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Nato's Secret Armies, Operation Gladio/Terrorism Western Europe

jo56
post Jan 27 2007, 11:14 PM
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http://sandiego.indymedia.org/media/2006/10/119640.pdf

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...Whew, that'll take some time to digest; 300-odd pages are handful...
I remember hearing about those guys around the time of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Back then, there was a pressconference given by Bülent Ecevit, former prime-minister of Turkey.(DW Radio)
He actually presentet a number of documents, which proved the existence of "Red Sheepskin"- the Turkish version of this-, and also the fact that the operatives from that group had carried out political murders in Turkey...but so far, i have not found anything about that pressconference on the internet...
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Interesting, Devilsadvocate. If you find anything be sure to come back and post it here.
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Excellent info, jo56.

This is worth stickying so that it may be refenced readily again and again.

Can someone please sticky this?
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That report i was referring to back then was followed by pretty much the same thing from about half of Europe- it turned up in Italy (Gladio), Britain (The Sword), Germany (Das Schwert), Switzerland (P26), and i think Sweden (Swaeborg).
The response in every one of those countries was also pretty much the same: Politicians hastily explaining that these organisations had been set up in the 1950's, that only one or two people in each administration had ever been informed about their existance, and that they had been disbanded in the early 70's.
A day or two later, the whole thing unceremoniously dissappeared from the news again...
DW Radio was primarily a shortwave-radio station, broadcasting in German and quite a few other languages. They can be choosy about what they report, and how, but occasionally they do have the odd gem. They are changing over to Satellite-technology; while this obviously will improve reception vastly, the quality of content takes knock after knock.
One of the advantages of my dad's old shortwave-receiver was that i could get news from all over the world, and compare the various reports- as a result, i had a pretty good idea about what was going on.
Checking for verification about items which were reportet back than is rather tricky- not the least because i never took notes about the original sources (curse my hide!!! thumbdown.gif ).
But i'll try... thumbsup.gif
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...Not so daunting, after all- bless those Wikipedia-people:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%BClent_Ecevit
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The original link is broken now. Look at scribd:

Daniele Ganser - NATO's Secret Armies (Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/294202/Daniele-G...-Western-Europe
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Daniele Ganser - NATO's Secret Armies (Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe)

It is inevitably extraordinarily difficult to discover or to figure out this area of research.

From 1978 to the end of 1980, I worked as Headquarters Logistics Manager called (over time) "The Freedom Association." (I was one of the goup who came up with this change of name, after use of the word "National" in political discourse had become counter-productive)

At first, I thought I was working for a nationwide organization of members (up to 80,000) who wanted us to campaign for a Written Constitution and a Bill of Rights for Britain. This seemed a worthwhile objective. British politics was strongly influenced by (among others) militant trade union leaderships of dubious credentials, who were increasingly using (or threatening to use) the Strike Weapon and many other tactics to override the Legislature and the Courts. I support the general idea of voluntary trade unions. It's difficult to support explicitly and proudly Communist-controlled organizations with powers to exclude others from working, and to wreak terrible damage on the economy.

According to the Memoir ("Free Agent" [1999]) of one of its Founders (Brian Crozier, a friend of CIA Director Casey's), whose account fills a third of the book, the organization was in fact a project of Right-wing elements in British and American Intelligence, who planned to install Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, so that British 'assets; could then be used to ensure the election of Ronald Reagan in the US. As you might recall, the project succeded in that objective.

Working there, it became apparrent that the general ambience was that of authoritarian Conservatism ('Neo-Conservativism' as it later became known). The outfit went to considerable lengths to present it to the public and the Press as a "broad anti-Communist front."

However, if one looked at what it actually DID, it soon became obvious that the Membership was just there to give a fig-leaf of "Grass-Roots", while policy was directed from elsewhere -- quite competently.

A former Major in the Defence Intelligence Staff, Derek Jackson, became its Director.

Almost every effort was focused on getting Thatcher into 10, Downing Street. Sir James Goldsmith channelled considerable funding into it. Its first office was in Richard Mellon Scaife's suite of offices in London. He was and is a Right-wing hardline billionaire.

