Italian Parliament. Licio Gelli's List of P2 Members. 1981
Italian Parliament. Licio Gelli's List of P2 Members. 1981. 30 pages.
Propaganda Due, or P2, is a secret masonic lodge that Licio Gelli
joined in 1966, later to become its Venerable Master. P2 is neo-fascist,
but in Italy during the 1970s, this did not preclude conspiracies
with anarchists, leftists, terrorists, and the CIA. Gelli holds dual
Italian-Argentine citizenship, and was connected with Italian police and
intelligence agencies, as well as with the Mafia, financiers, and the
Vatican. By March 1981, his string was running out. Police raided Gelli's
villa in Tuscany and photographed a list of nearly a thousand "members"
of P2. Many important Italians were on it -- 30 generals, 38 members of
parliament, 4 cabinet ministers, former prime ministers, intelligence
chiefs, newspaper editors, TV executives, businessmen, bankers, 19 judges,
and 58 university professors. The Italian government of Arnaldo Forlani
collapsed during the ensuing scandal.
This list, published by an Italian parliamentary commission, should be
used with caution. It falls somewhere between a list of members and a copy
of Gelli's Rolodex. Many on the list were apparently never asked if they
wanted to join P2, and it is not known to what extent the list includes
members who were formally initiated into the lodge. Since 1981, some of
those listed have demonstrated their distance from P2 to the satisfaction
of the Italian legal system.