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-- "Usual suspects" announced almost immediately after the March 11th Madrid bombings were (1) Basque separatists and (2) al-Qaeda. Suggested by very few is a third possible suspect, having its roots in the post-World War II "Operation Gladio."
In 1948, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) set up a clandestine army in Italy. This was called "Operation Gladio" (from Latin, gladius, meaning sword). Italy was torn between the left (Communists) and the right (Fascists). Operation Gladio's purpose was to overthrow the Italian government if it went Communist. 
So too is the Roman Catholic Church, headquartered in Italy, internally torn between the left (e.g. Liberation Theology) and the right (e.g. Opus Dei). Pope John Paul I, "the smiling Pope," received every issue of a magazine published by Mino Pecorelli. Pecorelli, formerly a member of a secret Masonic society called Propaganda Due (P2), charged that 100 Freemasons had infiltrated the Vatican. Pope John Paul I ordered an investigation of the Vatican Bank but soon thereafter was assassinated. 
So when considering the Roman Catholic Church one needs to be specific about which Church: the right-wing Church or the left-wing Church.
Propaganda Due (P2), according to author Robert Anton Wilson, was "probably founded by Licio Gelli sometime in the 1970s, as part of CIA's Gladio operation..."  This seems to be the Freemasonic infiltration warned of by Pecorelli, which apparently is still entrenched in the Vatican. Pecorelli also claimed that P2 was funded by the CIA. 
The connecting webs are subtle. "The P2 story caused a major scandal in Europe but received scant attention in the American media..."  The facts that P2 founder Licio Gelli was a guest at Ronald Reagan's inauguration and was a chum of George Herbert Walker Bush are tantalizing tidbits. The P2 reliance upon a "Strategy of Tension" to further their aims is more germane.
The "Strategy of Tension" was (is) "a carefully designed plan to fabricate so much leftist terrorism that the Italians would demand an authoritarian or even fascist government."  In the United States, a similar nefarious strategy was revealed by James Bamford in his book, Body Of Secrets: "...the Joint Chiefs of Staff drew up and approved plans for what may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government. In the name of anticommunism, they proposed a secret and bloody war of terrorism against their own country in order to trick the American public..." That plan for provocative terror against their own people in order to gain their support for fighting a Big Enemy was codenamed Operation Northwoods and was conceived in the early 1960s. 
The mist-shrouded activities of true hidden power appear only in glimpses. One glimpse is the Freemasonic propensity for symbolism paired with the numeric signatures on the September 11, 2001 terror events (9/11) and the Madrid March 11, 2004 terror events occurring 911 days after the infamous "9/11." Another glimpse is the 1980 bombing of a railway station in Bologna, Italy, reportedly originated by P2. 
Reportedly also considering a third possibility, besides Basques and al-Qaeda, as suspects in the March 11th Madrid bombings is the German newspaper Junge Welt. "Categorically discarding any of the ETA, Al Qaeda or other Islamic whipping boys that have officially been cited, as behind the March 11 Madrid terrorist bombings, the left-wing Berlin daily, Junge Welt, recommends the 'Strategy of Tension' that haunted Italy in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, as point of reference. " 
"Create tension so as to control tension." "Order out of chaos." The Hegelian dialectic: first create the problem, then provide the solution. This is the subtext of a recent article by Gretchen Small, which warns of "synarchists involved in reviving the new fascist international" and "a potential pretext for unleashing the chaos which could cover for a terrorist operation, to [Vice President Dick] Cheney's benefit." 
It is not publicly known yet who truly was behind the Madrid bombings. All angles ought to be pursued.
Notes The CIA's Greatest Hits by Mark Zepezauer. (Tucson: Odonian Press, 1994) ISBN: 1-878825-30-5  See In God's Name by David Yallop, and the unheralded film, "The Godfather: Part 3."  Everything Is Under Control by Robert Anton Wilson. (New York: HarperCollins, 1998) ISBN: 0-06-273417-2  Rule By Secrecy by Jim Marrs. (New York: HarperCollins, 2000) ISBN: 0-06-019368-9  Body Of Secrets by James Bamford. (New York: Doubleday, 2001) ISBN: 0-385-49907-8  "Madrid Bombings Begin New Strategy Of Tension." Posted by "Rosalinda" at Rumor Mill News, www.rumormillnews.com  "Huntington Raves Again: Watch Out For New Cheney War!" by Gretchen Small. Executive Intelligence Review, March 12, 2004Conspiracy Nation. Think outside the box. http://www.shout.net/~bigred/cn.html
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