Thatcher won the Spring, 1979 General Election. Attention was switched to the US, to help elect Ragan's people. This also succeeded. At that time, 40,000 Soviet tanks were poised on the Eastern borders of NATO Europe. Great numbers of Soviet nuclear weapons were aimed at us all. Not very nice, with Communist-led Trade Unions dictating policy in Britain.

I didn't have much time for the more authoritarian stuff, which seemed to be what really motivated them. Expansion of Social Control, in the service of "Capitalism."

Still, the USSR was an evil threat, and it's not much fun when children show you where they're proposing to hide "if there's a nuclear war."


During the "Strategy of Tension" priject in Italy during the 'Seventies, democracy seemed seriously threatened by rival gangs of Communist and Neo-Fascist "terrorists", who killed a considerable number of people, up to and including the Italian Prime Minister, Sr. Aldo Moro. They blew up Bologna railway station, killing 87 people.

Then the "P-2" Masonic Lodge scandal exploded, and it was revealed that all the "terrorists" of every stripe were in practice factional agents within the Italian Security and Intelligentce 'Community', who were determined to create an authoritarian State run by themselves, with no elections. Silvio Berlusconi was a member of P-2 for a while.

All this was very unsettling. The very people who were trusted to defend society and democratic rights were determined to seize control if the State by means of "false-flag" terrorism...

Clearly, these people had been planning and co-ordinating their campaigns for a considerable time. It is not reasonable to conclude that this was official NATO policy.

The greatest danger in conflict is "becoming what we're fighting." I think this is what happened with many people. A Maniuchaean world-viwe takes people over, and "... Whoever is not for us is against us", as Emperor Palpatine stated. (His character was based on Richard Nixon, according to George Lucas in "Skywalking." When this is compounded by the "Security" world-view, that EVERYTHING and EVERYONE is a potential threat, this becomes very dangerous. -- a form of Manichaean polarized world-view -- 'Good' people doing appalling things. We had more than our fair share of that...

I was summarily 'dismissed' from the Freedom Association after being askedby the organizers to give a presentation of libertarian ideas to a Heritage Foundation Summer School at Cambridge University during my summer holiday. Afterwards, a letter appeared, written by Major Derek Jackson to Lord de L'Isle (former Governor of Australia), stating that '... it may be said that we have in part 'neutralized the [Libertarian] Alliance, insofar as the two most outspoken are Hollick and Chris Tame.' Well, well...

(to be continued...)
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QUOTE (Anduril @ Feb 28 2009, 06:39 PM) *
Daniele Ganser - NATO's Secret Armies (Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe)

It is inevitably extraordinarily difficult to discover or to figure out this area of research.

From 1978 to the end of 1980, I worked as Headquarters Logistics Manager called (over time) "The Freedom Association." (I was one of the goup who came up with this change of name, after use of the word "National" in political discourse had become counter-productive)

At first, I thought I was working for a nationwide organization of members (up to 80,000) who wanted us to campaign for a Written Constitution and a Bill of Rights for Britain. This seemed a worthwhile objective. British politics was strongly influenced by (among others) militant trade union leaderships of dubious credentials, who were increasingly using (or threatening to use) the Strike Weapon and many other tactics to override the Legislature and the Courts. I support the general idea of voluntary trade unions. It's difficult to support explicitly and proudly Communist-controlled organizations with powers to exclude others from working, and to wreak terrible damage on the economy.

According to the Memoir ("Free Agent" [1999]) of one of its Founders (Brian Crozier, a friend of CIA Director Casey's), whose account fills a third of the book, the organization was in fact a project of Right-wing elements in British and American Intelligence, who planned to install Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, so that British 'assets; could then be used to ensure the election of Ronald Reagan in the US. As you might recall, the project succeded in that objective.

Working there, it became apparrent that the general ambience was that of authoritarian Conservatism ('Neo-Conservativism' as it later became known). The outfit went to considerable lengths to present it to the public and the Press as a "broad anti-Communist front."

However, if one looked at what it actually DID, it soon became obvious that the Membership was just there to give a fig-leaf of "Grass-Roots", while policy was directed from elsewhere -- quite competently.

