84,383. Calvi was a member of a Masonic lodge in Italy the members of which wore black robes and called each other Friars – Black Friars. (P2 Lodge & Black Ops & Assassinations & Vatican) ibid.
84,384. The head honcho at the P2 was this man – Lichio Gelli. Gelli got Calvi to join his P2 lodge so that he could turn Calvi’s bank into the prefect vehicle for financing the P2’s rather questionable activities. Like backing right-wing dictators in Latin America. And accepting CIA money to cement terrorism. And then there’s the arms dealing. P2 were alleged to have supported the Argentine government in the Falkland’s war, even supplying them with Exocet missiles. All of these funds passed through Calvi’s bank. (P2 Lodge & Black Ops & Assassinations & Vatican) ibid.
84,385. He would talk about they being after me and not being specific who they were. He didn’t really tell me anything ... This was a man who was frightened, who was hunted, and who was aware that the end probably wasn’t far off. (P2 Lodge & Assassinations) Robert Cornwell, author, televised report of 1982 meeting with Calvi
84,386. The P2 Freemasons’ lodge was a network of protectors – it’s the old Freemason thing – it’s a network, it's a brotherhood, and the brothers help each other. But it was a kind of parallel and rather dodgy Freemasons’ lodge which had as its members many many powerful people from all walks of life. Robert Cornwell
94,916. In July 1990, President Cossiga of Italy called for an investigation of charges aired over state television that the CIA had paid Licio Gelli to foment terrorist activities in Italy in the late 1960s and 1970s. Gelli was grandmaster of the secret Propaganda Due (P2) Masonic lodge and had long been suspected of a leading role in terrorism and other criminal activities. In those years, according to a 1984 report of the Italian Parliament, P2 and other neo-fascist groups, working closely with elements of the Italian military and secret services, were preparing a virtual coup to impose an ultra-right regime and to block the rising forces of the left. (Italy & CIA & P2 Lodge & Gladio & Coup) Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy
118,362. Red Brigades (RB): Marxist-Leninist terrorist group founded in 1970. Kidnapped DC president Aldo Moro in 1978, killed him after 55 days. Terrorists always maintained they acted independently but search for Moro perhaps influenced by P2 Lodge. (GBH Films & Italy & P2 Lodge) Il Divo 2008 starring Toni Servillo & Anna Bonaiuto & Flavio Bucci & Carlo Buccirosso & Piera Degli Esposti & Alberto Cracco & Giorgio Colangeli & Massimo Popolizio & Aldo Ralli & Giulio Bosetti et al, director Paolo Sorrentino, opening glossary
118,363. P2 Lodge: Anti-Communist Masonic secret society founding during Cold War. Run by Licio Gelli, 972 known members: politicians, reporters, businessmen, military, secret service personnel. Objective was to instal an authoritarian government. Silvio Berlusconi was also member. (GBH Films & Italy & P2 Lodge) ibid.
118,370. Roberto Calvi appropriated a substantial sum belonging to Gelli & Calo. Calvi’s suicide was staged. Calvi was strangled by Francesco di Carlo on Pippo Calo’s orders. Pippl Calo was a very important man in Cosa Nostra; he’s capable of using his brain; he was Cosa Nostra’s man in Rome. (GBH Films & Italy & Assassination Cases & P2 Lodge) ibid.
120,179. The story of an Italian banker: for a while he had the Midas touch; he masterminded a financial empire. It enriched fascists and priests. Bankers and swindlers. When it all crashed, the scandal reached even to the inner sanctum of the Catholic church. Tonight: the story of the man called God’s Banker. (Assassination & Bank & Vatican & P2 Lodge) Frontline PBS & BBC Panorama: God’s Banker ***** PBS February 1983
120,180. Calvi’s Italian bank was in big trouble. (Assassination & Bank & Vatican & P2 Lodge) ibid.
120,181. It’s a puzzle to which we have some of the pieces … Power, politics and the Catholic church … The investigation was triggered by the death of Roberto Calvi. (Assassination & Bank & Vatican & P2 Lodge) ibid.
120,182. Calvi was inducted into an illegal cell of Italian Freemasons … (Assassination & Bank & Vatican & P2 Lodge) ibid.
120,183. It was the Vatican’s cash assets Calvi helped to manage. (Assassination & Bank & Vatican & P2 Lodge) ibid.
120,184. This is the headquarters of Calvi’s bank in Nassau. [Archbishop] Marcinkus was a director of the bank: very unusual for an Archbishop. (Assassination & Bank & Vatican & P2 Lodge) ibid.
120,185. Gelli was also the grandmaster of an illegal ultra-secret political society of Italian Freemasons. In the 1970s he inducted almost a thousand of Italy’s most powerful men in clandestine rituals here in Rome’s Excelsior Hotel. Gelli created an organisation of the radical right, a state within a state, taking in government ministers, generals, heads of corporations and major banks like Calvi. Even the head of the Italian secret service. They called themselves Propaganda Due, and when they were uncovered in March 1981 the scandal brought down the Italian government. (Assassination & Bank & Vatican & P2 Lodge) ibid.
120,186. Gelli persuaded Calvi to to buy 40% of Italy’s largest and most prestigious newspaper the Corriere Della Sera. (Assassination & Bank & Vatican & P2 Lodge) ibid.
120,187. Calvi invested heavily in extreme right-wing anti-communist newspapers in Uruguay and Argentina. Gelli’s closest contact in South America was the Argentinian dictator Juan Peron. (Assassination & Bank & Vatican & P2 Lodge) ibid.
120,188. P2 and the ultimately respectable but also secretive Vatican were using Calvi’s bank to move money for political purposes. P2 was exposed in March 1981. (Assassination & Bank & Vatican & P2 Lodge) ibid.
120,189. Italian authorities became suspicious of Calvi’s deals on the Milan stock exchange. (Assassination & Bank & Vatican & P2 Lodge) ibid.
120,190. Too much was becoming public and Calvi began to fear for his life. (Assassination & Bank & Vatican & P2 Lodge) ibid.
120,191. We don’t know why Calvi was taken to London. (Assassination & Bank & Vatican & P2 Lodge) ibid.
121,192. The programme [Gladio] was closely linked to a Masonic league known as P2 or Propaganda Due. It was made up of military and intelligence officers, political leaders, industrialists, Mafioso, bankers and even Vatican contacts. (CIA & Intelligence Agencies & Secrecy & Black Ops & False Flag Operations & Gladio & P2 Lodge) Counter-Intelligence: Shining a Light on Black Operations s1e3: The Strategy of Tension, 2013