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Posted on Jan 9, 2007
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A court in Italy will decide whether to charge 25 alleged CIA agents for participating in an act of “extraordinary rendition.” The trial, should it go ahead, will be the first to address the heinous tactic, by which the United States or its allies kidnap terror suspects in order to remove them to torture-friendly nations.


Among those facing prosecution is the retired CIA station chief in Milan, Robert Seldon Lady, who was reportedly rushed back to America, leaving behind the villa he had bought with his life savings.

According to testimony compiled for the case, Mr. Lady opposed the abduction [of a Muslim cleric] but was later overruled by his boss in Rome, who is also a co-defendant.

Lead investigator Armando Spataro has appealed to the government of Prime Minister Romano Prodi to seek the extradition of the U.S. suspects.

It has not indicated whether it will. The previous administration of Silvio Berlusconi rejected the request.

Among the Italians accused of kidnapping is the former head of Italy’s military intelligence agency, Nicolo Pollari. Mr. Pollari recently lost his job following a parliamentary inquiry.

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By Scott Sampson, February 16, 2007 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment
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Well… I am not an American, but I DO have a lot of American friends… I guess it is a fluke that they are all Democrats (?)
I cannot figure out how the country has supported the likes of Bush and his henchmen. To me it seems to go against the constitution that your society holds so dear.
The example set by organizations like the CIA (and CSIS in Canada) do nothing but further the cause of terror. As a retired soldier, I would always stand beside my American friends. In fact Canadians were first in during WWI and WWII even before the US. We also supported the US in Korea and the first Gulf War. In fact 5000 Canadians volunteered for Vietnam.
However, if I was to discover CIA operatives in my country I would certainly have a MAJOR issue. If those operatives did this sort of thing in Canada, I would INSIST they were charged. If not extradited…. (well, have you seen Munich ??)
If the US bombed Canada (which will never happen I am sure) and killed a family member, there is a VERY good chance that regardless of previous feelings I would fight back. Unfortunately I don’t have my own tank or nuclear arsenal so other methods would be required. 200 years ago we stood across a field and marched towards each other and fired… Those that hid in bushes were terrorists. Now ‘hiding’ is a strategy.
Isn’t it funny…. Most people get along…. But most countries are ruled by idiots that create issues that the common folk have to clean up. I certainly don’t have the answer, but I KNOW that our politicians have even less of one.
It seems that those who want peace aren’t the ones who are the most vocal. It seems that those that want peace are unarmed. The only way I can see to win is to change opinions. EDUCATION !!

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By Lefty, January 10, 2007 at 7:04 am Link to this comment
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According to the article: “None of the accused Americans is thought to be still in Italy, and correspondents say it is unlikely the US would extradite them for trial.”

To bad.  They should, each and every one, get a taste of their own medicine in a forign jail.

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By Jackie T. Gabel, January 9, 2007 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment
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RE:    •    Comment #46459 by vet240  on  1/09  at  12:58 pm — “Who was it who said, “Those who give up liberty for security deserve neither”?

>>>>>>>>>>> It was Benjamin Franklin who wrote, Nov 11, 1755: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

This is exactly what Americans have done, especially in reaction to 9/11 and the Myth of Islamofascism. The Strangelove neocon maniacs, schooled on the elitism of Leo Strauss and fascism of Carl Schmitt, and driven by Nietzchien craving for endless war, must be stopped, and 911Truth is the only issue sharp enough to pierce their vampire hearts. Indeed tug on every thread with any chance of unraveling their tissue of lies…but beyond all else,

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By vet240, January 9, 2007 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment
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Like all previous Despots, most Americans will react with shock. What? I…I didn’t do anything wrong!

If the individuals arrested are in fact guilty by evidence, not only should the accused have access to that evidence, but the public has a right to see that evidence too. Secret trials conducted without access to the evidence are conducted by Dictatorships, not Democracies. If the individual was/is guilty then surely the Italian Government has the court structure to properly bring charges against the accused.

Extraordinary rendition is Orwellian speak for Kidnapping.

America should be ashamed of the conduct of it’s government, not just from a moral point of view but from a legal point of view. America has become what we started out to defeat. We are the terrorists. We have lost the right to a fair trial, the right to privacy, and soon the right to dissent. Wake up America, demand a return of all rights now!

I think America (Bush/cheney/rumsfeld/Rice) may soon find themselves subject to the International courts. When and if that day comes I hope we can arrange an extraordinary plane trip for those charged to a convenient location near the charging courts.

If we have allowed our fear to turn us into clones of the terrorists, they have already won.

Who was it who said, “Those who give up liberty for security deserve neither”?

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By Quy Tran, January 9, 2007 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment
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They will hang Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld…and those who help them to make this world less safer as war criminals.

Also hang those who build all kind of weapons to annihilate humanity for their monies and glories as super power nation !

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By Rodney Matthews, January 9, 2007 at 10:49 am Link to this comment
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If the congress won’t hold people in our government accountable for war crimes or illegal acts, maybe the international community should. They should charge Bush, Cheney ,and Rumsfeld as war criminals.

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By HeadlessHessian, January 9, 2007 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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Well, well!  The proverbial chickens are coming home to roost!  Feathers all over the place, what a mess.
Kidnapping, torture, violating Italys asylum laws by extraditing a national.  Man…we as a country are in deep shit! 

Thanks to Shrub and Darth.


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