Italy convicts 23 US CIA agents

You never quite know where Italy is going next. The down side to these convictions is that it’s falling on some but not all of those involved in the disgraceful “extraordinary rendition” policy. What about those who gave the orders at the top? Why should the Bush administration get a free pass on this? The Guardian:

Twenty-three Americans were tonight convicted of kidnapping by an Italian court at the end of the first trial anywhere in the world involving the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” programme for abducting terrorist suspects.

The former head of the CIA in Milan Robert Lady was given an eight-year jail sentence for his part in the seizure of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, known as Abu Omar, who claimed that he was subsequently tortured in Egypt. Lady’s superior, Jeff Castelli, the then head of the CIA in Italy, and two other Americans were acquitted on the grounds that they enjoyed diplomatic immunity.


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