Club de Berne
| Club de Berne |
(Deep state milieu, Third rail topic)
|Founder||Fedricio Umberto D'Amato?|
|Interests||“Islamic terrorism”, “counter terrorism”|
|Shadowy group of intelligence agencies of the 28 states of the European Union (EU), Norway and Switzerland.|
As of July 2016, Wikipedia had a page for this group, though lacking material from commercially-controlled media it was very sparse. The intelligence agencies themselves have tended not to publicise it in recent years, and have not maintained old pages about it. Wikipedia claims that it is an institution based on voluntary exchange of secrets, experience and views as well as discussing problems. The Club has existed since 1971 and has no secretariat and takes no decisions.
Counter Terrorist Group
The Counter Terrorist Group (CTG) is an offshoot of the Club and shares "terrorism" intelligence. It provides threat assessments to EU policy makers and provides a form for expert collaboration. The Group was created after 9/11 to further intelligence sharing cooperation between European intelligence structures. CTG, like the Club, is outside of the EU's institutions but communicates with them via the participation of the EU Intelligence Analysis Centre (EU INTCEN) (a branch of the European External Action Service). It reportedly "focuses on militant Islamist terrorism"".
Fedricio Umberto D'Amato claimed to have initiated the group in Alan Francovich's film. Another report claims that the Swiss Bundespolizei (Bupo) and the inland service Inland-Dienst started the group in 1969.
- “Club de Berne” meeting in Switzerland Swiss Federal Office of Police (28/April/2004)
- Rettman, Andrew (31 March 2011) EU commission keen to set up new counter-terrorism office, EU Observer
- European counter "terrorism" meeting, MI5
- Operation Gladio (film)