A former Major in the Defence Intelligence Staff, Derek Jackson, became its Director.

Almost every effort was focused on getting Thatcher into 10, Downing Street. Sir James Goldsmith channelled considerable funding into it. Its first office was in Richard Mellon Scaife's suite of offices in London. He was and is a Right-wing hardline billionaire.

Thatcher won the Spring, 1979 General Election. Attention was switched to the US, to help elect Ragan's people. This also succeeded. At that time, 40,000 Soviet tanks were poised on the Eastern borders of NATO Europe. Great numbers of Soviet nuclear weapons were aimed at us all. Not very nice, with Communist-led Trade Unions dictating policy in Britain.

I didn't have much time for the more authoritarian stuff, which seemed to be what really motivated them. Expansion of Social Control, in the service of "Capitalism."

Still, the USSR was an evil threat, and it's not much fun when children show you where they're proposing to hide "if there's a nuclear war."


During the "Strategy of Tension" priject in Italy during the 'Seventies, democracy seemed seriously threatened by rival gangs of Communist and Neo-Fascist "terrorists", who killed a considerable number of people, up to and including the Italian Prime Minister, Sr. Aldo Moro. They blew up Bologna railway station, killing 87 people.

Then the "P-2" Masonic Lodge scandal exploded, and it was revealed that all the "terrorists" of every stripe were in practice factional agents within the Italian Security and Intelligentce 'Community', who were determined to create an authoritarian State run by themselves, with no elections. Silvio Berlusconi was a member of P-2 for a while.

All this was very unsettling. The very people who were trusted to defend society and democratic rights were determined to seize control if the State by means of "false-flag" terrorism...

Clearly, these people had been planning and co-ordinating their campaigns for a considerable time. It is not reasonable to conclude that this was official NATO policy.

The greatest danger in conflict is "becoming what we're fighting." I think this is what happened with many people. A Maniuchaean world-viwe takes people over, and "... Whoever is not for us is against us", as Emperor Palpatine stated. (His character was based on Richard Nixon, according to George Lucas in "Skywalking." When this is compounded by the "Security" world-view, that EVERYTHING and EVERYONE is a potential threat, this becomes very dangerous. -- a form of Manichaean polarized world-view -- 'Good' people doing appalling things. We had more than our fair share of that...

I was summarily 'dismissed' from the Freedom Association after being askedby the organizers to give a presentation of libertarian ideas to a Heritage Foundation Summer School at Cambridge University during my summer holiday. Afterwards, a letter appeared, written by Major Derek Jackson to Lord de L'Isle (former Governor of Australia), stating that '... it may be said that we have in part 'neutralized the [Libertarian] Alliance, insofar as the two most outspoken are Hollick and Chris Tame.' Well, well...

(to be continued...)


Difficult, when the file at TOTSE.com has recently and unaccountably "gone missing"...

Still, good old Google Cache and "Wayback": (smiles)

"The Open Society and Its Enemies" by Tony Hollick


The Open Society and It's Enemies

After being chucked out of the Freedom Association, Top Thatcher aide and speechwriter Robert Moss wrote a best-selling 'roman-a-clef' 'The Spike', published Feb. 6, 1980, ISTR. It recycles the paranoid Rightist fantasy that the leading left-wing think-tank in America, the Institute for Policy Studies, is a KGB 'outstation', and is also involved with international terrorists. Yet the US has a Foreign Agents Registration Act, so _why didn't the FBI_ (which does the US counterespionage stuff too) 'bust' them all? They never arrested or charged anyone, AFAIK. IPS is still there after the Soviets have disappeared.

Rep. Larry McDonald (7th District, Georgia) read some of this stuff into the Congrressional Record, afterr Orlando Letelier (former Chilean Foreign Minister and Senior Fellow at IPS), and Ronnie Moffet (who worked at IPS) were assassinated by a car-bomb on Embassy Row in Washington.

