This is Danielle Ganser's shocking book NATO's Secret Armies - Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe (2005)
which traces the hidden history of NATO's stay-behind armies which operated in total secrecy in preparation for Communist invasion of Europe - or at least that's what the soldiers were told they were created for.
The CIA and the British secret service MI6, in collaboration with the military alliance NATO and European military secret services set up a network of clandestine anticommunist armies in Western Europe after World War II. The goal was to operate behind enemy lines setting up resistance movements in case of a Soviet invasion of Europe. The secret soldiers were trained on remote islands in the Mediterranean and in unorthodox warfare centers in England and in the United States by the Green Berets and SAS Special Forces. The network was armed with explosives, machine guns and high-tech communication equipment hidden in underground bunkers and secret arms caches in forests and mountain meadows. In some countries, the secret army linked up with right-wing terrorists who in a secret war engaged in political manipulation, harassment of left wing parties, massacres, coup d'etats and torture. Codenamed "Gladio" (the sword), the Italian secret army was exposed in 1990 by Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti to the Italian Senate, whereupon the press spoke of the "the best kept, and most damaging, political-military secret since World War II". Ever since, so-called 'stay-behind' armies of NATO have also been discovered in France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Greece and Turkey.
They were internationally coordinated by the Pentagon and NATO and had their last known meeting in the NATO-linked Allied Clandestine Committee (ACC) in Brussels in October 1990. Operating in all Western European countries under different codenames and coordinated by the Allied Clandestine Committee and the Clandestine Planning Committee under the umbrella supervision of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) within the NATO and with the active supporting role of the Pentagon, CIA and the British MI6. The secret army was clandestine and illegal in many countries and staffed by loyal anti-communist soldiers and rightwing activists recruited from various sectors, surprisingly many with a past with the nazis or fascist armies during WWII. These armies have been employed also against the national communist (and in some case socialist) parties under the complacence of domestic intelligence services with several suspect cases of assassinations and some documented cases of terrorist attacks against civilian targets, or in overturning democratically elected governments (Greece and Turkey) too dangerously left-leaning. Ganser reveals the role of NATO (and specifically the United States) in right-wing terror attacks on European soil, and to some degree breaks through the wall of secrecy surrounding the Gladio units set up in the aftermath of World War II. Nato's Secret Armies is an essential guide to understanding post-war European politics and the powerful realpolitik of EU-US relations as it provides a complete documentation of the general patterns of this army across Europe that if taken in isolation would seem improbable. Much remains to be discovered, but the merit of this book is to have put together scattered information in a well organized way. Find out how the fear of Soviet invasion (which never came) was used to convince otherwise patriotic soldiers to commit acts of pure terrorism against their own population, removing democratically elected governments and in general being involved in the most despicaple acts of violence hiding under the umbrella of the state. And today we have the "muslim" terrorists again secretly trained by these same secret services, is someone again using "fear" to control the population and keep the existing governments in line?