Cheney's "Dark Side" Goes on Trial in Italy in Abduction and Torture of Muslim Cleric

8 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Cheney's "Dark Side" Goes on Trial in Italy in Abduction and Torture of Muslim Cleric</h1><p>June 8, 2007 (LPAC)-- Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Vice President Dick Cheney announced that U.S. military and intelligence operations were going to work through "the dark side," explaining that "it's going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal ... It is a mean, nasty, dangerous, dirty business and we have to operate in that arena.</p><p>The day after Cheney's announcement, President Bush signed a top-secret "Presidential Finding," probably written by Cheney's legal counsel David Addington, which authorized U.S. intelligence agencies to establish the "extraordinary rendition" kidnapping program, to create a network of secret prisons abroad, and to use interrogation methods that violated U.S. law and treaty obligations.</p><p>Today, just as President Bush arrived in Italy, the first trial of the Administration's "extraordinary rendition" program opened in Milan, against 26 Americans, mostly believed to be CIA officers and officials, and seven Italians, including the former head of Italy's military intelligence service. None of the Americans, and most of the Italians, were not present in court.</p><p>The case revolved around the abduction of Osama Mustafa Hassan Nasr, known as Abu Omar, from a Milan street in 2003; he was flown from the U.S. air base in northern Italy to Egypt, where he was imprisoned for three years and brutally tortured.</p><p>(See:)</p><p>After opening, the trial was then adjourned until June 18, according to wire reports, so that the court can consider a motion to suspend the trial until the Constitutional Court rules on various issues related to the case.</p><p></p></div></body>