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Friday, June 24, 2005

Why Does Italy Hate America and Love Terrorists?

Uh oh.

In a blow to the Bush Administration policy of turning prisoners over to other countries for torture, 13 CIA agents are in a bit of trouble:

An Italian judge has ordered the arrest of 13 CIA agents for allegedly helping deport an imam to Egypt as part of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts, an Italian official familiar with the investigation said Friday.

The agents are suspected in the seizure of an Egyptian-born imam identified as Abu Omar on the streets of Milan in February 2003, according to the official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. ...

Prosecutors believe the agents seized Omar as part of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program, in which terror suspects are transferred to third countries without court approval, according to reports Friday in newspapers Corriere della Sera and Il Giorno.

And another six are being investigated.

There appears to be a mass of evidence against Abu Omar to begin with, and the Judge that issued the arrest warrant for the CIA agents was giving Italian investigators what they wanted in terms of surveillance and search authority. This goes to show that the stupidity of torture isn't limited to the unfortunate collateral damage of torturing innocent people - it's also recognized as a violation of international law and national sovereignty of the countries from which suspects are kidnapped.

Not to mention it interfered with what could have been a successfully prosecuted case over two years ago.


  • At 4:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We don't hate America, we just want independence.
    Abu Omar was declared guilty by our own magistrature and was going to be arrested by our police; after the legal sentence the CIA arrived and took him away.
    I't just like the Italian secret services come to USA and take away one of your prisoners.
    Just respect the state institutions of the other nations, please.


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