Living the Good Life in the CIA
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It's sounds like a really cool job working for the CIA in Italy. You get to stay in the $450 a night Prince of Savoy Hotel in Milan, you get to double cross your hosts, the Italians, and then you kidnap people and take them some place nice like Egypt, where they can be tortured.
Imagine, according to the LA Times, it took 19 men and woman, running up a tab of $150,000 to grab one person, even though the Italians supplied them with all the information, in what the prosecutor calls an inauspicious act that has contaminated the overall fight against terrorism."
Apparently the CIA, while having a good time, created a major international incident, executing a sneak "'extraordinary rendition,' a highly controversial U.S. tactic .....used to pursue suspected terrorists since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Dozens of people have been seized by CIA operatives in foreign lands and sent to third countries, according to intelligence officials and human rights organizations."
Our wild spending spies also had a swell time, celebrating in Italy, following the snatch. Several of the agents traveled to Venice, no doubt taking gondola rides in the famous canals, and staying at a luxurious five-star hotel, according to papers filed in court papers, Four other agents took a vacation on the Mediterranean coast north of
the famed wine and food province of Tuscany. It wouldn't have been worth it if they got caught in the country, because it might have cost them 10 years in jail, for the kidnapping charge. But no one is expecting any one
to get arrested , in part because the suspects used aliases, and the U.S. has refused to even comment on the case.
Don Hazen is the executive editor of AlterNet.