C.I.A. Italian-Job, Kidnapping Capers - And Much, Much More ...
MILAN, Italy - A judge Friday indicted 26 Americans and five Italians in the abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect on a Milan street in what would be the first criminal trial stemming from the CIA's extraordinary rendition program.So, they almost certainly won't be sent over to Italy to stand trial, eh?
The judge set a trial date for June 8, although the Americans, who have all left the country, almost certainly will not be returned to Italy.
So what's new?
Since when was the CIA ever accountable to anyone, other than it's own big boss(es)?
You know the type we're talking about; those like ex C.I.A. boss of bosses such as George H.W.Bush -- before he became President of the United States -- as also, incidentally ( and so soon afterwards), did G.H.W.B and big Babs' own blue eyed boy, George W. Bush.
Two of 'em, eh? Out of three hundred million plus, possibles?
Well, perhaps we shouldn't worry too much. Maybe certain special families really are born lucky. Eh?
But back to the 'Italian job,' business of the day.
The CIA has refused to comment on the case, which has put an uncomfortable spotlight on its operations.
Prosecutors are pressing the Italian government to seek the extradition of the Americans. The previous government of Silvio Berlusconi refused, and Premier Romano Prodi's center-left government has yet to make its decision.
Even if a request is made for their extradition — a move bound to further strain U.S.-Italian relations — it was unlikely that the CIA agents would be turned over for trial abroad.
Yeah, like we said, we already knew they're always considered special cases -- way above and beyond any laws of any land.
Including their own land (of the free?). As well as those mentioned below.
Prosecutors elsewhere in Europe are moving ahead with cases aimed at the CIA program.
This week, the Swiss government approved prosecutors' plans to investigate the flight
Read the full AP report right here.
Would you believe we almost forgot about this photo we found ... showing some other 'specialists' of their day ... in Bosnia, in 1999?
Nawrh ... never ... McCain could never become a president too ... nawrh ... it couldn't ever happen ... could it?
Finally, before we both bugger off -- how the hell could any specialist/covert/CIA kind of blog coverage be complete without including something this spectacularly special, from the forever fantastic Chris Floyd?
** Hefty hat-tips for the Floyd report go to Griffon in Oz and Mark A. in America.