McDomald was also vocal about CIA Station Chief Richard Welch, who was assassinated in Athens, which event US Rightists tried to blame on the 'CounterSpy' people being involved in 'disclosing' his home address (an address known to just about everyone in Athens, and identified by the East German press much earlier. Nat Hentoff, VP of the ACLU wrote for CounterSpy. John Ranelagh's brilliant book 'The Agency' discusses this case thoroughly and exonerates them.. Ranelagh's no 'crazed leftie').

The .45 ACP automatic pistol used to kill him has since been used in other kilings by the shadowy terrorist group 'November 17'. Note the date.

Interestingly, Larry McDonald was himself later a passenger on KAL 007 when it was shot down, presumably by the Soviets. An unanswered question is why the KAL transponder apparrently did not automatic returm a 'Civilian Airliner' identifier when 'illuminated' by Soviet radars. If it was rigged to return an 'E-4B' (Airborne Command and Control) ID, it's no surprise that the Soviets got over-eager.

In the UK, Soviet 'Bear' reconaissance bombers frequently intruded into British airspace. We just sent up a pair of Lightnings, and they formated one over the left wing and one under the right wing, and turned it through 180 degrees.. Photos were later exchanged of crew larking about and smiling at earch other... >:-}

Moss was also a crony of Pinochet's. He also gave lectures to the Argentine Junta's military Academies prior to the Falklands war, telling them that the Thatcher government viewd Argentina as the model for the whole of Latin America... He was also the first editor of 'Policy Review', the journal of the very powerful Heritage Foundation in Washington.

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TITLE: The Open Society and its Enemies...

[This is a brief account of some of my experiences of the "Thatcher Years."Of course, some of these events may have various possible explanations. Without there having been an adequate investigation, it's not possible toknow. I am not making threats, or issuing demands. This file most recently revised 27 March 1997].

[1978] 18th December; 1:00 a.m. I came within ten minutes of being killedwhen a large (@ 150 lb.) car-bomb exploded next to the "Oasis" building inHolborn (an MI5 outstaion), on my route home. This was after David Davis and Graham Smith had stopped their car in Tottenham Court Road next to the YMCA(where another two bombs exploded in the car park that same night), so that Icould walk home to the Alternative Bookshop in Floral Street, Covent Garden.

[1979] Graham Smith, Gerald Hartup and I were verbally threatened, manhandled, and our property destroyed, by a dozen SWP and Communist Partypeople in the presence of Mr. Gordon McLennan, the Secretary of the Communist Party (whose assistant fetched the attackers), while we were distributing entirely innocuous "Freedom Association" literature to the public at BrixtonUnderground Station, pointing out the distinction between communism and 'capitalism':

"Under Capitalism, you are free to criticise Capitalism. Under Communism, you are also free to criticize Capitalism."

On several occasions while I was living and working there, bricks werethrown, smashing through the front windows of the Alternative Bookshop at 40 Floral Street, WC2; and telephoned threats were received, as well as other acts directed against the property.

July 1879: I was dismissed from my job at "The Freedom Association",supposedly for attending an ISOS/Heritage Foundation Summer School atCambridge during my holiday, at which I was asked by the ISOS organizers togive a talk on libertarian ideas. This was after an article by the notoriousright-wing conservative and police witness Ernest van den Haag attacking libertarianism had been published by the American conservative magazine"National Review" in their July issue. Van den Haag was a participant at theSummer School, as were Gerald Frost, Geordie Hayward, Diana Bowen, Graham Smith and Keith Joseph.

Afterwards, a letter was brought to my attention, dated 14 August 1979, written by the director of "The Freedom Association", a Defence intelligence Staff army major, Derek Jackson to Lord de l'Isle, the chairman, saying that"It might be said that we have already in part neutralised the situation asthe two most outspoken of the Alliance are <b style="color:black;background-color:#a0ffff">Hollick</b> and Chris Tame." Graham Smith was not objected to, it seems. A month later, my friend Gerald Hartup was also dismissed, but Jackson and Smith themselves were ousted before this came into effect.

