network is reportedly the outgrowth of a Gladio network consisting of six divisions that operated in Italy, North Africa, and the Middle East during the Cold War. The P-2 Lodge, headed by fascist leader Licio Gelli, reportedly maintained close links to former Secretary of State Alexander Haig and his one-time foreign affairs adviser Michael Ledeen. A number of SISMI agents and assets have also been tied to the group, including Francesco Pazienza, a SISMI agent, and Rocco Martino, who said he was the source of the faked Niger yellowcake uranium documents that were laundered through Rome and used as proof by the Bush White House that Saddam Hussein was shopping for uranium in Niger. That charge prompted the CIA to send Ambasssador Joseph Wilson to Niger resulting in a retaliatory exposure by the White House of the CIA's covert weapons of mass destruction counter-proliferation network.

Italian sources report that the Milan case against the Americans and the Genoa case against the private Italian network may be linked in another way. The reported CIA station chief in Milan, Honduran-born Robert Seldon Lady (whose name may be an alias and whose CIA connections may be incorrect or overstated) was, prior to his assignment in Milan, in charge of a covert American unit in Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua charged with penetrating anti-American groups and taking them over. It is now believed that Lady was in charge of a similar operation to turn Abu Omar and others into intelligence assets for the Americans. Abu Omar, according to Albanian intelligence sources, assisted the U.S. with intelligence on Islamic militants in Albania. It is also believed that the late Deputy SISMI chief Nicola Calipari became aware of information in Iraq that linked the control of terrorists in Iraq and elsewhere to a "third level" in "an anti-terrorism country." Calipari was shot to death by U.S. troops while transporting freed Italian hostage and journalist Giuliana Sgrena to Baghdad International Airport. The U.S. ruled the shooting an "accident." Abu Omar may have become a hot potato for the Americans after Calipari discovered links between the Americans and terrorist groups in Iraq and elsewhere -- and a decision was made to conduct a "rendition" of the imam to Egypt to get him out of circulation. Abu Omar, also said to have been a credible intelligence source, may have also become aware of U.S. connections to terrorist groups.

THE DISINFORMATION FACTORY MANUFACTURING "EVIDENCE" AGAINST IRANIAN PRESIDENT-ELECT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD IS TIED TO THE SAME NETWORK THAT COOKED UP FALSE INTELLIGENCE ON SADDAM HUSSEIN

Washington and Teheran, Jul. 2, 2005 -- First Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was said to have been one of the captors of U.S. embassy hostages in Teheran in 1979. Now Ahmadinejad stands accused of being a roving Iranian assassin.

It has been revealed from sources in Teheran that in 1979 Ahmadinejad did not wear a beard and that the person seen in the photo is Taqi Mohammadi, a former militant who committed suicide in jail. The supposed AP photo that surfaced after Ahmadinejad's election victory was shopped around by Iran Focus, an anti-regime group with ties to the US Alliance for Democratic Iran, and the neo-con Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD). The still photo has now been supplemented by color video footage showing the Ahmadinejad look-alike Mohammadi. Some of the ex-U.S. hostages who now claim, over 25 years later, that Ahmadinejad was one of their captors, have strong connections to GOP and conservative politics.

FDD's principal players include Newt Gingrich, James Woolsey (the friend and supporter of Ahmad Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress), Gary Bauer, Richard Perle, Cliff May, Zell Miller, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and Tucker Carlson's father, Richard Carlson. Perle, in turn, is a primary supporter of the Iranian exile People's Mujaheddin (Mujaheddin-e-Khalq/MEK), a group designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department and which operates unhindered from U.S.-occupied Iraq. The MEK and its affiliated arm, the National Council of Resistance, have now surface as the likely source of another story claiming that Ahmadinejad was an assassin sent to Vienna in 1989 to kill Kurdish opposition leader Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou. This story was first shopped to a Prague paper, which claimed its source was Hossein Yazdan Panah, and Iranian Kurdish activist based in U.S.-occupied Iraq. The story was then was picked up by Austrian Green Party official Peter Pilz, who claims his source for the story is a mysterious "Witness D," an Iranian journalist based in Paris, a city known as a major operational base for the MEK. (This is very reminiscent of Ahmad Chalabi's "Curveball" source, the congenital liar and drunkard who claimed first hand knowledge of Saddam Hussein's mobile biological weapons labs, charges later proven to be fraudulent). Ahmad Chalabi, now Iraq's Oil Minister, was a math professor at the American University in Beirut in the 1970s and, according to a longtime ABC correspondent in the Middle East, was known as SAVAK's man in Beirut. (SAVAK was the Shah of Iran's feared intelligence service some of whose members were trained by the U.S. and Israel). Anyone who wanted to visit Iraqi Kurdistan in those days had to go see Chalabi, who would then arrange for passage to Iraqi Kurdistan through Iran. The new allegations against Ahmadinejad have all the hallmarks of yet another neo-con disinformation ploy to justify military action against Iran at a time when U.S. forces are caught in a deeper quagmire in neighboring Iraq.

see Wayne Madsen Report
http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/diplomatic/foreign.htm

 

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