May 28, 2008


Italian Investigator Says U.S. Agents Left Obvious Clues in Abduction Case (ELISABETTA POVOLEDO, 5/29/08, NY Times)

A top Italian terrorism investigator on Wednesday described the government’s ease in unraveling an alleged C.I.A. operation to kidnap a radical imam: all that was necessary, the investigator said, was to trace the cellphones in use near the spot in Milan where the imam disappeared while going to a mosque in February 2003.

“The evidence led us to believe that the operative group consisted of Americans,” the investigator, Bruno Megale, the head of Milan’s antiterrorism police force, told a packed court. “Some of the phones had called numbers in the United States, some had called the state of Virginia,” where the Central Intelligence Agency has its headquarters.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 28, 2008 10:18 PM

Uh... I'm no expert on covert ops, but do you suppose that the CIA "accidentally" kinda, sorta on purpose left "evidence" behind? So that radical imams all over the world are looking over their shoulders? No better way to "deradicalize" an imam or two than to perpetuate the notion that spooks might swoop down on them and take them for a little drive.

Posted by: Brian McKim at May 28, 2008 11:41 PM

Or was it a counter-counter-counter-terrorist ops, orchestrated by the CIA on the CIA by CIA? huh? Huh? yea, yea...yea

Posted by: KRS at May 29, 2008 12:17 AM

"on purpose left "evidence" behind"

You wish. They were worse than keystone cops. Some of them used their real names on their air tickets and hotel rooms when they were told not to, because they wanted to claim their airline miles. Some of them called their own home to chat with loved ones.

Seems like it was a counter-counter-counter-CIA ops (oops?), orchestrated by Osama.

Posted by: ic at May 29, 2008 2:44 AM

The only thing unusual about this opertion is that they actually managed to grab their guy.

Posted by: curt at May 29, 2008 7:28 AM

Funny, but true, it's like that old National Review quip; 'it had all the earmarks of a CIA
operation, everyone but the target were killed."
Of course, you would think they would have stopped the investigation and focus on a real matter; like the Somalis who were planning the
7/21 followup to 7/7

Posted by: narciso at May 29, 2008 10:39 AM