CIA In Italy

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

In a follow up to a previous post, an Italian prosecutor last week asked a judge to issue six more arrest warrants to CIA agents involved in the abduction of Abu Omar (Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr). This would bring the total amount of arrest warrants issued by the Italian courts for CIA operatives to 19.

Not only was it wrong for the U.S. to abduct a person off the streets of another country, but the Italian police were investigating this man and had their case blown out of the water. Fortunately for us, this has turned the Italian police investigation onto the CIA and their actions in Milan. So what did it cost the American taxpayer for the CIA to kidnap a man and send him to Egypt to be tortured?

The hotel costs alone were $144,984! That includes rooms at Principe di Savoia, Westin Palace, Milan Hilton, and Star Hotel Rosa. These are all 5-star hotels, with the Principe di Savoia labeled as one of the finest hotels in the world. It is reported by Craig Whitlock, in an article on TomDispatch, that the agents charged as much as $500 a day. How did they transport Abu Omar to Egypt once they illegally abducted him? It appears that they used a Learjet to transport him to Germany and from there he was put onto a Gulfstream V bound for Egypt. Are these security agents being paid by the American taxpayer, or CEO's on an Italian vacation?


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