Italy’s former intelligence chief Nicolo Pollari has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the rendition of a terror suspect.
The court in Milan also sentenced his former deputy Marco Mancini to nine years in jail over the 2003 kidnapping.
Italy’s courts have already convicted in absentia 22 CIA agents over the same case. The abducted Egyptian cleric said he was flown to Egypt and tortured.
Phi Beta Iota: What CIA has been doing (and continues to do) with rendition, torture in secret prisons, drones carrying out extrajudicial killings, and smuggling arms to Syrian dissidents, is ample grounds for the USA as a whole to be condemned in world public opinion — and in the World Court — to the point that other governments could legiimately declare all CIA personnel (they are very easy to identify) personna non grata; those that do not leave get locked up. Right now CIA has the edge of Joint Special Operations Group (JSOG) in terms of stupid, but JSOG seems determined to own the moral disengagement terrain, and the two together — CIA and JSOG — appear to be as toxic a combination as the USA has ever fielded. The good news is that at the tactical level, JSOG’s experienced senior non-commissioned officers are starting to realize they have been lied to, asked to do things that are not warranted by pressing national interest, and being killed for no good reason other than to keep John Brannan looking active in the White House.