This is Licio Gelli (1919-2015). He used to work in a mattress factory in Italy but under Mussolini he flourished into a prominent supporter of fascism and fighting for General Franco (and the Fascist Cause) during the Spanish Civil War. He collaborated with the Nazi Germans during WWII with the extent of his crimes not being clearly known. After the war (in 1946) he founded the neo-fascist ‘Italian Social Movement (MSI)’ under the noses of the occupying powers. He was a CIA Ooperative, a Vatican Banker and a double-agent against the Soviet Union. He was responsible for one of the biggest (Vatican) banking frauds in Italian history, and the arming of rightwing regimes in Argentina (he supplied the Exocet Missiles that sank British ships). He founded the notorious Freemasonry Lodge named ‘Raggruppamento Gelli – P2’ – (with ‘P2’ standing for ‘Propaganda 2’) – this is omitted from his Wikipage. Through this he attracted leading police and military personalities, as well as rich businessmen, influential politicians and important celebrities. As a far-rightwinger – Gelli had a plan to keep Italy rightwing – and should the population democratically ‘vote’ in a Communist Government – he would lead a rightwing coup and take power. Gelli was of the opinion that the Western (capitalist) democracies would not interfere with this illegal seizure of power – and suspect he was right.
On the surface the ‘Raggruppamento Gelli – P2’ Freemasons Lodge was, and still is, a fanatical insurance policy against potential Communist governments. Excluding Italy there are still branches functioning in Argentina, Venezuela, Paraguay, Bolivia, France, Portugal and Nicaragua. Members are also active in Switzerland and the USA. P2 interlocks with the Mafia in Italy, Cuba and the USA. It interlocks with a number of the military regimes of Latin America, and with a variety of groups of neo-Fascists. It also interlocks very closely with the CIA. It reaches right into the heart of the Vatican. The central common interest of all these elements is apparently a hatred and fear of Communism.
In fact, P2 is not a world conspiracy with the aim of preventing the spread of Marxism or its many variants. It is an international grouping with a number of diverse aims. It combines an attitude of mind with a community of self-interest, its main goals being not the destruction of a particular ideology but an insatiable greed for power and wealth and the furtherance of self, hiding behind the acceptable face of ‘defenders of the free world’. In the world of P2, however, nothing is free. Eveything has a price.
David Yallop: In God’s Name (Kindle edition), 2012, loc 2381