Daniele Ganser’s book on NATO

Last year, the Swedish translation of NATO’s Secret Armies was published. The following is a translation to English of a book review in Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet:

Speculative about power

Conspiracy takes over and Bush is being blamed

Book reviews Thu 22 Dec 2016

Eleven years have passed since Daniele Ganser published his to journalism processed dissertation on Nato’s power structures in Western Europe of the Cold War: That included Sweden.

Nato guided and supervised under two models: partly through the stay-behind systems, a parallel invisible paramilitary apparatus of power ready to fight attempts to invade from the Soviet Union, partly through controlled terror actions, “the fear strategy”, directed toward the political left, especially the large Communist parties of that time in Italy and France. In these operations, the security service allied itself with right-wing extremists.

Ganser credibly shows Nato’s and CIA’s power over the Western European security systems.

However, he is too conspiratorial in the description of terrorism links to the US and British security services. He simply lacks reliable sources to base his analyzes on and the notes are woefully thin.

Ganser also recognizes that he mainly relies on secondary sources or newspaper. The criticism against him has been massive from the majority of the scientific community.

Ganser speculates to the limit of parody. Olof Palme should – actually – have been murdered because of his Nato-resistance and it is hinted that the murderers came from the West’s security service.

He more than suggests that George Bush himself launched the September 11 massacre, in order to combat any kind of terrorism without restrictions. Aldo Moro, the Italian prime minister, was allegedly murdered by a conspiracy between Western security services and the Red Brigades.

When I read the sections, to which I have devoted much of my time, like Italy and France, I discover many errors.

The question you ultimately ask yourself becomes: Why is this broken-criticized and decade old book published, right now? At a time when the entire global security system has been rewritten and the center of war and terror moved from Europe to the Middle East and when we learned immeasurably by Assange and Snowden of espionage, surveillance, terror and power politics.

Nato’s Secret Armies
Daniele Ganser
Transl. Stefan Lindgren
Karneval förlag


Here we the pleasure to publish a review of Aftonbladet’s review:

A perfect example

I used to think that the mass media’s duty was to critically examine the rulers and authorities. That is the way I still think they should work, which is essential for a functioning democracy.

However, Aftonbladet’s review of Daniele Ganser’s book on NATO, is a perfect example of how today’s mass media often take another role: To protect the rulers and authorities, even from well-founded suspicions of state crime.

Aftonbladet’s reviewer, Olle Svenning, does a highly professional job in smearing Ganser, a bit like a professional executioner who prepares the gallows for a dissident. Personally, I’m not even sure if Svenning has read the entire book, if he really believes what he wrote or if he has any facts to support it. But I believe that does not really matter to Svenning’s superiors, because Svenning must have delivered exactly what they expected.

This book is absolute dynamite and it is natural that very influential powers want to discredit it. If the book was used as a starting point for further investigations and prosecutions, ordinary citizens might find out the truth about serious criminality with links to the highest places, the real perpetrators might be caught and the prospects of a revived democracy with a real justice system and less terror would be much better.

I’m sad to see that Aftonbladet has taken the position they did, without even stating which facts the conclusions are based on. I have written to Aftonbladet asking about the many alleged errors concerning Italy and France, but have received no reply so far. Thus, Svenning calls Ganser’s 50 pages of notes “thin”, but does not seem able or willing to provide a single comment to support his own claims about errors. Also, Svenning does not mention with one word that Ganser has a Swedish historian, Mats Deland, as co-author for some of the chapters.

In my opinion, we should be thankful to Ganser and Deland for the excellent work they have done, despite the difficulties they must have faced and the possible shortcomings of the book. For example, some chapters are extremely short (only one page), although there is probably much more to tell. Because of the origin of the main author, Ganser, I would have like to read more especially about Switzerland.

Regarding Svenning’s final question, the book can actually be essential for starting to understand how hidden state crime might be taking place also today, although the perpetrators seem to be independent extremist groups. It is, in my opinion, likely that Muslim extremists have since a number of years taken the place of left extremists, to blame even if a state is behind the terror. To just slightly modify the pattern of the old crimes and still get away with it is of course easy if you have mass media on your side.