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    It's about time someone did something like this. Seriously, the US Government is getting so shifty lately. What happened to "of the People, by the People" and "spreading freedom?" Our Forefathers must be rolling in their graves

    Originally posted by BBC
    Germany issues CIA arrest orders
    Germany has ordered the arrest of 13 suspected CIA agents over the alleged kidnapping of one of its citizens. Munich prosecutors confirmed that the warrants were linked to the case of Khaled al-Masri, a German national of Lebanese descent.

    Mr Masri says he was seized in Macedonia, flown to a secret prison in Afghanistan and mistreated there.

    He says he was released in Albania five months later when the Americans realised they had the wrong man.

    Mr Masri says his case is an example of the US policy of "extraordinary rendition" - a practice whereby the US government flies foreign terror suspects to third countries without judicial process for interrogation or detention.

    Code names

    Prosecutors in Munich said in a statement that the city's court had issued the warrants on suspicion of abduction and grievous bodily harm.

    The suspects listed in the arrest warrants are believed to be so-called code names of CIA agents
    Munich prosecutors' statement

    The information on which the warrants was based came from Mr Masri's lawyers and a journalist and officials in Spain, where the flight carrying Mr Masri is thought to have originated.

    "These findings, as well as other information uncovered in the probe, led to the strong suspicion that these 13 identifiable people were involved in the abduction of Masri," it said.

    The names and nationalities concerned were not released but prosecutors said the names identified were thought to be the code names of CIA agents.

    "The investigation will now focus on learning the actual names of the suspects," they said.

    German arrest warrants are not valid in the US but if the suspects were to travel to the European Union they could be arrested.

    Italian case

    Mr Masri says he was abducted by US agents in the Macedonian capital, Skopje, on 31 December 2003.

    He is seeking to sue the US government over his detention, but in May a judge dismissed a lawsuit he filed against the CIA, citing national security considerations.

    The US government is not assisting the German authorities with the case.

    Meanwhile in the Italian city of Milan, court hearings to decide whether to indict 25 alleged CIA agents and several Italians accused of kidnapping a Muslim cleric in 2003 are under way.

    Osama Mustafa Hassan, or Abu Omar, says he was abducted from the streets of Milan and then tortured in Egypt.

    If the case proceeds to trial, it would be the first criminal prosecution over America's rendition policy.

    The practice has drawn widespread criticism from human rights groups, legal experts and the international community.

    But last week a European...

  • #2
    Well, it's gonna be kinda hard to prosecute since they don't even know their real names. I don't doubt that this is true, I'm just saying that they probably aren't going to get anywhere. The CIA must have ways to cover their ass for this and would probably just change the code names or something.


    • #3
      The fact that the CIA kidnaps people is hardly new...
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      • #4
        Originally posted by FlyingPhotog
        The fact that the CIA kidnaps people is hardly new...
        That does not mean that we should be complacent about it, nor let it slide under the rug.
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        • #5
          I don't know why Germany even tries, the chance that the USA will hand them over those CIA agents is between slim and none and slim just left the planet.


          • #6
            Originally posted by DAL767-400ER
            I don't know why Germany even tries, the chance that the USA will hand them over those CIA agents is between slim and none and slim just left the planet.
            I don't think there there was ever even a slim chance. I mean, the CIA is the one that orders this type of stuff. It's not like the agents just kidnap people on their own.


            • #7
              I don't think the answer is to prosecute the agents as they were just following orders. THey should be using diplomatic means to end this.

              I could be wrong about them taking orders, but its my best guess.