[1980] Feb 4; My aunt and godparent Mrs. Joyce Pike was found dead in a river, supposedly from drowning, outside Glenside Hospital, an hour after 'news' of a "mistaken diagnosis" of depression had been notified to me by telephone by her consultant, a Dr. Charneaud. This was after she had been subjected to months of ruinous hospitalization at Barrow, extendedelectroshock (at the hands of Drs. Rooth and Hughes) and drug "treatment"entirely inappropriate to a _thyroid condition_.

She herself said her problem was pain and disability casued by an incompetent knee operation, which had left her hardly able to walk, and look after her husband. My telephone calls were made from a phone subject tointerception, at the Alangate Group Chairman's office.

[ The Crown Prosecution has now ordered the Police to open a murder investigation. ]

[1981] On 3 June I had to abandon my home completely and immediately , on police instructions from David Hedges, after threats were made against me and the life of my pet cat on 2nd June by one Rex Smoothy, a criminal. He threatened to cut Beeper's throat in front of me.

This necessitated my moving immediately to David Davis's house in Denmark Rd., Bedford, more than sixty miles (five hours a day travelling time) away from my place of work.

[1982] My main client company (the Alangate Group of employment agencies) was finally deliberately and unlawfully put out of business by Inland RevenueSpecial Office officials, owing me #1,700.00, and leaving several thousand people without work, and this after John Blundell, Gerald Frost, Lord Cockfield and others at the Centre for Policy Studies had been told what wa sgoing on. This was the second time this had happened.

1982: My uncle and godparent Bertram Pike, a retired trade union leader, was found dead (and his will was found to have been changed; no probate documentwas ever received). One of his friends has said there was something 'suspicious' about his death; I have no means of knowing.

July 1982: The MI5-controlled publication "Searchlight" published an article attacking George Miller, a young Liberal Party officer and NTS anti-Sovietactivist; and the Libertarian Alliance, a small human-rights group which Ihad helped to found. This attack 'coincided' with the KGB arresting NTS free trade union activists in Russia.

22 Aug; A contentious Libertarian Alliance (LA) foreign policy day-school took place.

October; the LA dispute worsened. At Chris Tame's request, I went to hisassistance, and that of the Alternative Bookshop and George Miller. A sub-group of Libertarian Alliance members, led by David Ramsay Steele and Mark Brady, and supported by the American-based Institute for Humane Studies and SEARCHLIGHT, were trying illicitly to seize control of the Alternative Bookshop and the LA.

20 Nov; Michael Zegarac threatened to arrange for the Socialist Workers'Party to fire-bomb the Alternative Bookshop, if Chris Tame got into a fight. Steele repeatedly threatened to publicly "name" Chris Tame, Judy Tame, myself and others as "intelligence agents", implying that we were acting under direction, when -- as far as I know -- none of us ever had.

15 Dec; A menacing -- blackmailing -- letter from David Ramsay Steele addressed "To Whom It May Concern" was forwarded to the DPP by our --concerned -- Solicitors.

24 Dec; A very unpleasant entrapment attempt took place, when a "security guard" approached me in a railway carriage, asked me if I had a "shooter",and then offered to _kill_ Steele and his associates for money.

25 Dec; These incidents were pre-emptively reported by me to the Metropolitan Police, who seemed in no hurry whatsoever to obtain a description of the 'hit-man'.

[1983] 9 Jan.; After further efforts on my part to get the authorities to deal with the deteriorating situation, I was asked by the Anti-Terrorist Branch at New Scotland Yard (C13) to stay on after Hillel Steiner's inquiry at the Waldorf Hotel, so as to learn more of the intentions of Steele and his associates.

11 Jan.; I did so: more threats, and violent attacks by Steele occurred (and were reported by complaint later that night to C13)

13 Jan.; According to a C13 officer, the matter was the responsibility of the Metropolitan Police, Special Branch (C11). During a meeting with two of their people which took place at Beckenham Police Station, which they started by saying that they were investigating allegations of security "leaks", it was rather obvious they would prefer these matters to be ignored, and hints to me of ten-year terms of imprisonment for "conspiracy to murder" making it harder to leave the country rather emphasised this. They seemed quite friendly. I would not want to harm Steele's life-chances, and I would also prefer a quiet life. I said I did not want to press charges for assault and threats tomurder, and that I wanted Steele to rejoin his American wife in America.

