Category Archives: Italy

Two Years Ago — CIA Covert Ops in Italy Lasted Long After the 1948 Elections (National Security Archive)

“Despite rhetoric, Eisenhower was not prepared to intervene militarily to block Communists short of forcible seizure of power.” Dr. Ronald D. Landa — State Department Office of the Historian February 14 2017 – CIA covert aid to Italy continued well … Continue reading

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On This Day — The Cavalese Cable Car Disaster (February 3 1998) [2019]

“Many believe one of the reasons the Italian judges went after the CIA RDI [Rendition, Detention, Interrogation]  and [former CIA Officer] Sabrina De Sousa in the Abu Omar case was the USMC and USG accountability failures and arrogance.” Mark Fallon — International Security … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Former CIA Sabrina de Sousa to do community service for cleric kidnap

“It looks like the White House wanted to help… And then, the ‘swamp’ kicked in.” “The Italian Intelligence Oversight Committee has contacted my lawyer in Italy asking that I come testify on a CIA operation. Several members have been pushing … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — US Historian : “CIA Concluded GRU Behind John Paul II Assassination Attempt”

“President Reagan and his CIA chief, William Casey, had suspected from the outset that the Soviets had a hand in the shooting of John Paul II on May 13, 1981, in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.” Dr. Paul Kengor — … Continue reading

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On This Day — The Cavalese Cable Car Disaster (February 3 1998)

“Many believe one of the reasons the Italian judges went after the CIA RDI and [former CIA Officer] Sabrina De Sousa in the Abu Omar case was the USMC and USG accountability failures and arrogance.” Mark Fallon — International Security Consultant & … Continue reading

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Former CIA Sabrina de Sousa to do community service for cleric kidnap

“It looks like the White House wanted to help… And then, the ‘swamp’ kicked in.” “The Italian Intelligence Oversight Committee has contacted my lawyer in Italy asking that I come testify on a CIA operation. Several members have been pushing … Continue reading

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Introduction to Italian Intelligence Agencies — PART IV : The Mission of the Oversight Committee

“In special cases, the Committee may also summon Intelligence and Security officers, without prejudice to the power of the Prime Minister to challenge the summons on justified grounds. The Committee may hear anyone, also outside the intelligence community, who is … Continue reading

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Introduction to Italian Intelligence Agencies — PART III : The 2007 Legal Reform

“The intelligence services are forbidden from employing or commissioning advisory or co-operation services from elected politicians at the European, national, regional and local level, members of governing bodies or constitutional bodies, judges, religious ministers and journalists.” Corriere della Sera — 25.7.2007 … Continue reading

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US Historian: “CIA concluded GRU behind John Paul II assassination attempt”

“President Reagan and his CIA chief, William Casey, had suspected from the outset that the Soviets had a hand in the shooting of John Paul II on May 13, 1981, in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.” Dr. Paul Kengor — … Continue reading

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Introduction to Italian Intelligence Agencies — PART II : The last scandal under the 1977 Legal Framework

“Could societies do without spies altogether? He [Italian President Francesco Cossiga] wished to know. What did I think? How was a supposed democracy to control its spies?  How should Italy control them? – as if Italy was a separate case, … Continue reading

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