Friday, June 24, 2005

CIA Nabs Terrorist, Italian Judge Issues Arrest Warrant... For CIA Operatives! 
So reports the Muslim American Society.

Don't know what we had on the guy, but we must have wanted him bad.

ROME, Jun 24 (MASNET & News Agencies) - Italian authorities have issued arrest warrants for 13 agents of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) accused of kidnapping an Islamic leader in northern Italy, an Italian newspaper reported.

Osama Mustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, was seized from a Milan street and stuffed into a white van on February 17, 2003, by two Italian-speakers claiming to want to check his identity. He has been missing since, the Corriere della Sera reported.

Nasr was the former imam of a Milan mosque which had been placed under close watch following the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Confirming the arrest warrant without mentioning the U.S. intelligence agency, the prosecutors office said the 13 suspects were believed to be behind Nasr’s abduction, reports Reuters news agency.

But an Italian official familiar with the investigation confirmed newspaper reports Friday that the suspects worked for the CIA, reports the Associated Press (AP).

The official also said there was no evidence Italians were involved or knew about the operation. He asked that his name not be used because official comment was limited to the prosecutor's statement, the news agency reports.

The CIA agents are suspected of abducting Nasr and transferring him to the U.S. military base at Aviano in northern Italy, and from there to an Egyptian jail, where his entourage claim he was tortured during interrogation.

Nasr was spirited away purportedly as part of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program in which terror suspects are transferred to third countries without court approval, subjecting them to possible torture, reports the AP.

Milan prosecutors twice asked the Egyptian authorities for information about the whereabouts of Nasr, who is under investigation in Italy as part of an inquiry into international terrorism, but to no avail.

Foreign intelligence officials believe Nasr had fought in Afghanistan and Bosnia before arriving in Italy in 1997 and obtaining political refugee status. When he disappeared, he was under investigation in Italy for suspected ties to terrorism, including recruiting militants for Iraq, reports Reuters.

Now, ok, I grant that it's reasonable that Italy might object if the CIA goes about willy-nilly capturing its residents and spiriting them away. Former Fascist states are a little sensitive about that since that whole Eichmann affair, you know.

But it's not until later in the article that we get this:

Italy laid charges against Nasr on Friday, formally ordering his arrest for terrorism, which paves the way for his possible extradition to Milan. But his current whereabouts are unknown, the news agency reports

Yep. The Italians were pressing charges on the guy anyway. Even THEY think he's guilty.

You'd think the Italians would think we were doing them a favor.

I mean, they've already had one airport shot to hell by these monsters.

Thank goodness we've got someone in charge who remembers that this is a war, not an episode of "Cops."

Splash, out


Maybe this is the same judge who charged Oriana Fallaci in Italy?
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