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AbbreviationNATO, OTAN
MottoAnimus in consulendo liber
(In discussion, a free mind)
Formation4 April 1949
HeadquartersSupreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium
Leaders• Secretary General of NATO
• Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Type• international
• military
Subgroups• North Atlantic Council
• Defence Planning Committee
• Nuclear Planning Group
• Allied Clandestine Committee
• Clandestine Planning Committee
• NATO/Headquarters
• NATO/Permanent Representatives and National Delegations
• NATO/International Staff
• NATO/Support and Procurement Agency
• NATO/Standardization Agency
• NATO/Communications and Information Agency
• NATO/Science and Technology Organization
• NATO/Air Traffic Management Committee
• NATO/Military Committee Meteorological Group
• International Board of Auditors for NATO
• [[..|...]]
InterestsIllegal drug trade, Operation Gladio, Encirclement of Russia
Interest ofEduard Abrahamyan, Theodore Achilles, Aspen Institute Germany, Atlantic Council, Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom, Brian Berletic, Pierre-Henri Bunel, Geopolitics & Empire, German Atlantic Society, Niels Haagerup, Mats Johansson, Julian Lindley-French, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Netherlands Atlantic Association, Chris Prebensen, Rick Rozoff, James Sherr, Voltaire Network, Karel van Wolferen
Member ofAtlantic Council/Distinguished Leadership Awards
Sponsor ofEuropean Leadership Network, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
Sponsored byAnswering Russia's Strategic Narratives
SubpageNATO/ Civil Emergency Planning Committee
NATO/Defense College
NATO/Deputy Secretary General
NATO/Propaganda
NATO/Secretary General
NATO/Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence
Membership• Albania
• Belgium
• Bulgaria
• Canada
• Croatia
• Czech Republic
• Denmark
• Estonia
• France
• Germany
• Greece
• Hungary
• Iceland
• Italy
• Latvia
• Lithuania
• Luxembourg
• Montenegro
• Netherlands
• North Macedonia
• Norway
• Poland
• Portugal
• Romania
• Slovakia
• Slovenia
• Spain
• Turkey
• United Kingdom
• United States
The world's largest military alliance. "Take five broken empires, add the sixth one later, and make one big neo-colonial empire out of it all."

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is a military alliance set up after WW2. During the Cold War it was balanced by the Warsaw Pact. Since then it has expanded its reach, even though Mikhail Gorbachev clarified in 2014 that while discussing the unification of Germany, it was highly requested to not be deployed on former East German soil.[1]

In the 2010s during Cold War 2.0, studies have shown the population of the NATO members and bordering countries increasingly look negatively at NATO.[2]

On 6 October 2017, when it was announced that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) had won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg denounced the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, the accord promoted by ICAN aimed at eliminating all nuclear weapons:

"NATO is committed to preserving peace and creating the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons,” Stoltenberg said. “We share this goal with ICAN and I welcome the attention given to this issue by the Nobel Committee. However, the NWBT does not move us closer to the goal of a world without nuclear weapons. In fact, it risks undermining the progress we have made over the years in disarmament and non-proliferation.”
"What we need is verifiable and balanced reduction of nuclear weapons,” Stoltenberg said. “The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which all NATO Allies have signed, remains the cornerstone of international efforts to do so. Since the end of the Cold War, NATO Allies have dramatically reduced the number of their nuclear weapons. But as long as nuclear weapons exist, NATO will remain a nuclear alliance.”[3]

Official narrative

NATO's original justification and cold war official narrative about "defending the free world against communist aggression", while mendacious from the outset, was a lot clearer than the current position. Since 9/11 particularly, the fallback justifications for war have been "humanitarian intervention" (aimed at the political Left) and fighting 'terrorism' and its 'state sponsors' (aimed at the political Right), both of which are wearing increasingly thin. Some NATO activities, such as Operation Gladio in particular, were never intended to come to light, and have incoherent and/or self-contradictory official narratives - indicative of the strong support given by commercially-controlled media.

History

NATO was set up after World War II. The Soviet Union applied for membership in 1954, but was refused.

Operation Gladio

Full article: Operation Gladio

In October 1990, Le Cercle member and Italian Prime Minister, Giulio Andreotti, accused NATO of involvement in Operation Gladio. After almost a month of silence on the matter, senior NATO spokesman Jean Marcotta categorically denied Andreotti's allegation, stating at SHAPE headquarters in Mons, Belgium that "NATO has never contemplated guerrilla war or clandestine operations; it has always concerned itself with military affairs and the defence of allied frontiers." The next day a different NATO spokesman retracted NATO's denial.[4] Although established at or very near the start of NATO, it only emerged to become part of the historical record in 1990 after an investigation in the Italian parliament - by which point it had already lead to many violent deaths of civilians in false flag operations in a range of European countries.

