Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia

Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia

by Paul L. Williams


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This disturbing expose describes a secret alliance forged at the close of World War II by the CIA, the Sicilian and US mafias, and the Vatican to thwart the possibility of a Communist invasion of Europe. Journalist Paul L. Williams presents evidence suggesting the existence of "stay-behind" units in many European countries consisting of five thousand to fifteen thousand military operatives. According to the author's research, the initial funding for these guerilla armies came from the sale of large stocks of SS morphine that had been smuggled out of Germany and Italy and of bogus British bank notes that had been produced in concentration camps by skilled counterfeiters. As the Cold War intensified, the units were used not only to ward off possible invaders, but also to thwart the rise of left-wing movements in South America and NATO-based countries by terror attacks.

Williams argues that Operation Gladio soon gave rise to the toppling of governments, wholesale genocide, the formation of death squads, financial scandals on a grand scale, the creation of the mujahideen, an international narcotics network, and, most recently, the ascendancy of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a Jesuit cleric with strong ties to Operation Condor (an outgrowth of Gladio in Argentina) as Pope Francis I.

Sure to be controversial, Operation Gladio connects the dots in ways the mainstream media often overlooks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633884786
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 73,955
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Paul L. Williams, PhD, is a journalist and the author of Crescent Moon Rising, The Day of Islam, Osama’s Revenge, The Al Qaeda Connection, and The Vatican Exposed, among other books. The winner of three first-place Keystone Press Awards for journalism, he has written articles for major news outlets, including USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and National Review. He has also served as a consultant for the FBI, editor and publisher of the Metro (Scranton, PA), and an adjunct professor of humanities at the University of Scranton.

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Table of Contents

Apologia 9

Acknowledgments 11

Leading Rogues 13

Chronology 15

List of Abbreviations 19

Chapter 1 The Stay-Behind Units 23

Chapter 2 The Lucky Break: Negroes and Narcotics 30

Chapter 3 The Vatican Alliance 45

Chapter 4 The Drug Network 53

Chapter 5 The Secret Society 61

Chapter 6 The Rise of Michele Sindona 79

Chapter 7 False Flag Terrorism 95

Chapter 8 Gladio: South of the Border 111

Chapter 9 Il Crack Sindona 128

Chapter 10 High Times, New Crimes 145

Chapter 11 A Papal Problem 154

Chapter 12 The New Network 167

Chapter 13 The Shell Game 179

Chapter 14 The Desperate Don 189

Chapter 15 The Pope Must Die 196

Chapter 16 The Shooting in St. Peter's Square 206

Chapter 17 A Raid and Redirection 216

Chapter 18 Blackfriars Bridge 223

Chapter 19 Killings and Kidnapping 232

Chapter 20 Works of God 243

Chapter 21 Death and Resurrection 256

Chapter 22 Gladio Triumphant 266

Chapter 23 Semper Eadem 281

An Epilogue in Four Parts 291

Notes 321

Index 383

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