Tuesday, 6 October 2009


Later this month, a Milan court is due to return verdicts on 26 Americans, all but one of them CIA agents, accused of the extraordinary rendition of a radical Egyptian cleric, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr. Armando Spataro, a public prosecutor who made his name with a series of big mafia trials in the Nineties, wants to send the 26 Americans down for between ten and 13 years. Because the agents are being tried in absentia, and the US won't extradite them, it is unlikely any of them will ever end up behind bars.

Nonetheless, a guilty verdict would still be of symbolic importance: a repudiation of the unchecked zeal with which the Bush administration chased its enemies in the aftermath of 9/11; a firm message that no intelligence agency is above the law, even in an allied country; and a significant victory for the independence of the Italian judiciary, which had been under government pressure not to pursue this case.

"Democracies are founded on principles that cannot be renounced even in moments of emergency," Spataro said last week. "If we gave up that vision we would have partly lost the fight against terrorism."

HOW TRUE. I just wish that our judiciary would have been as bold. 9/11 was a horrific incident but when democracies turn to RENDITION and TORTURE of suspects on evidence which is flimsy to say the least, I believe then that it legitimises acts of terror. For every cleric grabbed off the streets in a foreign country, a thousand are converted to the ways of terrorism.


hooky said...

" it legitimises acts of terror. For every cleric grabbed off the streets in a foreign country, a thousand are converted to the ways of terrorism."

I don't think anything legitimises acts of terror.
And if all those beardies were shipped out of Europe and sent back to their homelands it would make us safer. I mean they hate us so why are they here anyway ?
Apart from their love of our benefits they have nothing in common with us.
What's the point of fighting foreign wars if we're opening the floodgates to them in Europe ?

Dark Lochnagar said...

Hookars, I agree with you. I am playing the Devil's advocate with this one to see what reaction there might be. Disappointingly little so far. I still don't agree with fucking Americans snatching British Citizens off our streets. They may be Muslim Bastards, but their our Muslim Bastards, if you see what I mean.

banned said...

Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr is a cunt and I don't care about his Human Rights.
The fault though still lies with the Americans for allowing the Italians to indentify the perpetrators, all 26 of them. Very sloppy espionage.

Dark Lochnagar said...

I mean 26 agents to snatch one guy. What did that cost. They could have got the A team for fuck all and who would argue with that big black bastard with the jewellery!