Post-Cold War expansion

The post 1989 decline of the Soviet empire and consequent lack of a clear enemy caused something of an existential crisis for NATO, which appears to have lead directly to the "war on terrorism" through the Operation Gladio/B plan. Some concessions and significant promises regarding NATO expansions towards Russia were not adhered to.[5]

In 2022, Russian president Putin tried to halt the expansion of NATO by placing 100.000 troops at their Ukrainian border, reminding the US of Gorbachev's request. Putin demanded the US to cease all NATO activity in every country joined since 1997.[6]

Organisation

NATO has an extensive civilian structure, under the Secretary General of NATO, as distinct from its military structure, commanded by the Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)

Full article: Supreme Allied Commander Europe

The SACEUR (Supreme Allied Commander Europe), NATO's top military executive, is always an American. As of 2015 NATO's SACEUR is Philip M. Breedlove[7]. Every NATO member has its own ambassador. According to Daniele Ganser "these channels function like this: NATO - and here predominantly the USA - says 'here are the facts and you have to do that'."[8].

Secretary General of NATO

Full article: Secretary General of NATO

The Secretary General of NATO has no power in the military command structure, but chairs several of the senior decision-making bodies of NATO, including the North Atlantic Council, the Defence Planning Committee and the Nuclear Planning Committee, the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, the Mediterranean Cooperation Group and serves as co-chair of the Permanent Joint Council and the NATO-Ukraine Commission. No publicly acknowledged selection procedure exists for this position; since the Bilderberg group arranged to reorganise NATO in 1966[9], all permanent holders of this position have been prior attendees of this conference.[10]

Activities

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NATOs military activities provide not only huge profits for the military industrial complex but also provide a cover for other business such as the organising of deep events.

Operation Gladio

Full articles: Operation Gladio, Rated 5/5 Operation Gladio/B

Since just after World War II, NATO established a network of terrorist cells. Officially for use in case of a communist invasion, this has increasingly been used for a range of purposes, such as promoting the strategy of tension through false flag attacks, possibly also for political assassinations, and in the 21st century especially, for promoting the "War on Terror".

Illegal Drug Trade

Full article: Illegal Drug Trade

It is possible that senior figures in NATO are involved in the global drug trade. Circumstantial evidence surfaced in 2003 with the arrest of Willem Matser,[11] a senior advisor to the NATO Secretary General, George Robertson, whom he saw on a daily basis. Matser was charged with money laundering, along with Pietro Fedino, an Italian crime boss connected to the Columbian Cali cartel. The failure of the commercially-controlled media to report any follow ups on this story supports the conjecture that this was no isolated enterprise, but part of a plan under deep state control.

Alliance Duty

The 1949 NATO pact, Article 5, states that an armed attack against one or more of them...shall be considered an attack against them all.[12] NATO invoked this article for the first time in its history on September 11th, 2001 when the U.S. claimed to be under military attack and called the other NATO members to assist its self-defence. NATO's treaty requires that the other members investigate the truth of this claim.[13] As of 2016 it is unclear:

  1. Whether this is still the case;
  2. If so, what consequences this has in terms of national sovereignty of NATO members;
  3. Whether any investigation has ever been carried out.

While Article V (collective defense) protections only extend to actual NATO members, the Charter's Article IV allows the umbrella of NATO protection to be extended to those non-NATO members whom the alliance views as an ally - for example the Ukraine. NATO's military interventions against Serbia in 1999, Afghanistan in 2001, Iraq in 2004, and Libya in 2011, were all done under Article IV[14] of the NATO Charter. Seen in this light, the premise that NATO is an exclusively defensive organization, committed to the promise of collective self-defense, is baseless.[15]

Criticism

The argument that NATO is merely for defence has drawn criticism, in particular in their role in the encirclement of Russia.

