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March 30, 2005


Nur al-Cubicle

A decades-old practice, apparently...well, some "liberal activist judges" in "other people's democracies" threaten to do something about it:

Thursday, February 17, 2005. Milan. CIA under investigation in Italy. 12 CIA agents kidnapped Egyptian Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, 42, known as Abu Omar, in broad daylight on a Milan street in February 2003 and took him to Aviano USAF Base where he was tortured and interrogated for seven hours before being set to Egypt, where he is still imprisoned. Nasr lost his hearing and the use of his legs as a result. The Milan Public Prosecutor's Office knows the identity of the US agents and is considering their arrest on kidnapping charges.


Abu Omar is an interesting case because, as far as I can tell, he is guilty as all get-out. It's unclear to me why he needed to be grabbed and tortured, however. Couldn't the Italians have just arrested and interrogated him themselves? They were the ones who tapped his phone for several years, after all.


Would it have been politically practicable, praktike?

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