Kidnapping in Milan: A True Life Detective Story

In the mail this week: Steve Hendrick's "A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial". It's detective vs. spy. From the inside cover:

A Kidnapping in Milan is at once a detective story, a history of the terrorist menace and an indictment of the belief that man's savagery against man can be stilled with more savagery yet.

The story focuses on the CIA's 2003 kidnapping of Muslim cleric, Abu Omar on the streets of Milan and his extraordinary rendition (via Ghost Air) to Egypt where he was tortured. Italian authorities, led by Magistrate Armando Spaturo, launched an investigation that exposed the embarrassing details of the covert CIA operation and indicted 26 CIA agents on charges of kidnapping. 23 were convicted and sentenced in abstentia.

Scott Horton at Harper's has an interesting interview with Hendricks about the book, which promises to be a great read.

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    This looks awesome. (none / 0) (#1)
    by lilburro on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 01:17:52 PM EST
    I hope it reveals a lot about the organization and how these ridiculous decisions were made.  What perfect timing for this post - just as Bush is back on TV to remind us that not only were his actions vile, they were also sloppy and ineffective.

    Important book few will read (none / 0) (#2)
    by Rashomon66 on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 07:35:09 PM EST
    No doubt this book sheds some light on the CIA's use of barbaric tactics which often get nothing much in the way of information. It's too bad that a good number of Americans think torture is just fine. Hopefully more books like this can help lead us out of the dark ages into more responsible legal avenues in dealing with suspects. But maybe that is hoping for too much.