“We had a moment in history, between 1988 and 1991, where we could have worked with Mikhail Gorbachev to make his vision of perestroika succeed. Instead, we allowed him to fail, without any real plan on how we would live with what emerged from the ruins of the Soviet Union. Save for a short period of time during the Second World War where we needed the Soviet Union to defeat Germany and Japan, we have been in a continual state of political conflict with the Soviet Union. Even after the Soviet Union collapsed, we viewed the Russian Federation more as a defeated enemy that we needed to keep down, than a friend in need of a helping hand up.”
Scott Ritter (2021)  What Are The Prospects For Peace? [16]

A video by James Corbett

The wisdom of NATO's leaders may be questioned by Western commercially-controlled media, but their good intentions are not. Following the "humanitarian intervention" in Libya. One critic asked the rhetorical question "When was the last time that any war, anywhere, amounted to anything more than a swindle for the benefit of the bankers and the war industry, or anything less than a bloodbath for the average man or woman in the target country?"[17]

In 2019, Emmanuel Macron was quoted as saying that "What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO".[18]

 

Events carried out

EventLocationDescription
Afghanistan/2001 InvasionAfghanistanThe war in Afghanistan, instigated within a month of 9/11, supposedly in retaliation, with the claimed justification - for which no evidence has been presented - that the attacks were planned by Ossama bin Laden, and that he was based in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan/2021 withdrawalAfghanistanThe end of the US–led NATO occupation of Afghanistan
Evacuation from AfghanistanAfghanistanThe evacuation of foreigners from Afghanistan, one of the largest airlifts in history
The secret war against SwedenSweden

 

Documents by NATO

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
File:NATO-PSYOPS.pdfguidelineOctober 2007PsyopNATO’s standard doctrine for psychological operations. Though unclassified, NATO doctrine documents are not released to the public.
File:Nato-master-narrative-2008.pdfhandbook6 October 2008International Security Assistance Force
Afghanistan/2001 Invasion

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine“I asked them – are you with us?” Zelensky said. “They answered that they are with us, but they don’t want to take us into the alliance. I’ve asked 27 leaders of Europe, if Ukraine will be in NATO, I’ve asked them directly — all are afraid and did not respond We were left by ourselves. Who is ready to go to war for us? Honestly, I don’t see anybody. Who is ready to give Ukraine guarantees of NATO membership? Honestly, everybody is afraid”Russia Today
Volodymyr Zelensky
24 February 2022
Theodore Achilles“I don't think there has ever been any serious danger of an all out Soviet armed attack west of the East German-West German frontier. The danger has been, and still is, that the Russians can resort to the same tactics they were using after the war, subversion and political blackmail backed by the threat of force--intimidating European Governments with the fear of Soviet force.”Theodore Achilles
Mario BorghezioGaddafi was a great leader, a true revolutionary who should not be confused with the new Libyan leadership swept into power by NATO's bayonets and by oil multinationalsMario Borghezio2011
Johan Galtung“One basic formula for understanding the Community is this: 'Take five broken empires, add the sixth one later, and make one big neo-colonial empire out of it all.”Johan Galtung
Douglas HurdNATO is one of the principal props which have allowed Britain to punch above its weight in the world.”Douglas Hurd1993
Hastings Ismay“[NATO was created to] keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.”Hastings Ismay1952
NATO/Defense College“There is a high priority requirement to develop individuals, both on the military and on the civilian side, who will have a thorough grasp of the many complicated factors which are involved in the problem of creating an adequate defense posture for the North Atlantic Treaty area. These considerations have brought me to the conclusion that it is highly desirable to establish in the near future a NATO Defense College for the training of individuals who will be needed to serve in key capacities in NATO Organizations.”Dwight D. Eisenhower1951
Ben Nimmo“Ben Nimmo works for the Atlantic Council, funded inter alia by NATO. He is also on a retainer of £2,500 per month from the Integrity Initiative, in addition to payments for individual pieces of work. For his attack on Scottish Nationalists Nimmo was therefore paid by the Atlantic Council (your taxes through NATO), by the Integrity Initiative (your taxes) and by the Herald (thankfully shortly going bankrupt)... Nimmo’s role as witchfinder-general for Russian Bots appears very remunerative. His August 2016 invoice to The Institute for Statecraft, apparently the 71st invoice he had issued to various neo-con bodies that year, was for £5,000.”Craig Murray
Ben Nimmo
22 December 2018
Vladimir Putin“Whoever would try to stop us and further create threats to our country, to our people, should know that Russia’s response will be immediate and lead you to such consequences that you have never faced in your history. We are ready for any outcome.”Vladimir Putin
ThePrint
21 February 2022
Russia/Encirclement“We have made it clear that Nato’s move to the east is unacceptable (...) The United States is standing with missiles on our doorstep. Is it an excessive requirement not to install shock systems at our house? How would the Americans react if missiles were placed at the border with Canada or Mexico”Vladimir Putin2021
Russophobia“A superpower is a cold war term. When people today say that Russia aspires to have this status, I interpret it in the following way: they want to undermine trust in Russia, to portray Russia as frightening, and create some kind of image of an enemy. … Russia is in favor of a multipolar world, a democratic world order, strengthening the system of international law, and for developing a legal system in which any small country, even a very small country, can feel itself secure, as if behind a stone wall. … Russia is ready to become part of this multipolar world and guarantee that the international community observes these rules. And not as a superpower with special rights, but rather as an equal among equals.”Russia
Vladimir Putin
Kremlin
2007
Richard SakwaNATO exists to manage the risks created by its existence.”Richard Sakwa2015
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer“It is not likely. But he is unpredictable and consumed by resentment and rancour. So, you should not exclude the possibility that he'll be creating a problem between Kaliningrad and Belarus. That area is the gateway from Western Europe to the Baltic countries. If he closes that passage, it would be a reason for war for NATO.”Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
NOS
24 February 2022
Matthijs Veenendaal“Trust is a key foundation of a well-functioning society. Without reliable communication, organizations cannot operate effciently, be they corporations or government institutions. Malicious actors are aiming to exploit vulnerabilities in communication flows. With the advent

