The strategy of tension (Italian: strategia della tensione) is a theory that describes how to divide, manipulate, and control public opinion using fear, propaganda, disinformation, psychological warfare, agents provocateurs, and false flag terrorist actions.
The theory began with allegations that the United States government and the Greek military junta of 1967–1974 supported far-right terrorist groups in Italy and Turkey, where communism was growing in popularity, to spread panic among the population who would in turn demand stronger and more dictatorial governments.
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... Aginter Press took part in Italy's strategy of tension, a campaign of false flag bombings and an attempted coup d'état organised by the Italian neo-fascists with support from Propaganda Due (P2) and ...
... Bologna was a prosperous stronghold of the Communist Party, it had suffered previous atrocities beginning in 1969 ... A widely disseminated conspiracy theory posited an alliance of corrupt politicians, secret service agents and neo-fascists using terrorism in a Strategy of tension to discredit the left ...
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“Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that the Sixties ended abruptly on August 9, 1969, ended at the exact moment when word of the murders on Cielo Drive traveled like brushfire through the community, and in a sense this is true. The tension broke that day. The paranoia was fulfilled.”
—Joan Didion (b. 1935)
“Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war?”
—Bible: Hebrew, 2 Kings 18:20.