Felice Casson (born 5 August 1953, in Chioggia, Province of Venice) is an Italian magistrate and politician, who discovered the existence of Operation Gladio, a "stay-behind" NATO anti-communist army during the Cold War, while investigating on the Peteano bombing in 1972, for which two neo-fascists were convicted; the explosives used in the attack supposedly came from a NATO arms cache. 622 Gladio members, including two people who served as prime minister and president, were exposed in the course of the investigation.
Felice Casson is presently a Member of the Senate of the Italian Republic.
He obtained a law degree from Padua University and entered the magistracy in 1980 as an investigating magistrate. He was subsequently appointed as responsible for preliminary investigations and was public prosecutor in Venice from 1993 to 2005.
He has been on leave since 2006 following his election to the Italian Parliament. In 2008 he was re-elected to the Senate and elected Vice President of the Democratic Party Group. As a magistrate, among the many investigations conducted by Casson - especially in the field of terrorism, the fight against corruption, environmental security, the protection of workers and citizens from exposure to carcinogenic agents - are those on the Peteano massacre, disloyalty of the intelligence service and the State apparatus, terrorism and radical right-wing and international subversive organisations, global trade in warfare material, the GLADIO case, political corruption in the Veneto Region, the fire of La Fenice Theatre in Venice, the trials over deaths from VCM, PVC and asbestos in Marghera, investigations into environmental pollution, disorders caused by depleted uranium and radio spectrum pollution.
As a Senator, he was member of the following committees: Committee on Elections and Parliamentary Immunity, Committee on the Prosecution of Government Members, Standing Commission on the Justice, Committee of Enquiry into Depleted Uranium and the Committee on Workplace Deaths. In particular, he introduced and promoted bills on the fight against corruption and organized crime, the streamlining of civil and criminal law proceedings, safety and prevention measures for workers exposed to genotoxic, carcinogenic substances like asbestos and VCM, environmental crime, population safety and the protection of crime victims.
He taught Law of the Environment at the Venice Istituto Universitario di Architettura and the International Telematic University Uninettuno.
He is a member of the scientific board of the Venice International Academy of Environmental Sciences (I.A.E.S.).
- Lo stato violato (1985 - "The Raped State")
- Servizi segreti e il segreto di stato (1992 - "Secret Services and State Secret")
- La fabbrica dei veleni (2007 - "The poison factory")
- "'Gladio' dominates Italy's political arena". The Independent. 1990-11-16.
- Gladio prosecutor Casson: Ergenekon-like organizations spread like cancer, Today's Zaman, 28 April 2008