of new technology, it is possible for adversaries to impersonate leaders and create false impressions among population.

The Tallinn based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence will organize a session focusing on questions including: What is at stake? What can nations do to enhance and protect trust in democratic institutions? Or is it already too late?”
Matthijs Veenendaal
Henk Vredeling“I'm also a little bit against the NATO in the way that it's a fremdkörper. It's de facto America. We should view cases more independently.”Henk Vredeling1985

 

Employees on Wikispooks

EmployeeJobAppointedEndDescription
Philip BreedloveSupreme Allied Commander Europe13 May 20134 May 2016Attended the 2014 Bilderberg
Wesley ClarkSupreme Allied Commander Europe11 July 19973 May 2000
Bantz J. CraddockSupreme Allied Commander Europe7 December 20062 July 2009
Chris DonnellyNATO/Secretary General/Special Adviser19892003"Special Advisor for Central and Eastern European Affairs"
Dwight D. EisenhowerSupreme Allied Commander Europe2 April 195130 May 1952The first holder of this office
John GalvinSupreme Allied Commander Europe26 June 198724 June 1992
Alfred GruentherSupreme Allied Commander Europe11 July 195320 November 1956Attended 2 Bilderbergs in this capacity
Alexander HaigSupreme Allied Commander Europe15 December 19741 July 1979
Sijbren de JongStrategic Analyst Russia and UkraineNovember 2018
George JoulwanSupreme Allied Commander Europe22 October 199311 July 1997
Ed KronenburgDirector of the Private Office of the Secretary General of NATOJanuary 20042007
Lyman LemnitzerSupreme Allied Commander Europe1 January 19631 July 1969
Arndt Freytag von LoringhovenNATO/Assistant Secretary-General for Intelligence and Security1 December 20162019
John LoughInformation Representative19951998
Willem MatserLieutenant Colonel in StaffArrested in February 2003.<a href="#cite_note-1">[1]</a>
Lauris NorstadSupreme Allied Commander Europe20 November 19561 January 1963
Joseph RalstonSupreme Allied Commander Europe3 May 200017 January 2003
Matthew B. RidgwaySupreme Allied Commander Europe30 May 195211 July 1953
Bernard RogersSupreme Allied Commander Europe1 July 197926 June 1987
Curtis ScaparrottiSupreme Allied Commander Europe4 May 20163 May 2019
John ShalikashviliSupreme Allied Commander Europe24 June 199222 October 1993
James StavridisSupreme Allied Commander Europe2 July 200913 May 2013
Tod WoltersSupreme Allied Commander Europe3 May 2019

 

Event Planned

EventLocation(s)Description
Russia’s Strategy on NATO'S Eastern and Southern FlanksBarcelona Centre for International AffairsA CIDOB/The Institute for Statecraft/NATO meeting

 

EventDescription
Answering Russia's Strategic NarrativesInvitation only one day event organised by The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, sponsored by The Institute for Statecraft, about "Russian propaganda"

 

Event Participated in

EventStartEndDescription
HMS Defender Crimea controversy23 June 202123 June 2021A diplomatic military controversy between Russia and the UK

 

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An Alumnus on Wikispooks

PersonBornNationalitySummaryDescription
André Steur1970NetherlandsSolider
Soldier
War criminal?
Dutch Director of Plans & Major General of the Dutch Air Force. Connected to 2015 Hawija bombing.


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