[ The leading officer was Detective-Inspector Ray Dowd ]

On returning to the U.S., Steele, with his friend Brady, rewarded this forbearance by publishing a variety of abuse, disinformation and allegationsof involvement with British intelligence and so on, in "Libertarian Vanguard", a publication controlled by US government informers. When I discussed their threats of further 'revelations' with Special Agent Dolan ofthe San Francisco Branch of the FBI, he pointed out that the First Amendment prohibited pre-publication censorship, and asked _me_ for a writtenc omplaint, even though the LV article was in blatant breach of the US Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

At that time, the Reagan administration was apparently trying by means of National Security Directive D84 to get powers of prior restraint onpublishing, in violation of the US Constitutional guarantees of freedom ofthe press. I received hints that if Chris Tame and/or his wife Judy and/or myself had been attacked or killed by 'terrorists' this would have been mos thelpful to passage of such further measures.

Since then, Brady and and some of his associates have received tens ofthousands of dollars from Institute for Humane Studies-linked funds. (This may be what I.H.S. (a Koch front) calls "recruiting intelligence officers for freedom:" paying America's enemies to attack America's friends).

Since then, my telephone has been monitored and obstructed (obtrusively); my mail has been opened or 'disappeared' (obtrusively); someone with SIGINT knowledge may explain more about the monitoring of word processor radiofrequencies.

Other unusual and unpleasant incidents have occurred.

17 November 1982: Ashford, Kent; My friend Andrew Robert Dennett, whom I used to accompany to church when he was five years old, was found dying of cyanide poisoning. He was 19 years old. I learnt of this after receiving a letter from Steele's associate Steven Berry, at ESOC Darmstadt, West Germany, referring to "a leather-bound set of the Encyclopaedia Brittanica." This was the gift given by me to Andrew, Peter and Terence Dennett when they were children, at Christmastime in 1969.

The existence of a cassette tape-recording was pointed out to me, and I asked Andrew's step-father for it; I then listened to the recording, made by Andrew prior to his death. Andrew Dennett had recorded his belief that his life was being destroyed, as well as his fear that he was going to bemurdered, and naming those he feared were going to kill him as Klara Barrett and his step-father Michael Dickens (another Freedom Association member). The existence of this tape-recording was notified to New Scotland Yard within 24 hours; the interviewing officers' existence was denied; and there was no follow-up at all.

13 October 1983; Margaret H. Thatcher's birthday. My pet cat Beeper's still-warm and floppy dead body was handed to me in a black polythene bag at 6 o'clock in the evening at the local Veterinary Hospital. I had been told that Beeper had died 'under anaesthesia' at 10 o'clock that morning. A "vet"was obliged to leave the country a few days later for illegally 'operating onhuman beings.' [I had asked 'Dr.' Robert Lefever for a 'second opinion.']

In the same week, George Miller's car was rammed. Coincidentally, two cars hired by Jeremy Shearmur from Hertz had mechanical failures. Jeremy's a skeptic. "He wh ognores these forces becomes their victim" (Eric Berne, MD).


[1984] 14 Jan; After spending the evening with Jeremy Shearmur, I was attacked, head-butted and maliciously injured in Croydon Road, Beckenham, while trying to arrest a man who had attacked and injured my landlord's son.The police were called, and seemed very uninterested. After 15 minutes theywere persuaded to note a description of the attacker. They were not heard from again.

7 February 1984; Andrew Dennett's brother Terry was hospitalised with a broken neck in New South Wales, Australia, after his car was rammed in a head-on crash by an identical stolen BMW, registration no. BS 201. ('BS 201' happens to be the basic CIA file descriptor). Both cars were destroyed by fire. The other driver disappeared. This happened one year to the day afterBrady's associate Michael Zegarac issued a document mentioning "measures" heand his associates would be taking, and one year to the day after JorgeAmador's "Better Red than Dead" article was published in the US.

