Sunday, 31 August 2008

Giovanni Allavena

General Giovanni Allavena - Former Head of SIFAR (Italian Military Intelligence); P2 Member

The Information Service Forze Armate (SIFAR) (GV: "Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces") is a former Italian intelligence service.

The SIFAR was divided into several departments, including the General Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces under. The service had more general intelligence responsibilities at home and abroad and was less of a purely technically oriented military intelligence service. These subjects had from 1949 to 1997, the SIOS services (Servizio Operational Information Situazione e) of the three Armed Forces (G2/A2) inne (Sios-Esercito, Sios-Marina, Sios-Aeronautica).

The SIFAR was established in 1965 because of the restructuring of the Ministry of Defence and General Staff of the new Information Service (SID) Difesa replaced.


* Gen. Giovanni Carlo Re (1949-1951)
* Gen. Umberto Broccoli (1951-1952)
* Gen. Ettore Musco (1952-1955)
* Gen. Giovanni De Lorenzo (1955-1962)
* Gen. Egidio Viggiani (1962-1965)
* Gen. Giovanni Allavena (1965)

SIFAR in the press

In the headlines of SIFAR got in the 60s. Because of the danger of a (democratic) takeover of the powerful Communist Party of Italy (PCI), the SIFAR, with the support or at least approval of the CIA destabilization campaigns, and even a coup planned (Marrargiu Capo). It was particularly implicated later Carabinieri chief Giovanni De Lorenzo.
The Italian journal L'Espresso of June 28, 1981 indicates that numbers of high ranking members of the Italian military intelligence organizations were both SMOMs and members of P-2. The list of dual members included General Santovito, the former head of SISMI; Admiral Giovanni Torrisi, the head of the general staff of the Army, and General Giovanni Allavena, head of the intelligence service (then Sifar, which was later split into SISDE and SISMI).
Numerous leaders of Italy's military intelligence organization were members of both SMOM and P2, including Gen. Giuseppe Santovito (former head of SISMI, which replaced SID after 1977), Adm. Giovanni Torrisi, Chief of the General Staff of the Army, and Gen. Giovanni Allavena, head of SIFAR.
Italy 1965-1990

* Italian Parliament. Licio Gelli's List of P2 Members. 1981
* Parapolitics/USA 1982-03-31 (19)
* Willan,P. Puppetmasters. 1991 (48, 149)

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