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FTR #43 The Pope Shooting: Stibam

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The Stibam arms-for-drugs ring was one of the most impor­tant and least pub­li­cized ele­ments of U.S. and NATO covert oper­a­tions in the 1970s and 1980s. This pro­gram dis­cuss­es con­nec­tions between this oper­a­tion’s drug busi­ness and the milieu of the fas­cist Grey Wolves, some of whose mem­bers shot the pope in May of 1981. The broad­cast also con­tains a sum­ma­ry of the numer­ous con­nec­tions between Stibam and U.S. intel­li­gence, the Drug Enforce­ment Admin­is­tra­tion, the fas­cist P‑2 Lodge, promi­nent U.S. politi­cians and promi­nent Ital­ian politi­cians. Some of the orga­ni­za­tion’s past oper­a­tions are also dis­cussed, includ­ing Stibam’s con­nec­tions to the Iran-Con­tra and Iraq­gate scan­dals and its appar­ent involve­ment in attempts at smug­gling nuclear weapons to Arab nations. (Record­ed in the fall of 1995.)