Austrian Election Mixes Old and New CIA Skullduggery
Wayne MADSEN | 14.06.2016 | OPINION

Austrian Election Mixes Old and New CIA Skullduggery

The recent Austrian presidential election, in which a pro-migrant and open European borders Green Party candidate defeated in a razor-thin vote a traditional Austrian nationalist, may have been influenced by old-fashioned CIA «Gladio» skullduggery with more modern «election engineering» tactics.
 
There had been an 11 point difference in pre-election polls showing right-wing and anti-European Union and anti-migrant Austrian Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer comfortably ahead of his presidential election run-off rival, Alexander van der Bellen, the Green Party candidate who was running as an independent.
 
The May 22 election was the closest in Austrian history and the outcome was based upon where election fraud always seems to occur: the counting of absentee ballots. It was the absentee ballots that shot van der Bellen ahead of Hofer in capturing 50.3 percent to Hofer's 49.7 percent of the vote. Significant questions about George Soros-style election flipping have arisen in Austria. For example, one Austrian town had a 149.6 percent turnout. Soros-financed «civil society» groups claim to be upholding the principles of democracy, when, in fact, they train provocateurs and activists to upend elections, in addition to duly-elected governments. And many of Europe's Greens, people like van der Bellen, are mere pro-EU and pro-austerity spoilers for Soros and his global banking and investment colleagues.
 
However, something far more sinister than election malfeasance may have been at play in Austria before the presidential election run-off. At about 3:00 am on election morning, a shooting incident in the small Alpine town of Nenzing, not far from the Liechtenstein border, made national news. A local motorcycle gang called «The Lords» remained at an outdoor concert when a man, said to have gotten into an argument with his girlfriend, opened fire with 30 rounds on a crowd of about 150 people who were still at the concert. The shooter used a modified Yugoslavian Kalashnikov AKSMU, a semi-automatic assault pistol known as the Zastava M92. Two people were killed and 10 wounded before the shooter, identified by the police as 27-year old «Gregor S,» turned the weapon on himself.
 
The M70 assault weapons used in the deadly jihadist terrorist attacks in Paris, in which 130 people were killed, were also Zastavas. The Zastava M70 modified Kalashnikov AK-47s used in the attack were manufactured at the same state-owned Yugoslav factory in what is now Serbia. In the 1980s, today’s Zastava Arms Company was known as the «Zavodi Crvena Zastava» factory.
 
The infamous NATO «stay behind network» known widely as OPERATION Gladio in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, and the Netherlands, but by other code phrases such as ABSALON in Denmark, PLAN BLEU in France, and SHEEPSKIN in Greece, cached away weapons in secret armories located throughout Europe that were to be used by stay-behind guerrillas and partisans kin the event of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe during the Cold War. GLADIO also extended to Europe. Originally, the stashed weapons were of Western manufacture.
 
By the late 1970s and 80s, Gladio altered its weapons procurement criteria. In order to ratchet up Cold War tensions with the Communist-ruled countries, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency began procuring weapons from countries like Poland, the Soviet Union, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia and storing them in Gladio caches and armories. Various right-wing terrorist groups and «false flag» paramilitary units were permitted to obtain these Communist bloc weapons in order to carry out terrorist attacks that were then blamed by NATO governments on «leftist» groups like the Italian Red Brigade, the West German Red Army Faction, and the Belgian Communist Combatant Cells. When the Eastern European-made weapons, particularly the ubiquitous Kalashnikov assault rifle and its various clones, were discovered by police, the blame was naturally cast by NATO and the CIA on the Warsaw Pact countries and Yugoslavia.
 
The fact that Zastava weapons from the 1980s were used the jihadist attack in Paris last November and the more recent reputed «neo-Nazi» attack in Austria, in addition to confirmation that a number of 1980s-vintage Zastava weapons have been found in the hands of CIA-supported jihadist rebel forces in Syria, points to CIA and other Western intelligence «false flag» operations not only in France and Austria but possibly in other countries. Modified Zastava assault weapons possibly were also used in the January 2015 Paris attack on the office of the satirical magazine «Charlie Hebdo».
 
Western news media reported that the Zastava weapons likely originated in the weapons bazaar’s in the Balkans and were smuggled past pan-European Schengen security controls into Western Europe. This sort of news «meme» would be spoon-fed to the media in order to mask the use of Gladio arms already cached inside the Schengen Zone.
 
One of the Zastava weapons that was used in the November terrorist attacks in Paris was traced to a Delray Beach, Florida firm called Century Arms. The Florida firm supplied weapons to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan contra guerrillas in the 1980s. During the 1980s, a number of Zastava rifles available on the CIA-connected black market found their way into the hands of the Irish Republican Army (IRA).
 
Some Austrian voters went to the polls on the morning of May 22 with the belief that the Nenzing assailant, a member of the neo-Nazi motorcycle gang «Blood and Honor,» was in some way connected with presidential candidate Hofer. After he participated in a 2005 attack on a punk rock concert, Gregor S was prohibited from carrying any weapon. Gregor S was also declared a psychotic by state medical authorities. Gregor S. faded from the public view - until election morning in Austria.
 
After the shooting, police «conveniently» discovered neo-Nazi literature, as well as grenades and standard military ammunition, in Gregor S's home. Where did the shooter, barred from owning any weapon, get the gun and ammunition?
 
The Nenzing shooting had all the signs of a Gladio-style false flag operation. Although Gladio was a CIA/NATO Cold War creation - a program to leave weapons and ammunition scattered throughout Western Europe for the use by paramilitary «stay behind» personnel to engage in sabotage against a Soviet invasion force - elements of the network are very much alive today. If there was a Western psychological warfare operation designed to plant the seed in the minds of Austrian voters of a link between the Nenzing shooting and the right-wing Hofer certainly paid off. Van der Bellen made up 11 points in pre-election opinion polls to narrowly defeat Hofer in a razor-thin election. Austrian supporters of Hofer certainly have a good case when it comes to questioning the validity of the presidential election.
 
Austrian Freedom Party leader Heinz Christian Strache has filed a legal challenge to the outcome of the election. Strache cited «irregularities» with postal absentee ballots that may have affected as many as 570,000 votes. With over a half million dubious votes being counted, the Freedom Party has a valid case. Strache said it is clear that Hofer would have been comfortably elected president without the questionable votes being counted in favor of van der Bellen, the stooge for George Soros and his gang of «open borders for additional migrants» advocates. The Austrian election may have seen the future strategy in Europe in tamping down the national sovereigntists: an injection of high-tech election tampering with the sudden shock of a Gladio-era «false flag» terrorist attack. In any event, it is a recipe for disaster.
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