July 1984; All mention of these events was censored from the publication"Free Life: The Journal of the Libertarian Alliance", which I edited, after Ihad sent the copy for the issue to the printers. This was done on the instructions of Jillian Becker, the self-styled "terrorism" expert and RENAMO apologist.

[1985] As confirmed by John Warden, the Daily Express Political Editor, abuse and disinformation instigated by Mr. John Selwyn Gummer and his associates at Conservative Central Office, and directed against conservatives and libertarians as well as the Libertarian Alliance, was published on the front page of the Daily Express, on national ITV news, and elsewhere. By thi stime I had ceased work on medical advice, with a diagnosis of "stress reaction." My employment was subsequently lost. The Daily Express paidfour-figure sums in damages to Chris Tame and Madsen Pirie (President, Adam Smith Institite).

A man was charged with and convicted of arson with intent to endanger life after another fire-bombing at the Alternative Bookshop, while BrianMicklethwait was staying there. On the very same day, the "private-sector"doctor R. Lefever (another "Freedom Association" member, whose stated concernfor "state secrecy" seems to exceed his concern for the well-being of the patients who pay him) was telling me I was being "paranoid" and that I was"imagining" these incidents (having previously told me the very sameincidents (including the three 'non-accidental' deaths) were connected in away I would never discover, being part of a "plot" being perpetrated by "theKGB", based at 9, Poland Street, London W1, according to him, who were"trying to drive us crazy" as part of a plan to diminish the effectiveness ofanyone opposing the KGB).

Counter-Information Services, the UK affiliate of Transnational Institute(the international wing of the American Institute for Policy Studies), aswell as the Tory Reform Group, also used 9, Poland Street, which wascontrolled by the Rowntree Trust. The Rowntree Trust, (which with KeithJoseph also took part in establishing the Centre for Policy Studies), had Chitnis as chairman at the time. Chitnis is also a close associate of DavidSteel, the Liberal Party politician.

Since that time, further unpleasant incidents have occurred.

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The cumulative effect of being subjected to this continued misconduct, without adequate defence or support, has been to deplete my resources of skills and intellectual and financial capital, and to make it almost impossible to plan ahead with any confidence so as to earn a living. I am presently receiving prescribed mild tranquillizers (to mitigate anxiety) andprescribed anti-depressants (to mitigate a profound sense of grief at havingmy life, my relationships and my life-chances damaged). And those are the only drugs I have had anything to do with (to my knowledge). I am at thistime disabled and unable to work, with a diagnosis of reactive depression and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.

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The response of the "Conservative" government to these and other incidents has been quite disgracefully negligent, inadequate as well asincompetent. I do know that I have not done anything injurious to anyone. We might have expected that the authorities would help us to resolve the problems, and that they would at least try to provide adequate safety measures and restitution. So much for "defending freedom." So much for "the Rule of Law."

As the Tory Government allows this country's free-society intellectualactivists to be messed around like this, it is not really surprising that their policies continue to lose support by the day.

If the abilities andenergies and resources of our "brightest and best" are dissipated by such unpleasantness, is it any wonder that our country has so many unsolved problems? Or that people become reluctant to speak out in defence of a freesociety, with disastrous consequences for the quality of life and the prospects for any real national security?

It is a matter for some regret that, after so many years of effort trying to make this a country where individual freedom, ability, courage,independent thought and civilized behaviour are respected, valued and protected, I should have to say, with very considerable regret, that for me, the "Thatcher Years" proved to be an unnecessarily costly and miserably disappointing failure.

I think it is fair to say that what has been going on in this country does not come close to measuring up to the standards of administration for an Open Society which Karl Popper could have considered to be anywhere near satisfactory.

Tony Hollick (Anduril)
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Thanks Tony.

I found Vols. 1 & 2 of Karl Popper's "The Open Society and Its Enemies" in the archive here:

Volume 1
http://www.archive.org/details/opensocietyandit033120mbp

Volume 2
http://www.archive.org/details/opensocietyandit033064mbp

There are .DjVU, .PDF, and .TXT files available for download at each location. It looks to be a couple of very interesting books from what I skimmed through. Quite prophetic too, considering the 1947 publish dates.
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